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Ethiopia responds to “Tigray rumors” and threatens Foreign Embassies

Ethiopia confirmed, on Friday, that it will have to take strict measures against foreign embassies that called on their nationals to leave the country against the background of rumors that the Tigray Liberation Front is besieging the capital, Addis Ababa.

A statement issued by the Government Communications Office indicated that there are some foreign media spreading misleading information through false transmissions about the fall of some cities into the hands of the Front, which is trying to sow doubt and fear between the leadership and the people and the National Army must stop this behavior.

The statement stated that some workers in foreign organizations are spreading false information about government officials’ request for visas to raise suspicions between the people and the national army. They should stop doing so, otherwise the Ethiopian government will take deterrent measures against them.

The statement called on the Ethiopian people to stand against what the country is facing, noting that the people must continue to work together to close the door to false rumors spread by the destructive forces and their allies.

Declare a state of emergency

Earlier, the Ethiopian parliament voted unanimously to impose a state of emergency in the country,  after rebel forces from the northern region of  Tigray  said they had gained ground in the south, at the beginning of this week, and threatened to advance to the capital.

The announcement came two days after urging Prime Minister  Â me Ahmed  Ali, citizens to take up arms to defend themselves in the face of ” the Popular Front for the Liberation of Tigray.”

The authorities in Addis Ababa asked residents to register weapons and prepare defenses, in anticipation of the advance of the Tigray forces.  

The conflict erupted on the night of November 3, 2020, when forces loyal to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, including some soldiers, seized military bases in the northern Tigray region

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