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Report: Ethiopia’s PM says Israel evacuated war criminals

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A woman holds a banner with the portrait of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed during a rally in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on November 7, 2021.
Eduardo Soteras/AFPA woman holds a banner with the portrait of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed during a rally in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on November 7, 2021.

The country is facing a dire humanitarian crisis amid a conflict between Ethiopia’s government and the TPLF

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed told Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Monday that officers implicated in war crimes were evacuated to the country, Israel’s media reported.

Citing a security source, Channel 13 said at least four of those evacuated to Israel were officers who engaged in war crimes, with at least one of those involved in a massacre that took place in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.

Israel recently opened an investigation after discovering that several people who arrived in the country from Ethiopia in recent months lied about their Jewish heritage and the dangers they faced in their birth country.

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The country is facing a dire humanitarian situation amid a conflict between Ethiopia’s government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), and many countries are calling on their citizens to leave the area.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry issued a travel warning last week for Ethiopia, urging Israelis to avoid unnecessary travel to the destination. Citizens already there were also asked to shorten their stay and avoid areas of conflict, while staying informed of the situation.

Although the Ethiopian government denied any threat to Addis Ababa, authorities in the capital asked residents to organize to defend the city

The TPLF and the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) - the rebel factions fighting Ethiopia’s government - last week claimed responsibility for the capture of several strategic towns in the Amhara region.