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Yemen declares 7 Filipinos killed in Sana’a attack ‘martyrs’

By: - NewsLab Lead / @MSantosINQ
/ 01:54 PM December 12, 2013

This photo provided by Yemen’s Defense Ministry shows damaged vehicles after an explosion at the Defense Ministry complex in Sana’a, Yemen, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – The president of Yemen declared as martyrs the seven Filipino medical workers and other victims of the recent bombing and shooting attack in its defense ministry complex.

“[Yemen Foreign] Minister Dr. Abu Bakr Al-Qirbi informed [Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs] Jesus Yabes that the Yemeni President, H.E. Abdo Rabbo Hadi, has declared that the Filipino victims are martyrs, similar to the Yemeni victims,” DFA said in a statement Thursday.

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A total of 52 people were killed when suicide bombers attacked the complex of the defense ministry in Yemen’s capital city of Sana’a last December 5. A group of armed men came and opened fire at the complex after the bombing attack.

A hospital within the compound partially collapsed due to the blast. Seven Filipino medical workers, including one doctor, were killed while 11 others suffered injuries.

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Yemen has since been placed under crisis alert level three, banning deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) there and implementing voluntary repatriation.

“Minister Al-Qirbi vowed full assistance to facilitate the early repatriation of the remains of the victims and cited the contributions of Filipino medical workers to the Yemeni people,” DFA said.

“Yemeni Minister of Interior, Major General Dr. Abdel Qader Qahtan … conveyed his condolences to the families of the victims and condemned the attack on the hospital,” it said.

Vice president Jejomar Binay, presidential adviser on OFW concerns, condemned the attack calling it a “senseless act.”

“I condemn the bombing in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a. It was a senseless act that has no place in the modern world,” Binay said.

“I hope the Yemeni government will make sure that the families of the bombing casualties are extended all possible assistance they will be needing, particularly in the recovery and repatriation of the victims,” he said.

There are around 1,000 OFWs working in Yemen.

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