PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — More than 1,300 additional Afghan evacuees are now in the Philadelphia area. The city says 1,393 evacuees arrived on five flights Saturday at Philadelphia International Airport.
Hundreds more are anticipated to arrive on additional planes Sunday.READ MORE: 17-Year-Old Student Shot, Killed Near Bartram High School In Southwest Philadelphia, Police Say
Philadelphia International Airport has welcomed a total of more than 7,200 evacuees to the United States so far.
➡️ 1,393 total Afghan evacuees on 5 flights came through @PHLAirport on Sept. 4.
➡️ PHL Airport has welcomed a total of 7,255 evacuees to the U.S. so far.
➡️ Hundreds of more evacuees are anticipated to arrive today on 4 flights.
— City of Philadelphia (@PhiladelphiaGov) September 5, 2021
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Domestic flights resumed this weekend in Afghanistan. They’ve been suspended since the Taliban took over.
A state-run airline is operating between Kabul and three provinces.
The Taliban has also deployed special forces soldiers around the airport.MORE NEWS: Man Arrested In New York For Deadly Shooting At Vineland Wawa
The United Nations says restarting operations there is crucial to providing humanitarian aid to the country.