On Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021, the French and German governments called on their citizens in Ethiopia to leave the country immediately following threats of violence as the rebels announced on Monday that they were closing in on the capital Addis Ababa.
According to both governments, their citizens may be trapped if the rebels succeed in taking the fight to Addis Abab, thus, urge the citizens to leave “without delay by taking the first available flights.”
The move comes three weeks after the US and UK made a similar appeal for their citizens to leave the country when the rebels first announced moving towards the capital.
The move taken by the French and German governments was motivated by the outing of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister on Monday, November 22nd, 2021, where he announced that he would lead the troops to the battlefield.
The United Nations also announced on Tuesday that they were moving the families of International staff out from Ethiopia to prevent a humanitarian crisis while essential UN workers would have to stay as the situation is being monitored.
Spokesman of the UN, Stephane Dujarric told reporters that “We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves, keeping in mind the safety of our staff and the need to continue to stand and deliver and to continue operations and support all the people that need our assistance.”
In late November 2020, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed celebrated victory over the conflict; however, by early January 2021, the situation got worse as the Tigray rebels began capturing key towns and cities, forcing the Prime Minister to announce a ceasefire.
The ceasefire, however, did not stop the rebels from advocating for full autonomy in the Tigray Region to expand to the rest of the nation as they are presently moving closer to the capital.