Intense Fighting in Ethiopia, U.S. Warns Citizens

Intense fighting between Ethiopian security forces and a rebel group has led to the closure of the main road from Addis Ababa to Jijiga, U.S. Embassy reported.


The United States embassy in Ethiopia has reported of intense gunfire between two cities leaving a main road linking the capital and another town blocked.

A statement released by the embassy read: “The U.S. Embassy is aware of reports that the main road from Addis Ababa to Jijiga has been blocked by security forces between the cities of Babile and Harar due to intense fighting including gunfire.”

They added that even though Ethiopian Defense Force troops were arriving in the area, the road in question was not passable. The cause of the clashes is not yet known.

They further cautioned citizens on travel to the above mentioned areas. “Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.”

The US remains one of the few countries that have maintained their travel advisory for Ethiopia despite the lifting of a 10-month state of emergency imposed last October.

The U.S. State Department on December 6, 2016 warned its citizens “of the risks of travel to Ethiopia due to the potential for civil unrest related to sporadic and unpredictable anti-government protests that began in November 2015.” It also spoke about how curfew rules had hampered its activities.

Between December and the latest security message, the US embassy has issued four alerts to its citizens.

  • 5th January: Alert with respect to explosions in Bahir Dar, capital of Oromia region – one of the epicenters of anti-government protests.
  • 11th January: Report of an explosion on January 10, 2017 in the Gondaon Intasole Hotel located in Gondar in Amhara State.
  • 13th April: Alert during the easter festivities, “U.S. citizens to be aware of their surroundings around the upcoming Easter holiday,” the alert said.
  • 27th April: Alert on reports of a series of grenade explosions in the city of Gondar.

One of the towns where the clashes have been reported, Babille, is in eastern Ethiopia. It is believed to have been named after one of the 12 major clans of the Oromo people, it is located in the Oromia Region, 30 kilometers east of Harar.

Harar, also located in eastern Ethiopia is known as the ‘Mecca of Africa’. It’s surrounded by a centuries-old defensive wall that has several large gates. The city is known for its mazelike alleys and traditional houses decorated inside with flat hanging baskets. A holy Islamic city, Harar has many mosques, including the Grand Jami Mosque with its tall white minarets.

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Main Road Blocked by Security Forces Between the Cities of Babile and Harar

U.S. embassy in Addis Ababa
U.S. Security Message


(August 10, 2017) – The U.S. Embassy is aware of reports that the main road from Addis Ababa to Jijiga has been blocked by security forces between the cities of Babile and Harar due to intense fighting including gunfire.

Ethiopian Defense Force troops are arriving in the area, and the road is not passable.

The Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens avoid travel between Babile and Harar at this time.

As always, review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

49 thoughts on “Intense Fighting in Ethiopia, U.S. Warns Citizens

      1. Internet warriors are more like it, we buried you long time ago. Not even a safe heaven in Somalia, you live in Eritrea or their sites with less than 100 twitter warriors.

        1. hahaha, O.N.L.F Finished … How many Abyssinians Rats that came before U Said that. Its 2017, O.N.L.F Kicking Ass. ..And The Abyssinians that said that are all Dead and O,N.L.F Is still here Alive and well Sir. (NO GAS) Remember. Not While were Alive. Propaganda works on Ur People, Not Us. Putting up little shows in an Enclave named Jig-Jiga, is Not An Achievement 1 Can see…. See we know What the other Option of surrendering 2 a Raw meat Eaters is I Used 2 be A… I’m Now Amhara or what ever u rats call Your self. Now do U SEE Any Waryaa-Warrior saying I used 2 be Somali…hahah.. We Somalis Sir, No 1 EVEN UR GOD CAN DEFEAT US. WITH THE WHOLE WORLD WITH U THAT IS, Since Ur Creation by the British … OTHER WISE I WOULD HVE TAUGHT UR PEOPLE HOW 2 COOK THE BLOODY MEAT. Ahmed Gurey Style…. Peace Abyssinia…

          1. Hello Hakeem Baale, Are you kidding me?? Are you expecting any answer from sentiko ?? Sentiko/sheger addis/ Ethio/Balance/My thinking / He is a TPLF Agent with IQ 60!!! He is pathological liar. He lives in a fantasy world where everything said felt false or exaggerated.

