DFA: Filipina nurse nabbed, raped in Libya

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

MANILA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed on Thursday reports that a Filipina nurse was abducted and raped before eventually being released in Tripoli, Libya.

In a phone interview, DFA Spokesman Charles Jose said the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli confirmed that the incident took place Wednesday morning (Tripoli time).

"A Pinay nurse was abducted in front of her residence by four Libyan youth and taken somewhere," said Jose.

He said the Filipina was released two hours later after being raped by six Libyan youth.

"The Embassy took her to the hospital for a medical check-up. She is now under the care of our Embassy," said Jose.

On Thursday morning, reports came out that a Filipina nurse has been kidnapped and raped in the Libyan capital as she was on her way to work.

The incident took place amid the mandatory repatriation drive being conducted by the Philippine government in Libya as the security situation there continues to worsen.

Last July 20, the DFA raised crisis alert level 4 in Libya and began mandatory repatriation of the 13,000 Filipinos in the North African country.

Since then, the department said it already repatriated a total of 708 Filipinos from Libya, as of Tuesday.

And according to Jose, they continue to encourage Filipino nationals in Libya to immediately avail themselves of their repatriation offer.

"We reiterate our call to our remaining nationals in Libya to immediately get in touch with the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli and register for repatriation. The Philippine Government will shoulder the repatriation costs," said Jose. (HDT/Sunnex)

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