• DFA gets Tripoli staff out of harm’s way

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    Deteriorating peace in Tripoli forced the Philippine Embassy there to relocate its staff to Tunisia, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

    In a statement, the department on Monday said all “non-core staff” will be moved to Tunisia while their dependents were repatriated last week.

    Male officers and staff augmented by the Rapid Response Team (RRT) sent for the repatriation of the Filipinos because of the raising of alert level 4 there will remain in Tripoli.

    Alert level 4 calls for mandatory repatriation of some 13,000 Filipinos in Libya.

    The Philippine Embassy in Tripoli urged the Filipinos “to enlist for evacuation before all routes and options become extremely difficult.”

    Uneasy security in Libya prevents the embassy from using the international airport to repatriate Filipino workers from there.

    Violent clashes last week incapacitated the airport.

    DFA spokesman Charles Jose said the repatriation will be done via land routes through either Egypt or Tunisia.

    Of the 13,000 Filipinos remaining in Libya, 207 have requested repatriation.

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