Becareful of Ethiopian air space, U.S. warns pilots as war nears Addis Ababa…
The United States has warned pilots that planes operating in Ethiopian air space could be “directly or indirectly exposed to ground weapons fire as Tigrayan, Oromo rebels encircle Addis Ababa.
The Federal Aviation Administration advisory issued Wednesday cites the “ongoing clashes” between Ethiopian forces and fighters from the northern Tigray region, which have killed thousands of people in a year of war.
The U.S. this week urged its citizens in Ethiopia to “leave now,” saying there should be no expectation of an Afghanistan-style evacuation.
The Addis Ababa international airport is the hub for the state-owned Ethiopian Airlines, a symbol of Ethiopia’s former status as one of the world’s most rapidly growing economies before the war.
The airline in recent years became Africa’s largest and best-managed carrier, turning Addis Ababa into the gateway to the continent.
Addis Ababa is also the continent’s diplomatic capital as home of the African Union.