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Filipinos in Saudi urged to stay calm

AN overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) advocacy group yesterday advised fellow Filipinos in Saudi Arabia to stay calm over reports of a foiled missile attack on the King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah.

The Riyadh-based United Overseas Filipinos Worldwide (U-OFW), quoting Associated Press (AP), on Friday said that a missile from Houthi rebels was intercepted and destroyed 65 km away from Makkah on Thursday night.

A statement was issued by the Houthi rebel group on the following day claiming that the missile was aimed at the King Abdul Aziz Int’l Airport and it was not targeting the Holy Mosque in Makkah after widespread condemnation from the international and diplomatic community.

“We should remain calm and at the same time be vigilant and observant,” said John Monterona, convenor of the Riyadh-based U-OFW.

He added the reported missile attack by Houthi rebels from Yemen targeting Jeddah’s international airport was “quite a concern.” Monterona, however, clarified that there is no imminent threat to the safety and security of OFWs in Jeddah and Makkah.
   
Monterona called on the Philippine consulate in Jeddah to monitor and provide regular updates on the situation in Jeddah and Makkah region amid the reported missile incident.
   
“If it is necessary to issue a public advisory to warn our fellow OFWs in Jeddah and Makkah region, then the Philippine Consulate should do so,” Monterona said.