OFW brought to a hospital in Libya; migrant group tries to verify

MIGRANTE-Middle East, an alliance of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) Saturday said it received reports from its member who was among those trapped in Libya that there is an OFW who died during intense fighting in Benghazi, Libya five days ago.

John Leonard Monterona said at around 1:47 p.m. yesterday (February 25), he received reports direct from Migrante member in Libya who was among those trapped in Benghazi, where the protests and clashes first broke out.

“The report reaching us there is an OFW who died when armed men attacked their project site camp on February 21,” Monterona said.

Monterona said the OFW casualty accidentally plunged from the rig when he hurriedly attempted to escape as armed men attacked them.

“According to our member, the remains of the OFW was brought to Jalo General Hospital,” Monterona added.

Monterona said their members and fellow OFWs in Benghazi had left its camp sites and have to proceed to Tubruq, the last city bordering Egypt.

“At the moment, we are facing difficulty to verify the identity of the OFW casualty as most of our Filipino workers have left Benghazi, thus no one could be asked to verify the identity of the dead OFW,” Monterona averred.

Monterona said: “We are not quite sure if there are still OFW nurses or staff working at Jalo hospital who could verify the OFW remains at the hospital’s morgue.”

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