15 Filipinos repatriated from Libya set to arrive today — DFA

By Roy Mabasa

Fifteen Filipinos, including five minors and two Islamic scholars, will be arriving in the country Thursday, May 30, from war-torn Libya, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday.

The Philippine Embassy in Tripoli sends off the latest batch of 15 Filipinos to be repatriated from Libya on Wednesday. The repatriates, including five minors and two students from the Islamic Call College, will arrive in Manila on Thursday, May 30, 2019. (Tripoli PE photo / VIA DFA / MANILA BULLETIN)
The Philippine Embassy in Tripoli sends off the latest batch of 15 Filipinos to be repatriated from Libya on Wednesday. The repatriates, including five minors and two students from the Islamic Call College, will arrive in Manila on Thursday, May 30, 2019 (Tripoli PE photo / VIA DFA / MANILA BULLETIN)

This brings the total number of Filipinos repatriated to the Philippines to 70 since the ongoing crisis in the African country broke out when military strongman Gen.Khalifa Haftar announced the invasion of the capital Tripoli on April 4.

The repatriation of Filipinos in Libya is a joint task of the DFA and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), with the assistance of the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli.

It was reported that the latest batch of Filipino repatriates passed through Tunis where they boarded a connecting flight to Manila via Dubai.

Up to this moment, the Philippine government continues to appeal to the remaining more than 1,000 other Filipinos still in Libya to heed the government’s repatriation offer due to the heightened fightings in and around the capital.

According to reports from the Embassy, several Filipinos who refused to be repatriated are believed to be trapped in certain areas where fierce fighting between warring factions had taken place.

Concerns were raised over the fate of at least 40 Filipinos in areas of conflict, such as those of about 14 Filipinos working for Al Nahr Company who insisted on staying in their compound even after it was overrun by fighters of one faction.

Similarly, the Embassy is also concerned about the safety of 18 Filipino nurses from the Al Afia Clinic that was struck by mortar rounds last month.

 
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