The Israeli foreign ministry has issued a travel warning advising Israeli citizens to avoid any non-essential trips to war-torn Ethiopia.
The ministry on Thursday also told Israelis already in Ethiopia to be extra vigilant and to remain updated about the progress of fighting in the country in general and the situation in the capital city in particular.
“The Foreign Ministry recommends refraining from going to and/or staying in conflict zones, and [advises] listening to local instructions about curfew hours, gatherings and limits on movement,” the travel advisory says.
The ministry also called on Israelis in Ethiopia to consider leaving to avoid harm.
“The Foreign Ministry recommends refraining from going to and/or staying in conflict zones, and [advises] listening to local instructions about curfew hours, gatherings and limits on movement,” the travel advisory added.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday President Isaac Herzog urged the swift extraction of any remaining Ethiopian Jews waiting to immigrate to Israel from Ethiopia.
“The longings of the past are in large part the foundation of this holy day, but it is important that we not neglect for a moment our longings for the future,” Herzog said.
“Thousands are still waiting to make aliyah to Israel, and some of them are threatened and in a worrying situation. We must continue to act bring them over to Israel quickly,” Herzog added.
Sources said there are an estimated 7,000 to 12,000 Ethiopians waiting to move to Israel, many of whom live in the Tigray region, the heart of the conflict. Others, who left their villages years ago, eke out livings near Gondar and Addis Ababa, where the main Jewish communities are located.