MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs on Saturday, July 12, raised Alert Level 2 in the Gaza Strip and Kenya in view of the deteriorating security situation in those areas.
Under Alert Level 2 or the Restriction Phase, Filipinos are advised to restrict movement and avoid unnecessary travel and crowded places in the areas concerned.
The DFA said that the Restriction Phase only allows returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) with existing employment contracts, and does not allow the new deployment of workers.
In Kenya, the exception would be workers in the United Nations agencies. There are an estimated 440 Filipinos in Kenya, most of whom reside in Nairobi.
The DFA cited the “threats to security posed by the Israel-Hamas conflict” in raising Alert Level 2 in the Gaza Strip.
“The estimated 109 Filipinos in Gaza are advised to restrict non-essential movements and prepare for possible evacuation,” the DFA said in a statement.
The DFA also raised Alert Level 1 (or the Precautionary Phase) in the West Bank where there are about 113 Filipinos, and in southern and central Israel. There are 36,400 Filipinos in Israel.
Under Alert Level 1, Filipinos are alerted to take the necessary precautions, the DFA said. – Rappler.com
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