Monday, July 27, 2015

Alert Level 1 up in Tunisia after terror attack –DFA

The Philippine government has raised Alert Level 1 in Tunisia due to a recent terrorist attack there.

In a statement Friday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Alert Level 1 is raised when there are "valid signs of internal disturbance, instability, or external threat to the host country."

Alert Level 1 or Precautionary Phase places no deployment ban on countries where it is declared, but Filipinos are advised to remain in contact with the embassy or consulate and to take the necessary precautions.

Earlier this month, 38 foreign tourists, most of them Britons, were killed following an Islamic militant attack on a beach hotel. The attack prompted Tunisia President Beji Caid Essebsi to declare a state of emergency.

Tunisia last had a state of emergency during the 2011 uprising against autocrat Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.

There were only 190 Filipinos in Tunisia as of December 2012, according to a stock estimate by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas. Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News

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