• PH declares Alert Level 2 in Israel, West Bank; Tells OFWs to prepare for evacuation

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    The Department of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday declared alert level 2 for Israel and the West Bank, citing threats to security posed by the continued conflict between Israel and the Hamas militants.

    Under this phase, Filipinos are instructed to restrict non-essential movements, avoid open spaces, and prepare for evacuation due to escalating armed hostilities.

    “Alert Level 2 is issued when there are real threats to the life, security, and property of Filipinos arising from internal disturbance, instability, and external threats,” a DFA statement said.

    There are 36,000 Filipinos in Israel, working mostly as caregivers or household helpers.

    Over in Palestinian-controlled Gaza, alert level 4 or mandatory repatriation is being enforced for the remaining 100 Filipinos there, comprised of women and children.

    “The DFA continues to closely monitor developments in the Israel-Hamas conflict,” the DFA said. PNA

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