THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday advised all members of the Filipino community in Libya to remain vigilant amid the ongoing heavy fighting in the southern part of the capital.
In a statement, DFA Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato urged Filipinos in the Arab country to “take all precautionary measures, stay indoors and avoid unnecessary movements.”
According to the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli, the fighting has resulted in flight interruptions at the Maetiga airport and some roadways in the south were closed.
Chargè d’Affaires Mardomel Melicor said personnel of the embassy and members of the DFA team earlier dispatched by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano to Libya are safe.
There are about 3,500 Filipinos in the whole of Libya based on the records of the embassy. About 1,850 Filipinos are in the area of Tripoli.