UK flies nearly 6000 out of Afghanistan

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The United Kingdom has pulled out 5725 people from Afghanistan since August 13, its defence ministry says.

It has flown out embassy staff, British nationals, those eligible under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy program and nationals from partner nations.

The Times newspaper reports the government plans to fly out up to 6000 British and Afghan citizens this week.

Taliban militants seized Kabul last weekend, sending civilians and Afghan military allies fleeing for safety.

More than 1000 British armed forces personnel have been deployed in Kabul, the government said on Sunday.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson called a virtual meeting of leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations for Tuesday to "ensure safe evacuations, prevent a humanitarian crisis and support the Afghan people".

Britain plans to push G7 leaders to consider new sanctions on the Taliban, a UK government official says, if the group commits human rights abuses and allows its territory to be used as a haven for militants.

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