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Philippines urges nationals out of Libya after beheading, rape

Published on Jul 31, 2014 12:09 PM
 
Smoke billows from a petrol depot that has been ablaze for the fourth day following clashes between rival militias near the airport in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The Philippines renewed calls for thousands of its nationals to leave Libya on Thursday, July 31, after a Filipina nurse was abducted and gang-raped, following the beheading of a Filipino construction worker. -- PHOTO: AFP

MANILA (AFP) - The Philippines renewed calls for thousands of its nationals to leave Libya on Thursday after a Filipina nurse was abducted and gang-raped, following the beheading of a Filipino construction worker.

The foreign department said all 13,000 Filipinos there were to be repatriated as clashes between rival militias threaten to tear the country apart three years after Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was toppled.

"We reiterate our call to our remaining nationals in Libya to immediately get in touch with the Philippine embassy in Tripoli and register for repatriation," said a fresh foreign department advisory issued on Thursday.

The call came as the ministry confirmed reports that a Filipina nurse was abducted and gang-raped there on Wednesday.

 
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