Prepare to Evacuate, Filipinos in Israel, West Bank Told

As the Israel-Hamas conflict continues to escalate, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday raised the alert level in Israel and West Bank.

Now at alert level “2” or restriction phase, the elevated risk level was issued “in view of the threats to security posed by the continued conflict between Israel and Hamas,” the DFA said.

“Filipinos are instructed to restrict non-essential movements, avoid open spaces, and prepare for evacuation,” it said.

Alert level 2 is issued when there are “real threats to the life, security, and property of Filipinos arising from internal disturbance, instability, and external threats.”

israel-mapOnly last Saturday, the DFA raised Alert Level 4 (mandatory repatriation) in Gaza, adding the Philippine government continues to implement mandatory repatriation of Filipinos from there. Philippine embassies in Cairo, Egypt Tel Aviv, Israel and Amman, Jordan are being prepared to repatriate Filipinos from Gaza in coordination with authorities in their respective countries, along with the United Nations and other International Organizations in Gaza.

Meanwhile, the DFA said it continues to monitor developments in the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Also last weekend, the DFA raised the alert level in Libya to “4,” citing the unstable political and security situation there.

“Under Alert Level 4, the Philippine government undertakes evacuation ofabout 13,000 Filipino nationals there as soon as possible while no Filipino national will be allowed to travel to Libya,” DFA said while encouraging Filipinos in Libya to contact the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli for instructions regarding mass evacuation.