PH Embassy in Jordan flies flag at half-mast

THE country’s flag at the Philippine Embassy in Jordan was flown at half-mast on Thursday “in solidarity” with the death of about 500 people from the bombing of a hospital in Gaza City.

The Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, meanwhile changed to black its Facebook profile cover or logo days after the October 7 attack of Hamas in Israel.

In a statement posted on Facebook, the embassy in Amman said “hundreds of innocent lives were lost in the bombing of the Al Ahli Baptist Hospital in the Gaza Strip on the night of October 17.

The embassy on Wednesday reiterated in its previous advisory to the Filipino community in Jordan to avoid locations where demonstrations are taking place.

The Filipinos were asked to “monitor the latest developments through reputable sources and to follow instructions from the local law enforcement authorities.”

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The embassy further reminded all Filipinos to “exercise caution at all times, particularly near protest sites and to delay non-essential road travel should demonstrations occur.”

The Philippine Embassy in Egypt on Thursday informed the Filipino community that there are currently random marches or demonstrations in Egypt, including others planned for the future.

The embassy in Cairo has advised “everyone to exercise caution, keep away from mass congregations, and to stay home unless necessary.”

The Philippine Embassy in Lebanon on Thursday also reminded Filipinos “to take caution and avoid public places, social gatherings, and unnecessary travels around Lebanon, especially to the south.”

The embassy in Beirut said that the ongoing mass protests across Lebanon and persistent tension in the southern border, “pose [a] significant threat to the safety and security of civilians.”

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday said the Philippines is profoundly saddened” over the recent bombing of the Al Ahli Hospital.

“We grieve for the hundreds of innocent lives lost in this tragic incident, non-combatants which include medical practitioners, children, the wounded, and displaced individuals who only sought shelter at the facility,” the DFA said.

“All parties should do their utmost to protect civilians in times of war and armed conflict. We support efforts of the United Nations to provide humanitarian relief in the conflict areas,” it added.

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