Migrants rights group Migrante today asked the Philippine government to seriously consider commencing the rescue and evacuation of a hundred of Filipinos living inside Gaza amid reports of impending invasion in the area.
“We are urging the Aquino administration through its Foreign Affairs department to start reaching out our fellow Filipinos and their families in Gaza and ensure their evacuation in safe places and to leave Gaza if necessary,” said John Leonard Monterona, Migrante’s regional coordinator in the Middle East.
In a statement, Monterona said that Filipinos in Gaza are already bit worried that the attack will intensify soon.
There are about a hundred of Filipinos including their families in Gaza, while a total of 41,000 Filipinos are in Israel cities of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, mostly care givers, DFA report says.
“The buildup of Israel military reservists near the borders of Israel-Gaza is a clear sign of impending ground invasion by the Israeli forces of Gaza and this will certainly wrought atrocities to the Palestinian people,” Monterona said, adding that Philippine embassy in Tel Aviv should be “vigilant enough to read the situation on the ground as it will be crucial when to start the rescue and evacuation of 100 Filipinos in Gaza.”
Also Filipino community in Israel and Gaza were told to take extra care and avoid unnecessary movements and secure their safety while waiting for the rescue and evacuation efforts by the Philippine embassy in Tel Aviv.