Arroyo orders evacuation of Filipinos from war-torn Gaza

MANILA, Philippines - President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Sunday ordered the immediate evacuation of Filipinos who are ready to leave Gaza, the Hamas stronghold under attack by Israeli forces.

Press Secretary Jesus Dureza said the President has directed the Department of Foreign Affairs to ensure that Filipinos in the region are kept out of harm’s way.

Reports said there are 21 families living in Gaza, many of them married to Palestinians.

Dureza said 66 Filipinos are already on their way to safety in Amman, Jordan, on Sunday. The evacuees will be repatriated to the Philippines.[Continue Reading...]

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