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Turkish embassy in Ethiopia moved to Kenya due to threats over drone sales

Turkey’s embassy in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa has been moved to neighboring Kenya due to threats after the deployment of Turkish drones by the Abiy Ahmed regime to suppress the Tigray rebellion, the T24 news website reported.

Although the Turkish government hadn’t made an official statement regarding the sale of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to the Ethiopian government, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed had visited the country and met with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan twice in the past six months, adding to the widespread belief that drones bought from Turkey, in addition to Iran and the United Arab Emirates, had changed the course of the civil war in Ethiopia, journalist Barçın Yinanç wrote in an article on the T24 news website on Monday.

“Turkey’s embassy in Addis Ababa cannot operate from the capital due to threats it has received. The ambassador and several embassy staff are serving from [neighboring] Kenya. There was no statement from the [Turkish] Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the matter,” the journalist said.

The conflict that has been going on for over a year in Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most populous country and a linchpin of regional security, has left thousands dead, forced more than 2 million people from their homes and pushed parts of the country into famine.

Forces under Abiy Ahmed, the Ethiopian military, ethnic militias, and troops from neighboring Eritrea, are fighting to oust the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, or T.P.L.F., from its stronghold in the northern region of Tigray.

In early November, the government teetered when fighters from Tigray surged south toward Addis Ababa, forcing the prime minister to declare a state of emergency. Foreigners fled the country and the government detained thousands of civilians from the Tigrayan ethnic group.

But weeks later Abiy pulled off a stunning military reversal, halting the rebel march less than 100 miles from the capital, then forcing them to retreat hundreds of miles to their mountainous stronghold in Tigray.

He succeeded partly by mobilizing ordinary citizens to take up arms to block the Tigrayan advance. However, his fortunes were greatly boosted by a fleet of armed drones, recently imported from the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Iran, that pummeled the Tigrayan forces, according to a report by The New York Times last week.

Drones also hit refugee camps in Tigray and killed dozens of civilians, the Times said, adding that despite recent releases of political prisoners by Abiy, which prompted a phone call with US President Joe Biden, the prospect of a cease-fire seemed distant.


2 thoughts on “Turkish embassy in Ethiopia moved to Kenya due to threats over drone sales”

  1. Today I would like to write about the War between TPLF (Tigray People Liberation Front) & the Ethiopia government, as well majority people. As you know TPLF has ruled the country for three decade after Overthrow Colonel Mengistu Military regime by armed struggle with combined force’s of EPLF (Eritrea People Liberation Front) now the ruling government since Eritrea Independence. Was a thirty year TPLF Administration Good for second highest populous country Ethiopia and the people? NO, First by Established ethnic based Administration divided the Country and it’s people, during 21st century of Globalization, Free trade, less border restriction Ethiopians was restricted freedom of movement, right to work because of Ethnic Federalism . Second they give legitimacy to Eritrean Independence and left Ethiopia land-locked Country ( with out port) now Ethiopia pay a lot of money hiring Djibouti port for Export and Import commodities. third their Administration was corrupted, Land was hold by Government, Most people have nothing to eat but those TPLF officials and their relatives get rich from time to time, even the people of Tigray life not changed. before they come to power they were under safety net during there three decade was the same. Fourth No democracy, No free election, No Freedom of Speech, write, Torching, Intimidating,Killing and persecution was to much and this was a reason A Three decade TPLF Ruling to be heated and overthrow by people Mob in 2018 but they did not Expecting and do not want to accept
    the change and they choose to take arms against the Government and its people. there is Conflict of interest with other forces Like, Egypt, Sudan and other western countries behind this war as well.

  2. is an opposition group operating out of Germany working to embarrass Erdogan’s government. It is unfortunate that Zehabesha has no sense of what is legit and what is not. Also bizarre is the fact that Ethiopian and Turkish governments have not said a word about threats to Turkish embassy in Addis!

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