PHL embassy in Libya evacuates staff

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Monday, July 28, 2014


THE Philippine Embassy in Tripoli is now evacuating its staff members amid the increasing violence and lawlessness in Libya.

In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said it has decided to evacuate all non-core staff of the Philippine Embassy.

"Due to the increasing violence and lawlessness in Tripoli, all non-core staff of the Philippine Embassy there are being relocated to Tunisia," said the DFA.

The decision came just a week after the Embassy repatriated staff dependents last week.

Left in the Embassy in Tripoli, the DFA noted, are male officers and staff augmented by the Rapid Response Teams.

"They are to remain in Tripoli to oversee the repatriation under Crisis Alert Level 4, which calls for mandatory evacuation," said the DFA.

Meanwhile, the DFA renewed its call to all Filipino nationals there to heed their call for mandatory evacuation from Libya.

"We continue to strongly urge Filipinos to enlist for evacuation before all routes and options become extremely difficult," appealed the DFA.

Filipinos are exhorted to contact the Embassy through the telephone numbers (00218) 918-244-208 / (00218) 911061166, and the e-mail addresses tripoli.pe@gmail.com; tripoli.pe@dfa.gov.ph.

They can also go to the Philippine Embassy, which is located at KM 7 Gargaresh Road, Abu Nawas, P.O. Box 12508, Tripoli, Libya.

On the other hand, the DFA said its 24-hour hotlines remain available for families of Filipinos in Libya, where they can call the hotline numbers (02) 552-7105 / (02) 834-4685, or send their queries by e-mail to oumwa@dfa.gov.ph.

Since implementing the mandatory evacuation in Libya last July 20, the Philippine government has already repatriated 579 of the 13,000 Filipinos there. (HDT/Sunnex)

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