First batch of Filipinos to be evacuated from Egypt

14:25, February 04, 2011      

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The first batch 26 Filipinos will be evacuated from Egypt on Saturday as protest actions intensify in the Middle East state, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced here on Thursday.

Twelve women, nine minors and five men have availed of voluntary repatriation to Manila, the DFA said.

"Three are nurses from the Dar Al Fouad Hospital, while the rest are household service workers and Filipino scholars at the Al- Azhar University. The scholars will be joined by their families," the department said in a statement.

Sixteen Filipinos are from Cairo's Maadi area, three are from the Dar Al Fouad Hospital in Giza and five are from Nasr City. Two are already at the embassy's custody.

Violence in Egypt grew worse on Wednesday as clashes between the supporters and detractors of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak rage on.

The DFA said there are no reports of attacks targeting foreigners in the ongoing protest actions, but offered to airlift and move by land or sea the more than 6,000 Filipinos in Egypt to safer grounds if requested.

"There is no need for mandatory evacuation of Filipino community members at this time. Nonetheless, all those who feel that their safety is at risk can avail of the voluntary repatriation being undertaken by the embassy,"the DFA said.

Manila has issued a travel advisory to Egypt which urges Filipinos who have plans to proceed to Egypt to defer non- essential and non-urgent travels, notably for tourism purposes, until the security situation has stabilized.

Source: Xinhua
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