6 OFWs return from Libya

Six  Filipinos  return from Libya  on Monday as clashes continue in Tripoli and neighboring areas.

This brings  to 99 the number of Filipinos who were repatriated by the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli.

Also evacuated was a Thai national married to one of the six Filipinos who had requested the assistance of the Embassy in leaving the country because of the continuing clashes near the Libyan capital.

Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Elmer G. Cato said the evacuees, composed of  four female nurses, a male teacher and a male worker, are now on their way to Tunis where they will be repatriated to the Philippines.

Cato said the assistance extended to the Thai national was in line with the instructions of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr., for the Embassy to open its doors to distressed nationals from other Southeast Asian countries.

The Chargé d’Affaires said the Embassy provided the Thai national with food and shelter while awaiting evacuation; facilitated the issuance of his exit and transit visas; and transported him to Tunis.

Three other Filipinos have requested the  Embassy’s assistance and will be repatriated as soon as Libyan authorities issue their exit visas.

Cato said the Embassy is ready to assist any of the remaining 1,000 Filipinos  still in Tripoli who may want to be repatriated.