Philippines pulls troops from 'Ebola-stricken' Liberia

Philippines peacekeepers - who a month ago withdrew from Golan heights - to go to 21-day quarantine facilty on returning home.

Philippines pulls troops from 'Ebola-stricken' Liberia

World Bulletin/News Desk

President Benigno Aquino III has ordered the pullout of Philippines troops from the "Ebola-stricken" West African country of Liberia.

General Gregorio Pio Catapang, chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, confirmed the withdrawal to media at Camp Aguinaldo headquarters in Metro Manila late Tuesday.

"We're currently working on the order of the Philippines commander-in-chief to repatriate Philippine troops working as United Nations Peacekeepers from Liberia which has been stricken with the Ebola epidemic," Catapang told reporters.

The tentative date for the return of 110 peacekeepers is November 10, according to the army's head of public affairs, Lieutenant Colonel Harold Cabunoc.

Catapang added that there would be no heroes’ welcome for the troops as they would have to go to a 21-day quarantine immediately on returning home.

He said that once the contingent finishes 10 days of quarantine, and they are declared safe, they would be given time with their families, after which they would report to the Philippine Air Force, the mother unit of the Liberia contingent.

The army added that proper protocols will be observed upon their return to the country.

Catapang said that as of Tuesday, the army is searching for a suitable quarantine area with suitable facilities which could house the peacekeepers.

Just a month ago, the government withdrew some 300 peacekeepers deployed in the Golan Heights due to an escalating conflict between the Syrian government and rebel forces.

Philippines Department of Health officials said as of October 8 the death toll attributed to the Ebola outbreak has reached 4,033, accordng to World Health Organization (WHO) figures.

The WHO has reported a total 8,399 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of Ebola have been reported in seven countries, including Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain and the United States.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Ekim 2014, 23:52