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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

The Japanese government has called on its citizens in Ethiopia to leave amid arising military tensions.

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Japan Foreign Minister, Yoshimasa Hayashi sounded the warning in a statement, where he also admitted that there had been no reports about Japanese casualties so far.

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

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

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He said to date, no data about “physical damage” inflicted on Japanese nationals in Ethiopia had been confirmed.

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

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

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