US orders non-emergency workers to leave Ethiopia due to ‘armed conflict’ and ‘potential for terrorism and kidnapping’

  • United States State Department ordered all non-emergency U.S. employees to Ethiopia.
  • In a statement, the State Department cited the ongoing conflict and warned of the “potential for terrorism and kidnapping.”

On Saturday, the United States Department of State urged all non-emergency government workers living in the country to evacuate amid ongoing civil unrest there.

“Do not travel to Ethiopia due to armed conflict, civil unrest, communications disruptions, criminality, and the potential for terrorism and kidnapping in border areas,” the State Department said. wrote in an updated travel advisory on Saturday.

The State Department said it was urging U.S. citizens in the country to leave through commercially available options and said it was “unlikely” the U.S. Embassy would be able to help initially if commercial options become unavailable.

“Although seats on commercial flights currently remain available, we cannot predict when demand will exceed capacity,” the State Department said Saturday.

The situation in the country could worsen, the State Department warned, leading to supply chain issues, communication breakdowns and travel disruptions.

On November 2, Ethiopian officials declared a state of emergency in the country and on Friday asked veterans of the national army to join in fighting two aligned rebel groups that threaten its capital, Addis Ababa, CNN reported.

According to CNN, nine armed groups formed a joint alliance on Friday opposing the Ethiopian government “in response to the dozens of crises facing the country” and the “genocidal regime of Ethiopia”, they said in a statement, according to CNN. The report.

The group, called the United Front of Ethiopian Federalist and Confederalist Forces, said it no longer recognized the government led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, whose troops have been accused of war crimes, and said it would work to establish a transitional government, according to the report.

The Ethiopian government responded by saying some of the groups involved had little support and called it a “publicity stunt”, according to CNN. Earlier this week, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed urged citizens to take up arms and defend themselves against rebel forces which took control of two key Ethiopian cities.

Like Politics reported on Saturday, the United States and the President’s administration Joe Biden over the past year have attempted to use trade restrictions, visa bans, the threat of economic sanctions and other diplomatic means to get the Ethiopian government and rebel groups to end the civil war in course that caused thousands of deaths.

“With the safety and security of millions at stake, and more than 900,000 people facing conflict-induced starvation conditions, we call on all forces to lay down their arms and open dialogue to maintain peace. unity and integrity of the Ethiopian state,” he added. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement Thursday.