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DFA lowers alert levels for Israel, Palestine

/ 04:56 PM September 18, 2014


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MANILA, Philippines – Citing that the security situation in Israel and Palestine has improved, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) lowered its alert levels.

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, U.N. peacekeepers from the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force, also known as UNDOF, observe Syria's Quneitra province at an observation point on Mt. Bental in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, overlooking the border with Syria. For four decades, a multinational United Nations mission has quietly monitored the sleepy Golan Heights — providing a symbol of stability between bitter enemies as it enforced a truce between Israel and Syria. But as Syria has plunged into civil war and the peacekeepers themselves have become targets of al-Qaida-linked rebels, the U.N. observer force has begun to fall apart, leaving its future — and the prospects for ever establishing peace in this rugged area of the Middle East — in doubt.(AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, U.N. peacekeepers from the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force, also known as UNDOF, observe Syria’s Quneitra province at an observation point on Mt. Bental in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, overlooking the border with Syria. AP

In a press briefing Thursday, Assistant secretary Charles Jose said that the alert level in Israel would be downgraded from 2, which entails restriction for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to fly to the country, to 1.

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Alert level 1 remains in Israel because it is still facing external threat, he said.

DFA also lowered the alert level in Gaza from 4 (mandatory repatriation) to 2 (restriction phase). The restriction for OFWs remains for humanitarian considerations.

Jose said that the security situation in these territories has improved due to the ceasefire between Hamas and Israel forces.

The foreign affairs department advised Filipinos residing in these countries to take necessary precautions.

DFA raised the alert levels in Israel and Palestine last July 22.

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