        2. “የብዙዎቹ ምናልባትም የሁሉም በሽታዎቻችን መሠረቱ ድህነትና ማጣት ናቸው፡፡ የገንዘብ ድህነትን በማግኘት ይላቀቁታል፤ የአስተሳሰብን ድህነት ግን በምን ይገላገሉታል? ችግር ነው፡፡ First of all don’t google to much get fact ok!!! Before answer this question go and feed those kids dam

  1. Our neighbors from N’ooshto Tigray as well as the diplomats from the US Embassy in Addis Abeba should be very aware of the reasons behind these intense fighting. Provided the US embassy is not playing Woyane (IQ63), let it be known, the fighting is due to the 94% of non-Tigray Ethiopians dislike of Woyane’s total control of Ethiopia and disapproval of USA’s support of tribal Woyane. This is clear evidence that Woyane will never be able to govern the 94% of Ethiopians unless they reinstate the State of Emergency that was lifted just yesterday.

    1. This US report is tantamount to a Travel advisory notice to Ethiopia and that is the least what the dying weyane regime wants to hear at this trying times from its #1 benefactor. So it run in to its usual damage control mode and deny the report altogether …..

      “Ethiopia Denies Reports about Fighting in Areas in Eastern part”

      The government of Ethiopia has denied reports by the U.S. Embassy regarding fighting between cities of Babile and Harar, Eastern part Ethiopia.

      The Minister Negeri Lencho told ENA that there is no fighting and closed road in the area.

      The Minister noted that there were sporadic clashes between residents in areas bordering Oromia and Ethiopian Somali regional states, but not now.

      To peacefully resolve clashes in the bordering areas, the regional governments of the states had signed an agreement to demarcate the border between the states, Negeri recalled.

      Demarcating the border between the two states is being undertaken by experts drawn from the regional states and the federal government, pursuant to the agreement, Negeri said.

      Saying that there was a misunderstanding between the experts who were engaged in the process and local residents, the group has stopped the work.

      In its travel warning message, the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia said that it is aware of reports that “the main road from Addis Ababa to Jijiga has been blocked by security forces between the cities of Babile and Harar due to intense fighting including gunfire. Ethiopian Defense Force troops are arriving in the area, and the road is not passable.”

      The Embassy has also recommended that U.S. citizens to avoid travel between Babile and Harar at this time.

      1. You were salivating gunfire and choas, so quick to report unconfirmed reports and now we are accused of denying it. Wey gud, what is there to deny? EPRDF only answers to the people of Ethiopia, we were about to get this advisory to be lifted but your people like to make it difficult. Twitter didn’t work to topple the gov or start civil war, they decided to go old school and picked up the phone. How much Obama is missed all around the world is evident to the unprofessional conduct of these staffs and or the lack of leadership this casino clown. I never thought I will admit this but please G.W Bush any day now.

        1. Sentiko
          The ugmush boy this is undoubtedly beyond your little head to comprehend and comment so you better do what you are good for: Begging and lying. Korshe is still open

          1. Nothing gives me more pleasure than your humiliating exit from Addis and ራስ አስተዳደር እማ አዊጂካ አብ መቀለ ከፍ ልሓዋሩ. You can live on Qualo and quentee. Nothing gives me more pleasure than Ethiopia disintegrating in to three or more states, even though PIA belives united Ethiopia is better for Eritrea. I differ to disagree..

          2. “Nothing gives me more pleasure than Ethiopia disentegrating…” as long as you keep that mentality your country will be isolated, poverished, have no hope for the young, sanctioned and u shall feel the full might of EtDF and its atrocities. Fool, u r fighting a war which u will never win. LOSER!

          3. We are just reciprocating your mentality and policy of the last 17 years…did you say, “A war we can never win”, “the full mighty of EtDF”???mmmmmm, last time I remember it was your General who cried like a baby. This time, you are on your own! If a war breaks out, it will be between old MLLT and EDF.. And if you could cry with full Ethiopian resources at your disposal, God knows what you will do on your own!!

          4. Hero from Amhara/Ataklti · Edit

            It is sad that u & shabia ppl forget a lesson too quick. Next time it is not gonna be only mendefera, teseney, tsorena…. it will be assmera. for real. as for ur theory of weyane by itself, why dont u try it and see what happens?? I will leave it there. But, if u leave behind this “we have been wronged” mentality, and start working for a better future……u will be welcomed.

          5. You seem to be irritated Agame boy, you know ugumish from the tiny kilil you are gloating too much about war you must have seen a lot of Rambo videos. I know you don´t understand the meaning / horrors of war you think war is a picnic in a mekelle park ( if there are any). refrain from your childish barrage of menace, every one who has a different view than the twisted weyane´s one, don´t forget this is an Eritrean site you are only a beggar and uninvited villain.

