As the war in Libya continues, an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) has been killed, while five others were wounded in a rocket attack west of the Libya capital, a Libyan security source confirmed.
Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesperson Charles Jose said 31-year-old Jupiter Adrias from Roxas City, Capiz was the fatality of the explosion.
Included among the wounded casualties are three Filipino oil workers, the source said.
The four OFWs were riding in a car when the attack on Sunday, March 29 occurred in Zawiya, 40 kilometers west of Tripoli.
A Sudanese man and a Libyan man were also wounded as the rocket launched by rebels hit their car.
The DFA verified the reports that a Filipino died in Libya.
“Our embassy in Tripoli confirmed that one Filipino died in (a) bombing in Zawiya,” Charles Jose said. “There were four of them who were injured by the bombing, and all of them were seriously injured.”
He said the OFWs were rushed to a local hospital, but one of the four eventually died due to injuries.
The DFA urged the remaining Filipinos in the war-torn territory to avail of the government’s repatriation offer.
“Right now, because of the worsening situation there, we are intensifying our campaign to encourage our OFWs there to Libya and come back to the Philippines,” he stressed.
The Philippines has been keen on inviting its citizens working in Libya back to the Philippines since it raised the Middle Eastern country’s alert to level 4 in July 2014.
“The repatriation is a continuing process. As long as there are Filipinos who signify their intention to come back, we make arrangements for them,” the official said.
More than 4,000 Filipino from Libya have been evacuated since July.
(With reports from Inquirer.net and Philstar.com)
(OCIE April 3-9, 2015 Sec. A pg.5)