Libya repatriates near 500

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Monday, July 7, 2014

FIFTY-two Filipino nationals from Libya are scheduled to arrive in Manila Monday to bring the total number of repatriates to 488.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Filipinos are set to arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 in two batches.

"The first batch composed of 44 repatriates will arrive at 4:35 p.m. on board flight EK332," said the DFA.

"The second batch composed of 8 repatriates is scheduled to arrive at 10:10 p.m. on board flight EK334," it further said.

Crisis alert level 3 has been raised in Libya since late May due to the continuing violence involving rival political parties and their respective supporters.

The move has prompted the Philippine government to begin the implementation of voluntary repatriation.

The DFA, then, reiterated its call for other Filipino nationals to register for voluntary repatriation immediately.

On the other hand, the DFA said those who choose to remain in Libya are being advised to limit non-essential movements, take extra precautions, and avoid places where violence occurs. (HDT/Sunnex)

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