DFA raises alert level in Sudan over continued civil unrest

MANILA The Philippine government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), on Thursday, hoisted Alert Level 2 in Sudan following the ongoing civil unrest in the capital of Khartoum and other areas of the country.

"Alert Level 2 or Restriction Phase is issued if there are real threats to the lives, security, and properties of Filipinos due to instability in a particular country," DFA Assistant Secretary Emmanuel Fernandez said in a statement.

"Filipinos who remain in the country where Alert Level 2 is in effect are advised to restrict non-essential movements, avoid public places, and prepare for evacuation," it added.

According to the agency, the Department of Labor and Employment will only allow the return of overseas Filipino workers who have existing employment contracts and in consideration of "other special circumstances".

Filipinos in Sudan in need of assistance are urged to contact the Philippine embassy in Cairo, Egypt, through telephone numbers (+202) 252-13062 or through its Facebook Page. They may also contact the Philippine Honorary Consul in Khartoum at (+249) 183-468717 or (+249) 183-468716.

Data from the DFA as of December 2017 showed there are at least 3,000 Filipinos residing in Sudan. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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