UPDATED: August 29, 1:45 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Hundreds of refugees from Afghanistan have begun arriving in Philadelphia.
Between 3 a.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Saturday morning, the White House said approximately 6,800 people were evacuated from Kabul. 4,000 of those evacuees were on U.S. military flights while the remaining 2,800 were rescued on coalition flights.
Among the 4,000 evacuees brought to the United States, some came through Philadelphia International Airport through a federal relief operation called Operation Allies Refuge PHL.
At least two planes carrying evacuees touched down in Philadelphia - one Saturday morning, and another overnight. More than two hundred have arrived so far, with hundreds more expected in the days to come.
One Philadelphia counterterrorism officer who wished to remain anonymous described terrified families arriving with all of their worldly belongings in trash bags, or in t