Tigray Crisis: U.S. Orders Non-Emergency Employees Out of Ethiopia

The US State Department ordered all non-emergency US employees out of Ethiopia due to an armed conflict, civil unrest and potential supply shortages, its embassy in Addis Ababa said on Saturday.

The state department in a statement cited ongoing conflict and warned of the “potential for terrorism and kidnapping.”

“Incidents of civil unrest and ethnic violence are occurring without warning. The situation may escalate further and may cause supply chain shortages, communications blackouts, and travel disruptions,” the embassy said on its website.

Prime Minister Ahmed Abiy’s government declared a national state of emergency on Tuesday, saying it was locked in an “existential war” with forces from the northern Tigray region and their allies.

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Forces allied to the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front have been advancing and unveiled an alliance with other factions on Friday aiming to remove Abiy from power, by force if needed.

The conflict in the north of Ethiopia started a year ago when forces loyal to the TPLF seized military bases in the Tigray region. In response, Abiy sent troops, which initially drove the TPLF out of the regional capital but have faced a sharp reversal since June this year.

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