Foreign Ministry evacuates families of Israeli diplomats from Ethiopia

The Foreign Ministry on Saturday began evacuating the families of Israeli diplomats from Ethiopia, Hebrew media reported.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lior Hayat said Israeli diplomats were staying at the embassy in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital.

This report comes in light of the recent escalation in Ethiopia over the year-long conflict between Tigray forces and the Ethiopian military.

According to reports, rebel forces intended to occupy the capital, which is home to a large portion of Ethiopian Jews.

The recent security issues unfolding in the country raise questions about the fate of those considering immigrating to Israel, Maariv reported.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid with Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rabat, Morocco, August 11, 2021. (SHLOMI AMSALEM / GPO)

Aliyah and Integration Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata sent a letter to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett last week, in which she implored an urgent discussion on the matter, with the aim of promoting their immigration to Israel.

On Thursday, the Foreign Ministry issued a travel warning to Ethiopia on Thursday, due to the state of emergency in the country, stating that “Israeli citizens residing in Ethiopia are vigilant and are regularly informed of the evolution of the fighting in the country in general. and the situation in the capital in particular.

It has also been reported over the next few days that there may be disruptions and restrictions on flights, traffic and access to communication and product availability in the African country.

A joint investigation by the United Nations and an Ethiopian human rights team found that all sides tortured and killed civilians, gang raped and arrested people solely on the basis of their ethnicity.

The war between the two sides began over a year ago when Tigrayan soldiers from the national army took control of military bases across Tigray.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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