The Philippines is ready to retreat its overseas workers in the Palestinian
territory as clashes with Israeli and Palestinian troops intensified in the Gaza
Strip, local media reported today.
Press Secretary Jesus Dureza told local reporters that the repatriation of
Filipinos affected in the armed conflict is part of the government's contingency
plans that will be implemented "as required by the situation on the ground."
At least 31,000 Filipinos are working and living in Israel, with a hundred
more in the Palestinian territory.
Dureza said the Philippine Embassy in Israel has the resources needed to
implement the contingency plans.
Israel, on Saturday, launched an unprecedented intensive military operation
on the Gaza Strip, focusing on hitting targets from the air and saying the
operation would target Hamas movement and all its political and military arms.
Palestinians' death toll has risen to 345, and over 1,600 wounded in the
on-going Israeli warplanes intensified air strikes yesterday evening.