Filipinos in Libya urged: Prepare for evacuation

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Posted at Jan 08 2020 09:31 AM

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MANILA - The Philippine Embassy in Libya on Wednesday urged Filipinos to prepare for evacuation in areas with intense firefights.

Eight Filipino nurses were rescued last week in a clinic that was "blocks away" from a military academy that was bombed, resulting in the deaths of more than 30 cadets, according to Chargé d’Affaires Elmer Cato.

Aside from the nurses, some 20 other Filipinos evacuated from the Salahuddin District and were staying with relatives and friends, while 149 others were repatriated last year, the embassy said earlier.

"Medyo hindi ho maganda ang kalagayan natin dito dahil medyo nakalapit 'yung labanan compared to previous months," Cato told radio DZMM.

"Kasalukuyan may mino-monitor tayong exchange of bombardments sa isang area na malapit sa isang lugar kung saan marami ang mga kababayan natin. We’re in touch with them at in-advise natin sila na magready na ho in case we need to evacuate them."

Libya is home to around 1,000 Filipinos, according to a Department of Foreign Affairs Bulletin released last year.

Since April 2019, eastern leader Khalifa Haftar's troops have sought to advance on Tripoli, seat of the Government of National Accord (GNA) which he claims is backed by "terrorist" groups.

-- With a report from Agence France-Presse