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PH Embassy in Syria warns Filipinos of mortar attacks in Damascus

  Filipinos residing in Syria have been cautioned as mortar attacks continue to poundDamascus, the country's capital. The Philippine Embassy in Syria issued a security advisory calling on Filipinos based inDamascus and nearby areas to take precautionary measures when strolling outside theirhomes or traveling to and from of their work place, Radyo INQUIRER reported on Saturday. "In the spate of the recent mortar shelling in the areas of Bab Touma and Abbasseen, whichhave injured several individuals, all Filipinos residing in Damascus and nearby areas arereminded to take precautionary measures," the advisory said. Bab Touma and Abbasseen are both major boroughs in ...Keep on reading: PH Embassy in Syria warns Filipinos of mortar attacks in Damascus.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJan 13th, 2018

Syria conflict spares Pinoys

THE Philippine Embassy in Damascus has so far received no report of any Filipinos being affected by the ongoing Syrian Army offensive to capture the last stronghold of Islamic militants in the capital. Foreign Acting Assistant Secretary Emer Cato said the Embassy reported artillery and mortar exchanges had been ongoing….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2018

DFA: No Pinoys hurt in gas attack

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday announced that no Filipinos were hurt in a toxic gas attack in Aleppo, Syria last month. The DFA also noted that the 85 Filipinos based in Aleppo were safe from the incident. Charge d’Affaires Alex Lamadrid of the Philippine Embassy in Damascus advised the Filipino community in […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsDec 4th, 2018

No Pinoy casualty in IS Syria attacks

No Filipino was harmed in a series of Islamic State attacks in southern Syria on Wednesday that killed 252 people, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Reports from the Philippine Embassy in Damascus said that at least 150 people were also wounded in the attacks. Two Filipinas in Sweida married to Syrian nationals […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

Following missile strikes, DFA tells Pinoys in Syria to stay home

        More than 1,000 Filipinos in Syria have been urged to stay at home by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) following air strikes by the United States and its allies on key military targets in Damascus.   DFA Assistant Secretary Emil Cato said that the Philippine Embassy in Damascus has issued an advisory requesting Filipinos in Syria to stay inside their homes until further advisory.   Air and missile strikes by the United States, France and the United Kingdom began at around4:00 a.m.(Damascus local time)on Saturday. The strikes were in retaliation against the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons. &nbs...Keep on reading: Following missile strikes, DFA tells Pinoys in Syria to stay home.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 14th, 2018

US warns it would be ‘unwise’ for Syria to use weaponized gas, slams Russia

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned Syria on Sunday it would be ‘very unwise’ for government forces to use weaponized gas, as he cited unconfirmed reports of chlorine attacks in eastern Ghouta and slammed Russian support for Damascus. Source link link: US warns it would be ‘unwise’ for Syria to use weaponized gas, slams Russia.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsMar 11th, 2018

DFA advises Filipinos in Syria to stay indoors amid air strikes

The Department of Foreign Affairs advised Filipinos in Syria to remain vigilant following air strikes and bombing in its capital, Damascus......»»

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DFA warns Filipinos in Libya after suicide bombing

MANILA, Philippines --- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday asked the Filipino community in Tripoli, Libya to be vigilant following a suicide bombing there. DFA said Filipinos must "avoid unnecessary movement" after suicide bombers attacked the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, killing three people and injuring 10 others. READ:Suicide bomber attacks Libya's Foreign Ministry, 3 killed Philippine Ambassador to Libya Mardomel Melicor reported to DFA that three suicide bombers were involved in the incident that occurred on Christmas Day at 10:30 a.m. (4:30 p.m. in Philippine time). Melicor said there were no Filipinos casualties in the incident but advised more t...Keep on reading: DFA warns Filipinos in Libya after suicide bombing.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 25th, 2018

Russian warplanes strike rebels after alleged gas attack

DAMASCUS, Syria --- Russian warplanes attacked rebel-held areas in northern Syria for the first time in weeks on Sunday, as Syrian officials said more than 100 people were treated at hospitals for a suspected poison gas attack in the northern city of Aleppo that Damascus and Moscow blamed on rebels. The rebels, who have denied carrying out any poison gas attacks, accused the government of trying to undermine a truce reached by Russia and Turkey in September during a summit in the Russian city of Sochi. The targeted area is rebel-held and home to extremist groups opposed to the truce such as the al-Qaida-linked Horas al-Din, which has described the deal as a "great conspiracy," ...Keep on reading: Russian warplanes strike rebels after alleged gas attack.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 26th, 2018

