Alert Level 2 up in Israel, West Bank

Posted at 07/22/14 9:47 AM

MANILA - The Philippine Government raised Crisis Alert Level 2 in Israel and the West Bank in view of the threats to security posed by the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.

"Alert Level 2 (Restriction Phase) is issued when there are real threats to life, security, and property of Filipinos arising from internal disturbance, instability, and external threats," the DFA said in a statement.

The DFA instructed Filipinos to restrict non-essential movements, avoid open spaces and prepare for evacuation.

Alert level 4, which calls for mandatory repatriation, remains up in Gaza.

"The Philippine Government continues to implement mandatory repatriation of Filipino nationals from Gaza," the DFA said.

Likewise, the DFA continues to closely monitor developments in the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Despite growing calls for a halt to two weeks of fighting, violence raged on. Israel pounded the coastal strip, killing 28 members of a family in one strike, 11 people in an attack on a high-rise building and four in the shelling of a hospital, medics said.

Israel's losses also mounted. Following the death of 13 soldiers on Sunday, Israel said seven more troops had been killed on Monday, including four whose jeep was fired at by a group of militants who tunnelled across the border from Gaza.

Israeli aircraft hit back swiftly, killing 10 of the infiltrators from the Islamist group Hamas, the army said.

Violence also spread to the occupied West Bank where Palestinian medics said Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man, 21, while dispersing protesters throwing stones at a military jeep near Jerusalem. - With Reuters