61 Filipinos from Syria to arrive in Manila on Saturday-A A +A
Friday, March 8, 2013
MANILA -- Some 61 Filipinos from strife-torn Syria are expected to arrive in Manila on Saturday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Friday.
The expatriates are set to arrive at 9:15 a.m. aboard Qatar Airways flight QR 648.
Upon their arrival, the number of repatriates from Syria will reach 3,692 individuals.
"The repatriates underwent a medical check-up before leaving Damascus and were all declared fit to travel. They were then brought by the personnel of the Embassy in Damascus to the Syria-Lebanon border on March 7 on board several chartered buses," the DFA said.
The Philippine Embassy in Beirut made representations with Lebanese Immigration authorities to facilitate the repatriates' entry into Lebanese territory through the Masna'a border crossing.
On March 8, the repatriates proceeded to Beirut's Rafic Hariri International Airport where they took a Qatar Airways flight to Doha, Qatar and then another flight to Manila.
They will be assisted during their five-hour layover at Doha Airport by Philippine Embassy personnel in that country.
The DFA renewed its call to all Filipinos who are still in Syria to seek immediate repatriation to avoid being caught in the escalating violence. (SDR/Sunnex)