Were 800 people were airlifted in C17 from Afghanistan

News Claim: An image viral on social media showing a large crowd of people in a cargo plane. It is being claimed that INDIAN AIR FORCE C 17 airlifted over 800 people from Afghanistan after the Taliban attack.

Viral message on WhatsApp today & other Social Media claims:

*INDIAN AIR FORCE rescues Indians from Afghanistan*

*IAF C 17 with 800 people airlifted*...

probably a record.

That's a trainload almost any face

The previous highest was 670.

*This is from Kabul Airport* under the extremely dangerous and unstable situation in Afghanistan.

𝗢𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝟮𝟬𝟬 𝗜𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗻𝘀, 𝗜𝗻𝗰𝗹𝘂𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗳𝗳, 𝗦𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗜𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗞𝗮𝗯𝘂𝗹 𝗘𝗺𝗯𝗮𝘀𝘀𝘆.

Afghanistan crisis: An Indian aircraft is parked at the chaotic Kabul airport, sources said, adding the big concern is how to safely bring the staff from the Indian mission compound to the airport.

New Delhi: Over 800+ Indian has been airlift today morning which includes a large number from northeast India and more than 200 Indians including Foreign Ministry staff and paramilitary soldiers tasked for their protection are yet to be evacuated from Afghanistan's capital Kabul, sources have told NDTV.

An Indian aircraft is parked at the chaotic Kabul airport, sources said, adding the big concern is how to safely bring the staff from the Indian mission compound to the airport. The Taliban has enforced a curfew in the city, they said.

The Indians stranded in Kabul include some 100 personnel of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police or ITBP, tasked with protecting the Indian mission in Afghanistan.

Questions are being raised on why the Indian mission staff were not evacuated in the last three-four days when the situation was on the ground.

News Verification: The information shared on social media is not true. The picture is not from the recent humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan after the Taliban took over the reins of the Afghani people in Afghanistan.  

We searched for the news on Google and found that the image was shared on the Philippines, published in Year 2013

Below is the real photo

 

News verdict: False

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C-17 crew members reflect on Philippine relief efforts

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