Philippine embassies in troubled Mideast countries assure safety of Filipinos

11:20, February 20, 2011      

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The Philippines' three embassies in the Middle East are in close touch with the thousands of Filipino nationals to ensure their safety amid the protest actions in Libya, Yemen and Bahrain, the Department of Foreign Affairs ( DFA) said on Saturday.

The department said that Philippine Ambassador to Libya Alejandrino Vicente reported that none of the 26,000 Filipinos were affected when soldiers were deployed on the streets of Libya' s major city of Benghazi on Friday after a "day of anger" against the government.

Philippine Charge d'Affaires Ezzedin Tago reported that the Embassy in Yemen is in contact on a daily basis to the Filipino community leaders in Sanaa.

He said the around 1,400 Filipinos in the country, mostly concentrated in Sanaa and the port city of Aden, are relatively safe.

"Nonetheless, we have advised them to exercise caution and avoid areas of protest," he said.

In Bahrain, Philippine Ambassador Corazon Yap-Bahjin said that the Embassy released an advisory to Filipino community members in the country, advising them to remain calm, stay indoors and avoid any areas of protest.

"While there have been no reports of any Filipino harmed during the protest actions, we ask our citizens to remain calm, and avoid areas of protest. We are also in constant contact with the Filipino community leaders in the country," she said.

There are around 31,000 Filipinos in Bahrain.

Bahraini troops forcibly removed a protest camp in the capital, Manama on Friday. Fifty were injured.

Source: Xinhua
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