Alert level in Egypt up to 4-A A +A
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday raised the crisis alert level in Egypt to 4 amid the worsening political crisis and rising death toll in the country.
In a statement, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario announced the raising of the alert level after personally visiting Cairo for the second time in two weeks.
"The marked deterioration of peace and order in Egypt, exacerbated by the ongoing political instability and grave security challenges in that country, make working and living there increasingly difficult and dangerous," said del Rosario.
The assessment, the DFA noted, was highlighted by the incident, wherein a Filipino-Egyptian teen was hit by a stray bullet during clashes near her home in Helwan.
Del Rosario said the victim is already on the road to recovery and was in good spirits during his visit.
Under Crisis Alert Level 4, the Philippine government will be implementing mandatory repatriation at no cost to the Filipinos looking to leave Egypt.
"We call on Filipino nationals in Egypt to contact the Philippine Embassy in Cairo immediately and to avail of its repatriation service," said del Rosario.
He noted that a Rapid Response Team (RRT) had already arrived in Cairo last Saturday to assist in the implementation of the repatriation program for the estimated 6,000 Filipinos in Egypt.
Del Rosario noted that the Philippine Embassy in Cairo may be reached through trunk lines: (+202) 25213062/64/65/51; direct lines: (+202) 2516 6217 / 25213045; mobile hotlines: (+2) 012 2743 6472 / 012 8247 6554; fax no.: (+202) 2521-3048; Facebook: Cairo Philippine Embassy; or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
On Monday, the number of people that died in Egypt has already grown to 830 owing to the numerous clashes between the army government’s security forces and the supporters of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. (HDT/Sunnex)