(Eagle News) — The Philippines, through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), has expressed its condolences to Saudi Arabia after a missile strike killed three civilians in the southern city of Jizan on Saturday.
“We express our condolences with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia over the unfortunate loss of lives in the missile strike in Jizan,” DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said.
Cayetano also expressed concern over the series of attacks being led by the Huthi rebels in Yemen, which, he said, have also caused civilian deaths in other parts of the Kingdom.
In line with this, the DFA urged Filipino workers there to remain vigilant as another missile attack was reported on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah assured that there were no Filipino casualties in the incident on Saturday.
Consul General Edgar Badajos expressed confidence that the Saudi missile defense system could protect the Kingdom from incoming missiles. Nevertheless, he said the Consulate is constantly reminding members of the Filipino community there to take the necessary precautions.
Badajos said Jizan is a major oil distribution in the center south of Jeddah. It hosts an estimated 15,000 Filipino workers. (Phoebe Salvador, Eagle News Service)