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Japan urges citizens to leave Ethiopia amid mounting tensions

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Japan urges citizens to leave Ethiopia amid mounting tensions

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi called on Japanese citizens in Ethiopia to leave amid mounting military tensions, adding that there have been no reports of Japanese casualties so far.

“It is true that Japan has sent experts from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defense to assess the situation in Ethiopia and collect data.

“Currently, commercial flights continue to fly. We urge Japanese citizens to leave this country, ”Hayashi said.

He said that to date no data on “physical harm” inflicted on Japanese citizens in Ethiopia had been confirmed.

Ethiopia is currently facing an outbreak of violence linked to the advance of the rebels of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, who have been in a military conflict with the central government since 2020, towards the capital of Addis Ababa.

The situation prompted several countries to begin evacuating their diplomatic missions from Ethiopia, while the government declared a six-month state of emergency in November. (Sputnik/)

Source: NAN

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