| 30 May 2024, Thursday |

U.S. embassy in Ethiopia permits voluntary departure of some staff, family

As rebel troops in the north make advances, the US embassy in Ethiopia has permitted the voluntary departure of non-emergency government workers and family members due to armed conflict, according to the embassy’s website.

The decision came as the US expressed “grave concern” over the escalating bloodshed and escalation of hostilities on Wednesday, repeating a plea for military actions to be halted in favor of ceasefire talks.

“The (State) Department authorized the voluntary departure of non-emergency U.S. government employees and family members of emergency and non-emergency employees from Ethiopia due to armed conflict, civil unrest, and possible supply shortages,” the embassy said in a statement.

Travel to Ethiopia is unsafe and further escalation is likely, it added.

“The government of Ethiopia has previously restricted or shut down internet, cellular data, and phone services during and after civil unrest,” it said.

Government spokesperson Legesse Tulu did not immediately respond to a telephone call seeking comment on the U.S. embassy statement.

  • Reuters