US urges all American citizens and government employees to leave Ethiopia
The United States is advising any of its citizens and non-emergency government employees who are in Ethiopia to leave "as soon as possible" due to security conditions in the East African nation.
A security alert posted Friday by the US embassy in Addis Ababa warned Americans to depart the country without delay, and offered assistance in obtaining air travel from Bole International Airport.
The rebel Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) has been locked in a yearlong war that has killed thousands and pushed many more into famine-like conditions.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent troops into Tigray in November last year to topple the TPLF, accusing them of attacking military bases.
The Ethiopian government, which on Tuesday declared a nationwide emergency, has denied any major rebel advance or threat on the capital, vowing to press on to victory in "an existential war."
Credible sources indicate that TPLF is receiving intelligence support from a foreign country on the movement of the Ethiopian army including satellite imageries.
In May this year, Ethiopia accused the US of meddling in its affairs after Washington announced restrictions on economic and security assistance over alleged human rights abuses during the conflict in the northern Tigray region.
Hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians of all walks of life took to the streets to protest what they described as interference by the US administration.
Neighboring Eritrea has also accused the United States of and the European Union of supporting Ethiopia's TPLF rebels.
Biden reviving TPLF regime
In a letter to the UN Security Council circulated early June, Eritrea’s foreign minister blamed US administrations that supported the (TPLF) for the last 20 years for the current conflict in northern Ethiopia’s Tigray region, adding that blaming Eritrea for the fighting was unfounded.
Osman Saleh accused President Joe Biden’s administration of “stoking further conflict and destabilization” through interference and intimidation in the region, apparently to “resuscitate the remnants of the TPLF regime”.
US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman is said to be leading Biden’s administration meddling in Ethiopia.
The US-backed TPLF led the coalition that ruled Ethiopia for nearly 30 years until Abiy rose to power in 2018.