MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is closely monitoring the situation in Israel amid fresh attacks from Hamas militant groups in the Gaza Strip in recent days.
According to DFA Executive Director for Strategic Communications Ivy Banzon-Abalos, the agency has no plans yet to repatriate Filipinos in Israel though tensions seem to escalate between the two conflicting forces.
“Wala pa po dahil may mga safe areas naman po doon,” Abalos said when asked about possible repatriation.
Based on DFA’s record, there are at least 30,000 Filipinos living and working in Israel.
Most of this number work as caregivers or household helpers.
Since Monday (May 10), the Hamas militant group launched almost a hundred of its rockets aiming at Israeli forces to which the latter intercepted with its iron dome system.
To date, the DFA said there is no report of any casualty or injury among Filipinos in Israel.
“No new updates pa po. Wala pa ring report of any Filipino casualties,” Abalos said.
While the situation on the ground remains volatile, the DFA advises Filipinos in Israel to remain vigilant and be aware of the situation.
In its advisory, the DFA warns Filipinos not to go to sensitive areas near Jerusalem including Temple Mount; Damascus Gate; Herod’s Gate; Al Wad Road; Mustata Road; and East Jerusalem and near the West Bank.
Also, Filipinos are discouraged to come near Israeli Security Forces and immediately go to nearby bomb shelters at the sound of the siren.
Filipinos are advised to keep the Philippine Embassy in Israel Hotline number +972 54 466 1188 and immediately communicate with any Embassy representative in any case of emergency. –MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)