The Philippine government is calling for the mandatory repatriation of all Filipinos in Libya amid increasing violence in the country.

On Tuesday, the Department of Foreign Affairs raised the crisis alert level in Libya from Level 3 to Level 4, which calls for all Filipinos to be evacuated from the country. The DFA said in a statement that there were “increased threats to the safety and security of the more than 1,000 Filipinos who are still there.”

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L Locsin Jr said due to the current situation in Libya, that safety could no longer be guaranteed for those Filipinos who chose to remain despite repeated appeals for them to go home.

“In raising the alert level, Secretary Locsin appealed to Filipinos still in Tripoli to seriously consider repatriation before the situation escalates further. He also requested the help of families in the Philippines in convincing their loved ones in Tripoli to accept the repatriation offer before it’s too late,” the DFA said.

According to the Department of Labor and Employment, there are 2,600 undocumented Filipino migrant workers in Libya, most of them health workers.

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