Filipinos cautioned anew with state of emergency declared in Tripoli

MANILA The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday reminded Filipinos in Libya anew to take the necessary precautions after a state of emergency was declared in Tripoli amid the ongoing conflict in the capital.

According to latest reports, at least 39 people were killed and about a hundred of others were wounded as a result of fierce battles between factions in Tripoli.

Aside from the fighting, the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli has reported instances of looting, robbery, car theft and other crimes.

"The DFA is urging Filipinos, particularly those in Tripoli, to remain indoors and avoid unnecessary movement as the situation in the Libyan capital is tense," DFA Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato said in a statement sent to the media.

"They should also prepare for disruptions in power supply and internet connectivity," Cato added.

From the Embassy, Charge d'Affaires Mardomel Melicor called on the estimated 1,800 Filipinos in Tripoli to make sure they have enough food and water to last a few days.

There are about 3,500 Filipinos in the whole of Libya based on the records of the embassy. About 1,850 Filipinos are in the area of Tripoli.

Melicor also made an assurance that the Embassy remains ready to respond to any request for assistance from the Filipino Community. In the event of emergencies, the Embassy could be contacted at: +218 91 824 4208 and +218 94 454 1283. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency

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