Embassy warns of scam targeting Filipino expats in UAE

The Philippine Embassy in the UAE advised Filipino expats to exercise caution after the country's Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) warned against a company that that dupes Filipinos i.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsAug 6th, 2018

U.S. warns Syria of firm action over southern offensive

WASHINGTON DC, USA – The United States has warned Damascus it will take "firm" action if the regime of Bashar al-Assad violates a ceasefire deal , after Syrian aircraft dropped leaflets on a southern province ahead of an expected offensive. Residents of Daraa told Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Friday, May 25 that ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 26th, 2018

Department of Foreign Affairs: Embassy ready to repatriate Pinoys in Syria

The Philippine embassy in Syria is ready to repatriate Filipinos who want to leave the war-torn Gulf nation, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Friday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 21st, 2018

DFA advises Pinoys in Syria to stay safe

FILIPINOS in Syria were advised to exercise caution and be vigilant as the Syrian Army plans to eject Islamic militants from Damascus. In a statement, Foreign Affairs Office of Public Diplomacy Acting Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato said “we continue to monitor the situation in Damascus and have alerted our kababayans….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 19th, 2018

Filipinos in Syria urged to stay home amid U.S.-led air strikes

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Philippine embassy officials have advised Filipinos in Syria to stay home as the United States led missile strikes on that country, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Saturday, April 14. “The Embassy has issued an advisory requesting our kababayans (countrymen) to stay in their homes until further ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 14th, 2018

Lebanon Warns of “Dangerous Implications” of Possible U.S. Strike on Syria

Lebanon’s Speaker Nabih Berri warned Wednesday of dangerous implications of any possible attacks on Syria by the United States, the Daily Star reported on its website. If a new phase in the Syrian war erupts, it will be financed by “the pockets of Arabs and their wealth,” the report quoted Berri as saying. “The result […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsApr 12th, 2018

UN warns against letting Syria crisis spiral out of control

WASHINGTON DC, USA – The United Nations warned world powers against letting the crisis over an alleged chemical attack against civilians in Syria from "spiraling out of control" after US President Donald Trump said "missiles will be coming." As tensions mounted over a face-off with Damascus-ally Russia, opponents of unilateral ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 12th, 2018

US weighs strong response to Syria attacks despite risk of Russia clash

WASHINGTON -- The US maintained the threat of missile strikes Wednesday in response to alleged chemical attacks in Syria, despite the risk of triggering a head-on clash with Damascus ally Russia. In the face of intense world outrage, the United Nations Security Council failed to agree a global response to….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 11th, 2018

Kaspersky Lab Warns of Future Attacks Against Digital Money, Urges OFWs to be Cyber-Savvy

With the consistent growth of money remittances from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and the rising use of digital payment systems in the Philippines, Kaspersky Lab recently emphasized the need for Filipinos to be more cybersecurity-aware. Data from the global cybersecurity company confirms that countries in the Asia Pacific region are now heading towards the path […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMar 25th, 2018

Syria activists: Government attacks outside Damascus kill 22

BEIRUT — Government airstrikes and shelling outside the Syrian capital killed at least 22 civilians, activists reported yesterday, as the fighting showed no.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 26th, 2017

