DFA raises Alert Level 3 in Libya; urges voluntary repatriation of Filipinos in Tripoli, nearby areas

(Eagle News)—The Department of Foreign Affairs has raised an Alert Level 3 in Libya and urged Filipinos in Tripoli and nearby areas to consider being repatriated to avoid getting caught in ongoing clashes between rival factions.

The Alert Level III, which means a voluntary repatriation is being implemented, covers Tripoli and areas within a 100-kilometer radius of the capital as follows:

To the East

  1. Tajoura
  2. Ghot Romman
  3. Qaraboli
  4. Qasr Khiyar

To the South

  1. Esbea
  2. Tarhuna
  3. Bani Waled
  4. Gharyan

To the West

  1. Aziziya
  2. Warshifana
  3. Zawia
  4. Surman
  5. Sabratha

The DFA made the recommendation for the raising of the Alert Level following what it said was the escalation of the fighting that included the shelling of residential areas in the outskirts of the capital.

The DFA said travel to Libya by Filipinos working in these areas was now not allowed until the alert level is lowered back to II, or the restriction phase.