35 more OFWs flee Syria

posted May 03, 2013 at 12:01 am
by  Eric B. Apolonio
The Philippine Embassy in Damascus reported to the Foreign Affairs Department on Thursday that a group of 35 Filipinos safely crossed the Syrian-Lebanese border on Wednesday, May 01. The group, which stayed briefly at the Philippine Embassy in Beirut, has left the Lebanese capital and booked a flight to Manila via Doha, Qatar on Thursday, May 2. They are expected to arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal I at 11 p.m. tonight (May 03) aboard Qatar Airways flight QR 644. The arrival of the 35 Filipinos brought the total of those who were repatriated from the war-torn country to 3,986. At least 123 more Filipino OFWs had been granted exit visas by Syrian Immigration authorities and were awaiting repatriation. The Embassy in Beirut is currently processing their application for Lebanese transit visas and flight booking. The DFA said it continues to urge Filipinos who are still in Syria to seek immediate repatriation as the violence in the country worsened.
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