Japan and Greece urge their citizens to leave Ethiopia | The World | D.W.

The governments of Japan and Greece on Tuesday (30.11.2021) urged their nationals to “leave Ethiopia by commercial flights”, due to the “serious crisis” the country is going through after the outbreak of armed conflict in this country. country.

Japan a few weeks ago called on its citizens residing in Ethiopia to leave the country and raised the alert level a few days ago due to the “serious situation”, Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said. to the media.

The Japanese government sent a team of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Defense personnel to Ethiopia last Friday to gather information and monitor the situation on the ground, Hayashi said, who also confirmed that at present no Japanese citizens are in danger.

Greek government calls for evacuation

Greece also urged its nationals on Monday to leave Ethiopia “as soon as possible with commercial flights available”, due to “uncertain and increasingly unpredictable” security conditions, according to the Foreign Ministry in a statement.

Several hundred Greeks live in Ethiopia, mainly in the country’s capital, where there is a Greek school with 120 students. Greece decided to evacuate its citizens from that country, after the United States, France and the United Kingdom did the same last week.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced last week that he would go to the front lines to lead the Ethiopian army in the war against rebels in the northern Tigray region.

In recent weeks, the forces of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Tigray (FPLT) have conquered the town of Shewa Robit, in the neighboring region of Amhara, some 220 kilometers from Addis Ababa, headquarters of the African Union, between other international organizations. .

The war broke out on November 4, 2020, when the Ethiopian Prime Minister ordered an offensive against the PFLT, the party then ruling the region, in retaliation for an attack on a federal military base and after political tensions escalated.

The confrontation has killed thousands and an estimated two million have fled their homes, while the armed conflict has worsened a famine that already affects more than seven million Ethiopians, according to UN data.

gs (efe, afp)

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