British soldiers were pictured rushing to rescue a baby during scorching temperatures outside Kabul airport.
The troops spotted the child among the crowds of Afghans desperate to flee the country after the Talibantakeover Sunday.
A member of the British armed forces cradled the swaddled baby as he and a colleague led the family to the British airfield compound.
It was one of the many heartbreaking scenes that showed the human cost of withdrawal of American troops.
Fearing what the sudden return of the Taliban to power will mean, Afghans have been throw their babies on the razor’s edge from the wall of Kabul airport, begging the soldiers to take their children out of the country.
Witnesses told Sky News that some of the children were caught in the wire.
A video showing a baby passed over the wall and into the hands of a US soldier was shared on social media on Thursday.
The baby’s father asked the Marines to care for the child, who was ill, according to the Pentagon.
The child was taken to a Norwegian airport hospital, where he was treated before being returned to his father.
“I think it was a very human act of compassion on the part of the Marines,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said.
He said he did not know who the father was and whether he was applying for a special immigrant visa, adding: “I do not know where they are”.
Mr Kirby said he was “aware of only one incident”.
Families have risked their lives to flee the capital, avoiding gunfire at the doors on the civilian side of the airport and walking past aggressive Taliban fighters, who occasionally beat and harass them.
The Taliban are controlling the crowds of people trying to reach the British position.
More than 18,000 people have been evacuated from the airport to date.
The soldiers worked with interpreters to process people of different nationalities upon arrival at the barricade, including Afghans with valid asylum cases.
Those who do not have the right papers are turned away.
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Sky News spoke to a terrified mother at the gates with her four-year-old daughter, whose husband started beating her when he joined the Taliban.
She said, “Afghanistan is the Taliban. The Taliban are terrorists. My husband is a terrorist Taliban.
She and her child had nothing but a letter from the UN identifying them as victims.