PH gov’t condemns ‘unjustified, inhumane” missile attacks in Saudi Arabia

Published March 11, 2021, 12:54 PM

by Roy Mabasa

The Philippine government has strongly condemned the recent “unjustified and inhumane” missile attacks on certain facilities in eastern Saudi Arabia as it called on all parties to exercise restraint and settle their differences amicably to avoid further loss of lives and property.

No Filipino was reported injured in the reported drone attack on Ras Tanura Port, one of the world’s largest oil shipping ports, as well as in the attempted missile strike at the Aramco complex in Dharan which houses workers and their families from all over the world.

“The Philippine Government strongly condemns the recent attacks directed against Saudi Arabia. The repeated attacks targeting civilian facilities and installations are unjustified and inhumane,” the government said in a brief statement issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday, March 9, 2021.

In a separate advisory, the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh said the overall situation in the Eastern Region and the rest of the Kingdom remains “normal” after the attacks.

The Embassy, however, advised members of the Filipino community to remain observant of their surroundings and to immediately seek cover upon hearing explosions or extremely loud noises.

Filipino nationals in the Kingdom are also told to stay away from any debris or damaged structures caused by the missiles and drone attacks.

There are more or less one million overseas Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia.

Aside from the Philippines, governments in and outside the Middle East region also voiced their condemnations and concerns over the latest attacks targeting oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.