Ethiopia.. Washington calls for halting military operations and evacuating its employees

The United States expressed its deep concern about the escalation of violence and the expansion of hostilities in Ethiopia, while announcing, through its embassy in Addis Ababa, that it had decided to evacuate non-essential employees and their families due to the escalation of the conflict.

In detail, the US Embassy in Addis Ababa announced today, Thursday, that it has decided to evacuate non-essential employees and their families due to the escalation of the conflict in Ethiopia.

The United States had earlier warned its citizens against traveling to Ethiopia , and called on its citizens to prepare to leave in light of the deteriorating security situation.

The announcement by the US embassy in Ethiopia came after Washington renewed its call for all parties involved in the conflict to stop military operations and start a dialogue for a ceasefire, according to the US State Department

The State Department added that the US special envoy to the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman, will discuss the situation with the Ethiopian government, during his visit today to Ethiopia.The Tigray War..Ethnic fire burns Ethiopia

On Wednesday, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abi Ahmed , vowed to the Tigray Liberation Front fighters , pledging to defend the country, amid reports of the region’s forces advancing towards the capital, Addis Ababa.

“We will bury the enemies with our blood,” Abi Ahmed said, referring to the Tigray rebels , on the one-year anniversary of the start of the military campaign he launched against the rebels there.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister said : “The pit that has been dug will be very deep, and it will be where enemies are buried and not where Ethiopia is disintegrated. We will bury this enemy with our blood and our bones and we will raise Ethiopia’s glory anew,” according to Reuters.

 Abi Ahmed’s comments came a day after the declaration of a state of emergency in the country, and after the rebels in Tigray indicated that they would advance towards the capital, Addis Ababa .

A minute of silence was declared at a memorial ceremony with lit candles to commemorate the dead on November 3, 2020, when forces loyal to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front seized military bases in the region in northern Ethiopia, and in response Abi Ahmed sent more troops to the region.

The Ethiopian government imposed a state of emergency on Monday after the Tigray People’s Liberation Front said it had captured several towns in recent days and could advance on the capital, Addis Ababa, 380 km south of its outpost.

The 6-month emergency will enable the government to order adult citizens to receive military training and accept military duties.

And between the mutual threat and preparation for confrontation, a joint investigation between the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and Ethiopia revealed “extreme brutality” that overshadows the conflict in the Tigray region that has been going on for nearly a year, pointing to the possibility of crimes against humanity committed by all warring parties.

“We already have reasonable indications to believe that during this period, all parties to the Tigray conflict, to varying degrees, have committed violations of international, humanitarian and refugee law,” said Marcel Akpovo, Regional Representative of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for East Africa

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