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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 - 11:22
Philippines temporarily bans workers from going to Qatar
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The Philippines has temporarily banned its workers from travelling to Qatar after several Arab countries broke off diplomatic ties with the Gulf state.

Qatar is being isolated by its neighbours who accuse it of supporting Islamist militants and Iran.

More than two million documented Filipinos work in the Middle East, with about 140,000 based in Qatar.

The government said it was concerned about the "ripple effect" of the crisis on its overseas foreign workers.

Philippines Labour Secretary Silvestre Bello said the ban would be in place until it completed an assessment of the situation.

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