The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday raised crisis alert level 3 in Egypt amid the escalating civil unrest that resulted in the killing of hundreds of protesters there on Wednesday.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario raised the alert level from 1 to 3 on the recommendation of Philippine Ambassador to Cairo Claro Cristobal.
Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez said alert level 3 entails the voluntary repatriation of some 6,000 Filipinos residing in Egypt. It also means that “the deployment of new workers, as well as the return to Egypt of vacationing workers, spouses of Egyptian nationals, Islamic university students and their dependents, is suspended.”
Del Rosario instructed the Philippine mission in Cairo to assist all Filipinos who wish return to Manila.
Egypt’s Interim Prime Minister Hazem Beblawi declared a state of emergency amid the violent dispersal of members of the Muslim Brotherhood who are supporting deposed President Mohammed Morsi.
More than 300 people were reported killed in Wednesday’s crackdown, but Brotherhood claimed that some 2,000 people already died because of the violence.