Yemen declares Filipinos killed by al-Qaeda attack as “martyrs”

The seven Filipino victims were among 52 people killed by an al-Qaeda-linked attack last week

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Yemen will be considering the seven Filipinos who were killed by an explosion last week in Sana’a as “martyrs,” the government said on Wednesday.

The Filipino victims were among 52 people killed by an al-Qaeda-linked attack last week.

Officials from both countries met in the Yemeni capital and exchanged condolences.

“The Yemeni President, H.E. Abdo Rabbo Hadi, has declared that the Filipino victims are martyrs, similar to the Yemeni victims,” read a statement from the Philippine ministry of foreign affairs.

The Yemeni government has also vowed full support to facilitate the early repatriation of the remains of the victims back to the Philippines.

The Philippines has banned its workers from going to Yemen following the attack.

This means that the country’s labor and employment office has initiated a total ban on the deployment of overseas Filipino workers to Yemen.

The government has also announced that Filipino workers, 2,000 of which are currently employed in Yemen, can choose to return home at the government’s expense.

Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for Friday’s attack on Yemen’s military headquarters in Sana’a, saying it was retaliation for U.S. drone strikes that have killed dozens of the terror network’s leaders.

The seven Filipinos killed included a doctor and nurses. Eleven others were wounded. They were among 40 Filipinos working in the hospital inside the complex.

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