PH ready to assist Filipinos in conflict-stricken Gaza

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DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez. CATHY MIRANDA/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday said the Philippine government was ready to assist Filipinos in Gaza amid the escalating tensions there.

“There are about 100 Filipinos and members of their family in Gaza. The Philippine government remains ready to assist in getting them out of harm’s way in light of the evolving situation there,” Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez, DFA spokesperson, said in a text message.

“The Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv has likewise advised the Filipino communities in Israel to be alert and ready for contingencies if the situation continues to escalate,” Hernandez added.

The Gaza Strip has been an area of concern in recent days following a flare-up of violence between Israeli and Gaza based groups.

Agence France Presse earlier reported that Ahmed Jaabari, a top Hamas commander, was among seven people killed in more than 20 Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip on Wednesday.

Hernandez said that as of Friday, there were no reported Filipino casualties or Filipinos injured because of the violence. He noted that there were 41,000 Filipinos in Israel and that most of them were caregivers.

“They are relatively safe and live in houses with bomb shelters,” Hernandez said.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the attacks by Palestinian militants targeting Israel and called on Israel to exercise maximum restraint.

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has also voiced its concern over the violence which it said “put civilians at great risk.”

“We support the calls of the Secretary-General for an immediate de-escalation of tensions and his demand that both sides should do everything to avoid further escalation and must respect their obligations under international humanitarian law to ensure the protection of civilians at all times,” the UN said.

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  • jinx

    Putragis, pati dito may Pinoy? Ganun naba tayo ka overpopulated? I-check niyo nga rin sa planetang Mars, baka me Pinoy dun.  Paano na kung uuwi mga OFWs, wala ng mapaglagyan dito sa bansa natin.  Sobrang dami na tayo kaya no choice iba kundi lumabas. Kaya itong argumento nitong si senile Enrile at Punasan na darating daw araw kakapusin tayo ng workers KAGAGUHAN..

    • http://twitter.com/MarLouWang Marlou Wang

       Mayaman ang bansa sa natural resources. Okay lang sana ang population kung ang yaman ng bansa ay nabibigyan ng priority. Ang Japan mas malaki ang population pero tingnan mo mas mayaman ang economy nila samantalang mas malawak ang agricultural lands natin, isa pa hindi nag-i snow sa atin.

      • jinx

        Mayaman ang bansa sa natural resources? Noon yun. Dati sa probinsiya ko, andali lang makapamingwit ng isda. Ngayon, yang mga baybayin at bukirin, puro na may nakatira.  Iilan na lang ang ilog nating matino? Ang mga bundok na hindi kalbo, iilan na lang?  Minsan diyan sa may Luzon, pag bumyahe ka makikita mo daming puno sa tabi tabi ng daan parang nakakatuwa. Animoy mayaman pa sa puno ang lugar kahit malapit sa Maynila. Pero pag pasukin mo yan, bubulaga sa iyo daming kabahayan sa likod ng mga puno na yan.  Kaya wag kang magpaniwala diyan sa matatamis na salitang mayaman ang Pinas…..noon yun noong kaonti pa tao. Ngayon, pati tubig binibili na. Mas mahal pa nga minsan tubig na nsa bote sa atin kesa ibang bansa.  Ang pinakadahilan kong bakit tumataas bilihin at bumababa pasweldo ay dahil lahat ng developments na ginagawa natin sa ating bansa, ay naka-design lagi to accommodate the fast-growing population.  Gumising na sa dreamland mga kababayan.

      • Guest

         Japanese are not known to breed like rabbits. That’s the difference.

  • http://twitter.com/judefawley Jude Fawley

    pati sa lugar nato may mga Pinoy parin? kahit saang lupalop naba tayo ngayon? 

    • xelyxs56

       Tama ka….yun na lang gyera sa Libya,maraming pinoy na hindi umalis para pagtapos ng gyera ay nasa pwesto(trabaho) sila kaagad.Ganyan katapang ang mga pinoy….pagtitiisin ang hirap at peligro para sa kanyang mga mahal sa buhay sa Pinas.

      • http://twitter.com/judefawley Jude Fawley

         ganyan ka tapang o ganyan ka kawawa tayo?

    • http://twitter.com/MarLouWang Marlou Wang

       Ano pa??!!! siguro kung may employment lang sa buwan, sa planetang Pluto, papasukin din ito ng kawawang pinoy. Ang tunay na alipin ng mundo ay ang lahing pinoy.

    • Guest

      Where the money flows…

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