- The DFA raised the highest crisis alert level in Syria following the U.S. missile attack
- The highest crisis alert level means mandatory repatriation for the 14,000 OFWs in Syria
- The DFA is in close coordination with the Filipino community in Syria to ensure their safety
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) urged Filipinos to leave Syria as it raised the highest crisis alert level in that country following the United States’ cruise missile attacks on a Syrian airfield.
As mentioned in a Bombo Radyo story dated April 8, 2017, the DFA said the highest crisis alert means the 1,400 Filipinos working in Syria needs to be repatriated to keep them away from danger.
The mandatory repatriation order by the DFA came after the United States bombarded the Sharyat Airfield in western Syria with 59 Tomahawk missiles as a response to the chemical attack allegedly perpetrated by the Assad regime against the rebel-held area.
DFA spokesperson Assistant Secretary Charles Jose said the strike was aimed at the airbase and not at civilian centers where most Filipinos reside.
“Nevertheless, our Embassy in Damascus is monitoring the situation very closely and is in close coordination with the Filipino community to ensure their safety,” he said.