State Department urges US citizens to leave Ethiopia

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The State Department today reiterated its call on Americans in Ethiopia to leave the country immediately, stressing that Washington has no plans to facilitate their removal by military or commercial aircraft.

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The United States this month advised Americans to leave Ethiopia as soon as possible and offered “repatriation loans” to those who do not have the necessary financial resources to finance their trip.

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“There are no plans to send US military aircraft to Ethiopia to facilitate the evacuation or to resume our recent operation in Afghanistan, which for many reasons was a unique case,” a State Department official told reporters.

According to the United Nations, about 1,000 people, most of them from Tigray, were detained in various cities across Ethiopia last week. Ethiopia declared a state of emergency on November 2, a year after war broke out between the federal government and forces supporting the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the political party that controls the Tigray region.

The declaration of a state of emergency for six months allows the arrest and detention of suspects without trial, as well as searches of houses without a warrant.

Another State Department official said that the African Union envoy to the Horn of Africa, Olushegun Obasanjo, planned to return to Ethiopia in the coming days. The United States will consult with its partners to find out how they can support Obasanjo’s efforts and whether it makes sense for US Special Envoy Jeffrey Feltman to return to Ethiopia.

Source: AMPE

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Source From: Capital

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