Cabinet urges Dutch people to leave Ethiopia, ‘next stage’

The cabinet calls on Dutch people in Ethiopia to leave the country โ€œstronglyโ€. Demissionary Minister Knapen said in the House of Representatives that enough commercial flights are available for this. Previously, Foreign Affairs also warned about the situation in the East African country, but this incentive continues. Knapen said that the ministry is following the situation from day to day and that โ€œwe are now at the next phaseโ€.

A war has long been raging in Ethiopia, and rebels of the Peoples Liberation Army of Tigray, say, are getting closer and closer to the capital Addis Ababa. Countries such as the United States, France and Germany have also called on their citizens to leave Ethiopia.

Only a core staff remains present from the Dutch embassy. The rest of the employees and their family members are already back in the Netherlands.

Code red

Furthermore, the whole of Ethiopia is now code red. This means that travel to the country is urgently discouraged.

Knapen is not planning to pay the tickets of Dutch people who want to return home for the time being: โ€œIf there are big problems, we are always ready to offer a helping hand. But the fact that people can now sign up for funding, while we have known how the situation in Addis Ababa is for a long time, we think a bit premature.โ€

Ethiopian Tigray was far from accessible to journalists, but correspondent Elles van Gelder was still allowed to enter the area last summer: