US issues sixth Ethiopia ‘security message’ in 3 months after Ambo clashes

The United States embassy in Ethiopia has issued a ‘security message’ citing renewed clashes in Oromia region. The clashes in Ambo and two other areas led to deaths and injuries blamed on special federal forces, the ‘Agazis.’

The Thursday October 26, 2017 release becomes the sixth such message in a space of three months – between August and October 2017. It is the second security message in a space of two weeks.

“The U.S. Embassy is aware of reports of violent protests and road closures in the areas of the region of Oromia near Ambo, Bako, and Holeta, west of Addis Ababa,” its recent statement read in part.

The embassy cautioned its citizens who found themselves in the affected areas to exercise extra caution and review their security plans at every point in time.

On October 11 this year, the embassy issued a similar message in respect of Shashamane when violent protests and road blocks were reported.

Since the October 2016 state of emergency rule was lifted on August 8 this year, there has been two security messages each for August, September and October. All but the August 11 version was related to unrest.

The U.S. security messages between August – October 2017

:: Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Violent Protests and Road Closures in and around Ambo (26 October, 2017)
:: Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Violent protests and road closures in and around Shashamane (11 October, 2017)
:: Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Awareness in Oromia Region (29 September, 2017)
:: Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Unrest in Oromia (14 September, 2017)
:: Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Main road between the cities of Babile and Harar is clear and open (11 August, 2017)
:: Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Main road blocked by security forces between the cities of Babile and Harar (10 August, 2017)

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