Monday, September 21, 2015

8 OFWs from war-torn Yemen cross Saudi border, prepare for flight back to PHL

Eight OFWs and two foreign spouses prepared to be flown back to the Philippines on Saturday, days after crossing the border from war-torn Yemen to Saudi Arabia last September 16.

Consul General Imelda Panolong told GMA News that the OFWs  arrived on a bus from Sanaa on Wednesday and were temporarily housed at a hotel in Sharorah before they were transferred to Riyadh for their flight back to the Philippines.

It took Mohammad Saleh Al Jamal, the Philippine Honorary Consul to Yemen and the embassy a few days to process the expatriates' travel documents, partly due to lack of funds and the civil unrest in Yemen.

Also, Panolong said there are still a dozen Filipinos waiting for their travel documents to get processed in order to cross the border. She requested them to coordinate with the consulate.

"Mag-ingat lang sila and make sure that they are in safe places ... makinig lang sila lagi sa mga abiso na manggagaling sa opisina ng honorary consul at Philippine Embassy sa Riyadh," she said.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) raised the Crisis Alert level in Yemen to 4 (Mandatory Repatriation) last February due to the ""deteriorating political and security situation" in Yemen.  Rie Takumi/LBG, GMA News 

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