US Citizens Urged To Leave Ethiopia Immediately As Conflict Rages On

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American citizens living in Ethiopia have been urged by the U.S. State Department to leave the country immediately.  

The United States State Department is urging U.S. citizens to leave Ethiopia immediately.  

According to Reuters, the United States has no plans to help facilitate an evacuation from the African country using military personnel. This comes as the country’s government strives to end conflict with a liberation group.  

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On Nov. 2, one year after conflict began between Ethiopia’s federal government and forces with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, the nation declared a state of emergency. The designation is set to last for six months. During that time, suspects can be detained without trial and house-to-house arrests can be conducted without a warrant. 

Although no commercial aircraft will assist with the departure of Americans, the United States is offering repatriation loans to those who cannot afford to leave. “There are no plans to fly the U.S. military into Ethiopia to facilitate evacuations or replicate the contingency effort we recently undertook in Afghanistan, which was a unique situation for many reasons,” a senior State Department official told Reuters.  

Details from a teleconference with a senior State Department official reveal the seriousness of the push to get Americans out of the country. “We have no higher priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas. That’s why we are urging U.S. citizens to leave Ethiopia now, while commercial flight options are available, even as we continue to engage in intensive diplomacy and work with partners in the region, including the AU, to urge all parties to end the military conflict, cease hostilities, and enter into negotiations,” the official said.  

The official is also stressing the importance of leaving the country right away. “Don’t put yourself or your family at risk by waiting,” they said. “Second, do not wait until the situation gets worse to decide to leave. Leave before things change, because they can change in an instant and flight options could disappear.”  

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