MANILA -- Three families with Filipina mothers were extracted from Gaza Strip by the United Nations (UN), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Tuesday.
Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said the 3 families, composed of 11 individuals, expressed their intention to be repatriated.
However, only 10 individuals were extracted by the UN after one child was not allowed by the father to leave Gaza.
"The said three families have been extracted of Gaza and they arrived safely in Jordan yesterday. Ten na lang, yung isang anak hindi pinayagan ng ama," Jose said in a press briefing.
Jose added that the 10 individuals left Gaza on Sunday and arrived in Jordan early morning Monday.
"It seems ganoon ang magiging protocol. Ang UN will extract them out then dadalhin sa border ng Israel then our embassy there will receive them. Dadalhin sila sa border ng Jordan na magtatake over na yung embassy natin sa Amman," he explained.
He cited a report that the UN will extract about 700 foreign nationals from Gaza.
There was a delay in the process of extracting foreigners due to the large number of individuals wanting to leave the war-torn region.
The Embassy already has a list of Filipinos in Gaza Strip who are either married to Palestinians or children of Filipinos married to Palestinian husbands and holding Philippine passports.
Although the embassy has already gotten in touch with about 100 Filipinos, Jose said most of them, especially Filipinos married to Palestinians, are opting to stay in Gaza because of family considerations.
The DFA said there are about 109 Filipinos in Gaza Strip, 116 in West Bank, and some 34,000 Filipinos all over Israel.