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24 Jun 2019 | 08:02 AM UTC

Ethiopia: Internet services remain severed following assassinations June 24 /update 2

Ethiopia News Alert

Internet and telecommunication disruptions remain severed as of June 24 following multiple assassinations on June 22; Bole International Airport (ADD) remains operational

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/23/2019, 12:00 AM until 6/30/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Addis_Ababa). COUNTRY/REGION Bahir Dar, Amhara region, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Event

Internet services remain shut down as of Monday, June 24, in Ethiopia following multiple assassinations and related violence on Saturday, June 22. According to Netblocks, 99 percent of the country's internet network was connected as of approximately 00:00 (local time) on Monday. Heightened security measures, including increased deployment of military and police forces, checkpoints, and road closures, have been reported in Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar (Amhara region) and are expected to continue in the coming hours and days, along with continued telecommunication disruptions.

Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD) was fully operational, per the US Embassy, as of Sunday, June 23.

Context

Gunmen killed four major political figures, including the Amhara regional president and the Ethiopian army chief of staff, in twin attacks in Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar (Amhara region) on Saturday, June 22. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed labeled the attacks an attempted coup and has blamed Brigadier General Asaminew Tsige, the head of Amhara region's security.

Advice

Individuals in Ethiopia, particularly Addis Ababa and Amhara region, are advised to monitor the situation, refrain from unnecessary movement, remain vigilant for security operations and militant behavior, anticipate heightened security measures and transportation and telecommunication disruptions, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

 

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