Leave now, Pinoys in Yemen told

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THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday urged all Filipinos in Yemen to leave the conflict-torn country.

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“The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh strongly reiterates the Philippine Government’s repeated advisories for Filipinos in Yemen to leave the country,” a statement from the department said.

All commercial flights out of Yemen have already been cancelled, and the only way Filipinos can be repatriated is through government assistance.

The department noted that repatriation attempts should be planned in advance because the land routes out of Sana’a must be clearly defined.

“There will only be limited opportunities for repatriation,” the statement said.

“The Embassy strongly urges all Filipinos to decide and act immediately, and to bring their original passport to the Embassy team which can be contacted at the above numbers and at the Movenpick Hotel in Sana’a.”

Several countries have evacuated their nationals from Yemen as the Arab coalition continued air strikes against Shiite rebels near Sanaa. The Saudi-led coalition has vowed to keep up the raids until the rebels abandon their insurrection against President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, who has fled to Riyadh.

AFP

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