The UK and Switzerland are calling on citizens to leave the conflict-stricken country immediately

Britain’s Africa Minister Vicki Ford said the fighting could get closer to the capital, Addis Ababa, in the coming days, which could significantly reduce the chances of British nationals leaving Ethiopia. He suggested that survivors make preparations so that they can put themselves in a safe place in the coming weeks. According to the minister, they cannot guarantee that their citizens will be able to leave the East African country in the near future.

He also suggested leaving Ethiopia for his citizens on Wednesday through the Swiss Foreign Ministry. On Tuesday, the United Nations announced that it would evacuate the families of its international staff by November 25, as well as On Tuesday, the French and German foreign ministries issued a statement calling on their citizens to leave immediately on the first possible commercial flight.

Meanwhile, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said Ethiopia expelled six Irish diplomats on Wednesday over Dublin’s stance on the conflict. Ireland was one of the first countries to call for the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to issue statements on the Ethiopian situation.

In the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, fighting has raged for years between government forces and militants from the ethnically organized Tigris Liberation Front. The conflict has already resulted in tens of thousands of deaths, although the African Union and the United States, among others, are trying to mediate between the warring parties.The United Nations has repeatedly warned of a humanitarian crisis, and the conflict has not subsided yet.

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