The first batch of Filipino repatriates is scheduled to leave Israel on Tuesday amid the Jewish state’s ongoing conflict with militant group Hamas, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

“They are flying today and arriving tomorrow in the afternoon, around 4pm via Etihad, there is 17 of them,” DFA Undersecretary Eduardo de Vega said.

He added that eight of the 17 repatriates are from southern Israel where Hamas launched its large-scale surprise attack early this month, which triggered the ongoing war.

“All 135 Filipinos in Gaza are in safe grounds,” he added.

De Vega said authorities are also looking into reports of Filipinos resorting to eating spoiled food as supply in Gaza runs out.

“Three Filipinos are still missing, while authorities are working on bringing home the remains of three other Filipinos who died amid the war,” De Vega updated.