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Australians in Ethiopia urged to ‘leave immediately’ amid escalating conflict

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A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade says it’s “aware of cases where police have arrested and detained people, including Australians” and that “searches of individuals and residences can take place at any time”. 

“The Australian government is gravely concerned by the rapidly deteriorating security situation in Ethiopia and calls for all parties to the conflict to immediately cease hostilities and work towards a negotiated solution,” they stated in an announcement on Thursday. 

“We advise Australians to leave Ethiopia immediately while commercial options are available.”

The spokesperson stated flight availability might change or be suspended at any time and with out discover.

“Australians should not rely on an expectation of emergency evacuation flights,” they stated. 

“DFAT is calling all registered Australians in Ethiopia, or family representatives, to offer assistance connecting with commercial flights.”

The journey recommendation for Ethiopia is at present set at ‘do not travel’ (stage 4) due to “the ongoing civil unrest, armed conflicts in the north of the country and the risk of further conflicts spreading to new areas without warning.”

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has reportedly joined the frontline the place authorities forces are battling rebels from the northern Tigray area. 

Mr Abiy, winner of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, “is now leading the counter-offensive” and “has been giving leadership from the battlefield as of yesterday,” state-affiliated media Fana Broadcasting Corporate reported.

It was not clear on Wednesday (native time) the place Mr Abiy, a former radio operator in the navy who rose to lieutenant-colonel, had deployed. State media didn’t broadcast photographs of him in the sector, and officers haven’t responded to requests for particulars about his whereabouts.

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

Source: AP

Addressing experiences of Mr Abiy on the frontline, the US State Department late on Wednesday warned “there is no military solution” to Ethiopia’s civil warfare.

“We urge all parties to refrain from inflammatory and bellicose rhetoric, to use restraint, respect human rights, allow humanitarian access, and protect civilians,” a State Department spokesperson stated.

A day earlier, Washington’s particular envoy for the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman, stated that “nascent progress” risked being “outpaced by the military escalation by the two sides”.

Calls for a ceasefire

Other overseas envoys even have been frantically pushing for a ceasefire, although there have been few indicators a breakthrough is coming.

On Wednesday, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres known as for a swift finish to the preventing – feedback made whereas on a go to to Colombia to mark the fifth anniversary of a peace deal between the federal government and former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels.

“The peace process in Colombia inspires me to make an urgent appeal today to the protagonists of the conflict in Ethiopia for an unconditional and immediate ceasefire to save the country,” he stated.

The warfare erupted in November 2020 when Mr Abiy despatched troops into Tigray to topple its ruling occasion, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

He stated the transfer was in response to TPLF assaults on federal military camps and promised a swift victory, however by late June the rebels had retaken most of Tigray, together with its capital Mekele.

Since then, the TPLF has pushed into neighbouring Amhara and Afar areas, and this week it claimed to have seized a city simply 220 kilometres from Addis Ababa.

With further reporting by AFP. 

Australian residents in want of pressing consular help, together with assist to depart, ought to name the Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305.

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