DFA raises alert level 2 in Libya

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Friday, May 23, 2014

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) raised Friday the Crisis Alert Level from 1 to 2 for Libya due to the continued deterioration of the political and security situation there.

In a statement, the DFA said the situation brought by the armed revolt in Libya that began last week already warrants the raising of the crisis alert level to the restriction phase.

"Alert level 2 was raised upon the recommendation of the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli due to the continued deterioration of the political and security situation in that country," said the DFA.

With the raising of alert level from the precautionary phase, Filipinos in Libya were advised to limit non-essential movements, avoid public places, and prepare for possible evacuation.

The raising of alert level was spurred by the start of a revolt by General Khalifa Hifter in Tripoli against Islamic extremists.

Just last Sunday, the parliament building in Tripoli was stormed and ransacked by armed militias and the legislature was declared suspended.

The series of attacks by Hifter loyalists against Islamic extremist militias has already left at least 70 dead.

Records show that there are about 8,000 Filipinos living and working in Libya. (HDT/Sunnex)

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