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Afghanistan crisis: Chaos as Europeans scramble to evacuate Kabul

Chaotic conditions have been reported outside Kabul airport as European governments rush to bring home their citizens as well as Afghan colleagues.

French, Dutch, German, Spanish, Czech and Polish planes have all left in recent hours.

Shots were reported near the airport on Wednesday, as crowds approached.

The Dutch government said the situation was "awful", but was widely criticised for its failure to prepare for the Taliban's takeover of the capital.

Staff at the Dutch embassy were so taken by surprise on Sunday that they said they did not have time tell Afghan colleagues they were going.

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