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40 Filipinos refuse to leave Tripoli

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – The Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday expressed concern that around 40 Filipinos might get trapped in the worsening clashes in the outskirts of Tripoli.

Charges d’Affairs and Philippine Head of Mission to Libya Elmer Cato said almost 40 Filipino nurses and engineers “refused to relocate from areas in the outskirts of Tripoli, where heavy fighting continues to rage.”

“Another 400 are at risk if the fighting enters Tripoli proper itself,” Cato said on Twitter. There are about 1,000 Filipinos in Tripoli working in hospitals and various service sectors.

Cato said the Philippine embassy in Libya would not give up on Filipinos “who insist on staying in Tripoli despite the looming danger.”

“We will continue to reach out to convince them to opt for repatriation or move to safer grounds before fighting gets closer to their homes or work places,” he said.

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