Crisis alert level 4 raised in Iraq, mandatory evacuation on
MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has raised crisis alert level 4 in Iraq, paving the way for the implementation of mandatory evacuation.
“Due to the rapidly deteriorating security situation in Iraq, the
Department of Foreign Affairs has raised the crisis alert level for all areas in Iraq to Alert Level 4 (Mandatory Repatriation),” DFA spokesman Charles Jose said in a press conference Thursday.
“Except for the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, which remains under Alert Level 1 (Precautionary Phase), Kurdistan remains relatively calm and stable,” he said.
Iraq is faced with a growing insurgency by an armed group that calls itself ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) that has captured and controlled various towns around the capital city of Baghdad.
Fierce gun fights were reported in Iraq’s largest oil refinery in the town of Baiji, 130 miles north of Baghdad, as the militants tried to capture it Wednesday.
US President Barack Obama has deployed 275 soldiers to Baghdad in order to protect the US embassy there from the rebel group.
Jose said that the majority of the 900 Filipinos in Iraq are in the
autonomous region of Kurdistan in the northern part of the country.
“Around 154 Filipinos are in the Iraq capital of Baghdad,” Jose said.
“Filipinos in Iraq will be assisted by the Philippine Embassy in Baghdad and the Rapid Response Team, which are currently undertaking registration of overseas Filipino workers for repatriation. The DFA continues to closely monitor the political and security developments in Iraq,” he said.
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