MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Foreign Affairs on Friday advised Filipinos against traveling to Gaza.
"Due to the ongoing armed conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, the Department of Foreign Affairs strongly advises Filipinos to defer travel to Gaza and Central and Southern Israel," the DFA stated in its travel advisory.
Agence France-Presse reported that an Egyptian-brokered truce ended an over a week of bloodshed between Hamas and Israeli forces.
The Hamas-run health ministry said 163 Palestinians had been killed and 1,235 wounded, while six people, including a soldier and a reserve officer, were killed in Israel and another 280 wounded, army figures showed.
"The public will be informed of further developments," the DFA said.