At least 16 people have been killed across Ethiopia since Wednesday, October 23, amid clashes between protesters and police. Thousands gathered outside the home of Oromo activist Jawar Mohammed in Addis Ababa on Wednesday after the government attempted to withdraw his security detail. Clashes erupted in at least four cities after police attempted to forcibly disperse the demonstrations with tear gas and live ammunition. Hundreds of Mohammed's supporters remain camped around his home as of Thursday, October 24. Mohammed has appealed for calm as the stand-off with police continues outside his residence. Additional security forces have reportedly been deployed throughout the country, including in Dodola, where six people have been killed.
A heightened security presence is expected in Addis Ababa and other urban centers over the coming hours and days. Localized transportation and business disruptions are also to be anticipated.
Individuals in Ethiopia, and particularly those in Addis Ababa, are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations due to potential violence, anticipate heightened security measures and transportation disruptions near large public gatherings, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.
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