More than 100 Afghan citizens arrived at the Skopje International Airport in North Macedonia on August 30, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported.
“It is a humanist act but also our obligation to provide these people a safe harbor. We stand with our allies, and we are committed regarding humanitarian emergencies,” North Macedonian Foreign Affairs Minister Bujar Osmani tweeted.
One passenger, a woman 39 weeks into a pregnancy, was taken to a hospital upon arrival, RFE/RL reported. The other evacuees were accommodated in hotels on the outskirts of Skopje and were issued 90-day residency permits.
The North Macedonian government had said it expected to temporarily host 780 Afghan refugees, but Prime Minister Zoran Zaev announced that the country could take in up to 1,800 if needed, RFE/RL reported. Credit: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty via Storyful