The U.S. refused to evacuate its citizens from Ethiopia

The United States will not evacuate its citizens from Ethiopia. This was announced by U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price on Monday, November 15.

According to him, it’s not worth waiting for an air bridge “like in Kabul. Ethiopian Americans have to get out of the country on their own. If they don’t have money for a ticket, the embassy will help them with the paperwork.

“If the fighting reaches the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, U.S. passport holders should not expect an evacuation-style airlift from Kabul, it will not happen,” the State Department spokesman quoted Axios as saying.

On November 15, it became known that the United Nations (UN) would give a total of $40 million in humanitarian aid to Ethiopia.

On November 2, the government of Ethiopia declared a state of emergency in the country. Previously, militants from the northern region of Tigray said that they had captured the strategic towns of Dessi and Kombolcha in the Amhara region. They indicated that they would advance southward toward the capital Addis Ababa.

The standoff in Ethiopia has been going on since 2020. At that time, the authorities accused the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, which dominated Ethiopian political life, of attacking a military base and launched an operation in the region with Eritrean support.

In the spring of 2021, the Ethiopian authorities announced that Eritrea was withdrawing troops from Tigray, and a few months later the rebels took the administrative center of the region, the town of Makhele.