The Philippine Embassy in Israel has warned Filipinos to stay away from the Golan Heights and places near the Lebanon-Gaza borders where tensions heightened between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
The embassy issued the advisory on Saturday as tensions flared between Palestinian militants and Israelis troops after the latter launched an airstrike on “Islamic Jihad targets in the Gaza Strip.”
The strike reportedly left a top commander of a Palestinian militant group and nine others, including a five-year-old child dead, triggering a retaliatory rocket barrage.
“Remain alert and refrain from going to sensitive areas like Golan Heights, areas near the Lebanon border, and the Gaza border,” the Philippine Embassy said.
Citing the Home Front Command, the embassy said educational activities were prohibited in the Gaza Envelope and South Israel.
The embassy likewise urged Filipinos to take necessary precautions when riding public vehicles, and refrain from going to crowded places as much as possible.
The United Nations described the continuing escalation of tensions in the region as “very dangerous,” and urged concerned parties to immediately halt the rocket launch.
“The launching of rockets must cease immediately and I call on all sides to avoid further escalation,” Tor Wennesland, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, said Saturday.
“The progress made in gradually opening Gaza since the end of May escalation risks being undone, leading to even greater humanitarian needs at a time when global resources are stretched and international financial support for a renewed humanitarian effort in Gaza will not be easily available,” he said.