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    New violence in Israel and West Bank

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    Repatriation of Filipinos in Gaza Strip in effect

    THE mandatory repatriation of Filipino citizens in Gaza Strip is in effect after the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Manila raised the warning to Alert Level IV, a government official on Sunday said.
    Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said the
    Philippine government is now imposing a mandatory repatriation for Filipinos in Gaza Strip as the tension between Israel and Hamas escalates.
    “According to the DFA, Philippine embassies in Cairo, Tel Aviv, and Aman are ready to evacuate and repatriate Filipinos in Gaza. This is in cooperation with authorities in Israel, Egypt, Jordan and United Nations,” Coloma said.
    Meanwhile, the DFA also issues Alert Level II or restricted phase on areas in approximately 15 kilometers away from the conflict zone. Alert Level I or the precautionary phase is raised in the West Bank and other parts of Israel.
    Malacanang also joined other nations that called for a cease fire in the conflict area.
    “The country joins the United Nations in calling for ceasefire to prevent death of the innocents,” Coloma said.
    Israeli troops are on the offense against Hamas militants who are launching rockets and indiscriminately targeting cities in Israel.
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