Canada withdraws families of Ethiopian embassy staff and non-essential employees due to armed conflict

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CAIRO – November 8, 2021: Canada on Sunday decided to withdraw families of embassy staff and non-essential workers as Tigray forces advance towards the capital, Addis Ababa.

Additionally, the Canadian Embassy in Addis Ababa tweeted addressing expats: “If you are in Ethiopia and your presence is not essential, consider leaving if it is safe to do so. The day before, he had tweeted: “The security situation is deteriorating and changing rapidly. You should reassess whether your presence in the country is essential.”

Tigray forces had captured two towns and were advancing towards the capital, so they are now 270 kilometers from Addis Ababa.

The two cities are Dessie and Kombolcha, and both are located in the Amhara region, home to Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group. According to the Guardian, the first fell on October 31 while the second was seized on November 1.

The conflict between Tigray and the federal government has been going on since November 1, 2020, due to the opposition’s objection to the postponement of the elections and the marginalization of politicians affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Tigray (TPLF), formerly an integral part consecutive governments for decades.



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