THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday raised Alert Level 3 in Yemen and urged almost 700 Filipinos there to come home.
The DFA said the political and security situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate and gave Filipinos there until November 30 to register for repatriation.
The department said it imposed a deadline because the rapid response team (RRT) that would pick up the Filipinos can not stay there for long. The government has no formal representation in Yemen because its jurisdiction falls under the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh.
The DFA said the Philippine Embassy has informed all Filipinos that the alert level has been raised from two (restriction phase) to three (voluntary repatriation).
There are 691 Filipinos in Yemen, 508 of which are in Sana’a, the capital city where Houthi rebels are reportedly holed up.
The rebels are also responsible for the attacks against civilians by separatists and the members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
“All Filipinos are strongly advised to leave Yemen as soon as possible. Currently, a total deployment ban is imposed and all travel to Yemen including those who are on vacation and returning to Yemen will not be allowed,” the statement from the department said.
Earlier, a crisis management team (CMT) from the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh was sent to Sana’a “to closely monitor the political and security situation and assist the Filipino community.”
The embassy urged Filipinos in Yemen to update their registration with the embassy by accomplishing the registration form on the website of the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh at www.riyadhpe.dfa.gov.ph.
The crisis management team can be reached at Movenpick Hotel Sana’a, Berlin Street in the capital city of Sana’a or through mobile number +967-73-384-4958.
The honorary consul, Mohammed Saleh Al Jamal, can be reached at the Hadda Area, Damascus Street, P.O. Box 1696, Sana’a, Yemen or by mobile number +967-777-2-555-11, and through email@example.com.