MANILA, Philippines – Fifteen (15) Filipinos are expected to arrive home to the Philippines on Thursday (May 30) as part of the Philippine Embassy’s efforts to repatriate Filipino workers affected by the conflict in Tripoli, Libya.
The civil war in Libya which broke out almost two months ago prompted the repatriation of around 70 Filipinos, as of this writing.
The latest batch of repatriates which include five minors and two Islamic scholars, are now en route to Tunis where they will board their connecting flight to Manila via Dubai, according to Embassy Chargè d’Affaires and Head of Mission Elmer Cato.
They are expected to arrive in the country Thursday afternoon.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli reiterated its appeal to the more than 1,000 other Filipinos still in Tripoli and to their families to convince their loved ones in Libya to accept the government’s repatriation offer or to, at least, move themselves to safer ground.
According to Chargé d’Affaires Cato, they have lost contact with several Filipinos who refused to leave even if heavy fighting between conflicting factions are taking place in their areas.
The Embassy “expressed serious concern” over the safety of some 40 Filipinos in areas where fierce fighting continues, including 14 Filipinos working for Al Nahr Company and 18 Filipino nurses from the Al Afia Clinic that was struck by mortar rounds last month.