France makes diplomatic push to solve Lebanon crisis – Al Jazeera

France is making a diplomatic push to solve the political crisis caused by the snap resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri earlier this month, as the country’s foreign minister is expected to meet Hariri in Riyadh on Thursday. According to at least one analyst, however, Paris may have made a “risky bet” by getting involved in the ongoing diplomatic turmoil over Hariri’s fate, which has pit Saudi Arabiaagainst its regional rival, Iran, and Tehran’s ally in Lebanon, Hezbollah. “As no compromise in Lebanon will pass without an agreement between Riyadh and Tehran, Paris is looking to deal with both,” said Stephane Malsagne, a historian and professor at Sciences-Po in Paris. The highest levels of the French government are getting involved in diplomatic efforts to resolve the political turmoil gripping Lebanon, which was under French colonial rule until 1943. France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is expected to meet with Hariri in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, an aide said, according to Agence France Presse. The meeting comes a day after Le Drian arrived in Riyadh and met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and a week after French President Emmanuel Macron also flew to Riyadh to meet the Crown Prince. Macron hastily flew to Saudi Arabia on November 9 from the nearby United Arab Emirates. Macron’s stop in Riyadh came just as tensions were mounting between Saudi Arabia and Iran over the fate of the Lebanese prime minister. Hariri, a Sunni Muslim politician and longtime ally of both Saudi Arabia and France, announced his resignation in a televised address from Riyadh on November 4. Many, including Lebanese President Michel Aoun, have accused Saudi Arabia of forcing Hariri to step down and of holding him in detention. The Saudis have denied the allegations and accused Hezbollah of creating a “state within a state” in Lebanon. This week, Hariri said he planned to return to Lebanon soon, but did not specify when. According to Malsagne, French diplomacy has so far “not succeeded in obtaining guarantees from Riyadh” on Hariri’s freedom of mvoement and speech, nor has it clarified when Hariri may be allowed to return to Lebanon or what the Saudis’ true political intentions are. “It’s therefore a risky bet for France,” he told Al Jazeera. The French president also spoke with his Lebanese counterpart, Michel Aoun, on November 10. Macron stressed “the importance of preserving the stability, independence and security of Lebanon and French support for the Lebanese people,” according to a statement put out by the Elysee. He also met with Lebanon’s Foreign Minister, Gebran Bassil, in Paris on Tuesday. During a press conference at the Lebanese embassy in Paris, Bassil thanked Macron for “the initiative he is undertaking for Lebanon in the face of an exceptional situation,” French website L’Orient Le Jour reported. Bassil said, however, that Lebanon “must decide on its internal and external politics” and “counts on making a free decision”. A day later, Macron offered Hariri and his family to come spend a few days in Paris, but specified that the invitation was not an offer of political exile. The Hariri family, which holds French citizenship, has longstanding ties to the French political class. Hariri’s father, former prime minister Rafik Hariri, who was assassinated in 2005, was a close friend of former French President Jacques Chirac. When he resigned from politics in 2007, Chirac considered moving into a Paris apartment owned by the Hariri family, Reuters reported at the time. The French government, meanwhile, has maintained close ties to Saad Hariri, explained Eric Verdeil, a professor at Sciences Po in Paris. While France has traditionally kept a balanced approach to Lebanese internal politics – often working as a facilitator between various factions – it has been closer to the Hariri-led March 14 camp, which includes Lebanese-Christian political groups. “It’s clear that the political class [in France] and successive French governments saw in Saad Hariri a politician whom they could support and that they strongly supported him for several years,” Verdeil told Al Jazeera. Nonetheless, the French “try to be in a position to talk to everyone,” Verdeil said. Hariri visited Macron at the Elysee in September and said during his visit that “relations between France and Lebanon are excellent”. Yet despite their close relationship to Hariri, his resignation came as a shock to French leaders. “They were very surprised by this resignation that was unexpected and obviously they weren’t consulted,” Verdeil said. If Hariri does not eventually return to Lebanon, France will still maintain close ties to the country in order to maintain its own interests in the region, according to Malsagne. “Franco-Lebanese relations are not confined to the men in power,” he told Al Jazeera. Since France closed its embassy in Damascus in 2012, Lebanon has served as “an observation post” for France to monitor what’s happening in the Middle East, especially in Syria and Iraq, he explained. France has a long history of mediation in Lebanese political crises, Malsagne said, and its involvement today does not come as a surprise. Joe Macaron, a resident analyst at the Arab Center Washington DC research organisation, said that Hariri is France’s major Sunni ally in Lebanon and the wider Middle East. It is in France’s interests “to make sure that Saad Hariri remains a player in Lebanon’s politics,” Macaron told Al Jazeera. “They have good relations with a lot of Lebanese leaders, but if Hariri doesn’t return to power, whoever replaces him […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsNov 16th, 2017

Syria says shells hit Russian embassy compound

BEIRUT — Syrian state media say shells have hit the Russian embassy in Damascus causing material damage......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 16th, 2017