          6. Ayte ugmumish Atakilti of the tiny barren kilil
            You can hardly know the consequences of war from your “comfort” as a beggar in some US cities. How much and how many tomes you brow neat the drums of war it is your dying cousins who become the immediate victims so you are advised not to play by fire. As your absurd remarks to Erena that you don´t speak Tigrigna. I understand in that case you replied honestly for first time in your certainly miserable life, it is true you speak the tangled version of tigrigna just like the colors of your wicked heart with nine different layers.
            Ugumish stay on course the 94% are on the march to take back what is legitimately theirs, then after will all outstanding issues dealt with amicably.

          7. Ayte Sbagadis
            What are you talking isn´t you tries albeit with out success to Eritrea. When you are cornered by those you have subjugated for more than two decades, face it ayte MLLT with little greed of intelligence. You seem as if you have got a new dress right now, where are those grandiose words you used to boast about your military might lest you know your rag tag militia you call agazi may terrify the civilians in your Bantustan but when it comes to Shabia it not a much.
            Get life just do what you are good in: begging and lying

        2. Nothing gives me more pleasure than your humiliating exit from Addis and ራስ አስተዳደር እማ አዊጂካ አብ መቀለ ከፍ ልሓዋሩ. You can live on Qualo and quentee. Nothing gives me more pleasure than Ethiopia disintegrating in to three or more states, even though PIA belive unites Ethiopia is better for Eritrea. I differ to disagree..

          1. Unfortunately for you, we have this ballot box to give the people come 2020, if that’s their wish, so shall it be. The days of removing elected Gov by force is dead. I will be glad to compare notes when you guys get there. And, please stop with your king advocating for united us, we know the snake from its head. Gim 7 might believe that shenanigans, if anyone could have done it, it was OLF but even their leaders couldn’t, they call themselves “unionists” all of the sudden. If I were you however, the king is close to 80, Afar has asked to join the union, we might take them on that offer since there are over a million in our side anyhow. Best of luck on the Facebook warriors next time, komal.

          2. Why would you remove gov by force, when you can win 100%, regardless what the ballot box says?
            No worrie about PIA, he will out live all yo chifra MLLT!
            Did you mention Kumal? Auzi’ma yeley. Kumal’ma lay’enotatkum leykoney!!

          3. Lol. Why did TN delete your comment about how many pieces you would like to see Ethiopia? I advice people to come to this site for that specific reasons, iway.

          4. Ugumish
            Who cares about your mamma Ethiopia under your archaic and brutal rule, we are only interested to se the removal of your antiquated coterie as soon as possible. The Ethiopians then can take care of their own country by themselves, Ethiopia minus Ugumisg with IQ63.

          5. Ata sahsah komal. You strat demarcating regions based on ethnic enclaves i.e somali and oromo alas..what unioin are you talking about? and or the election that was 100% the jock of white house press conference? do you live under a rock?…I get it you are behind the pc 24/7 thats your full time job….get some air dude!

        3. The Last Warlord (Reformed) · Edit

          Your dog of hell, you lie through your teeth man you have no shame, how many more people are you gonna kill? Haven’t you had enough? At least think of your agame people.

        4. Are you sure that you are not thinking fighting us, the shabianisian, tooth to nails through out the internet?? I mean here in TN ?? How many millions of dollars that you don’t have are you fools embezzling every rag tags website to report unfounded and make up sh!t stories about Eritrea?

          Ayeee endaa Agame qomalaT tribe. Hehehehe zan …zan abilnalken … wereggg gena!

        5. suppose your tplf is #1 fighter in the whole universe, now you believe military muscle will guarantee your future existance or the hearts of the 94% of the oppressed Ethiopian people whose hearts are tweeting to tell the end of your regime will finally win? Ask your second person within you, if you have! and you will get the answer!!!

    2. Bro
      The simple explanation is the weyane Ethiopia is a full fledged democracy the minority can claim with the blessing of its master of course, they got ALL the places in the weyane made ” parliament”. The 94 % are refuting that claim time and again this time by violent means.
      The MLLT zombies will be as anticipated in a denial and ridiculing mission until the 94% begin to knock at the Dedebit door steps.
      The MLLT juntas and its disciples sooner or later will be forced to realize the equation that the tiny barren kilil which is showing a rapid infrastructural transformation right now, with a filched assets from every where could´t withstand the resistance of the overwhelming majority, however, in the mind of MLLT they think it is possible to rule with brute 94% of the population and to get away with all the pillage and wreckage they inflicted to the Horn region.

  2. What comes to mind when you start hearing news like “Ethiopia sends an 18 person election observer to Kenya” or “PM Hailemariam urges concerned parties to respect will of Kenyans”. Insane right?

    Imagine this is coming straight from a regime that perfected itself with the art of ‘election rigging’ to a level it achieves a full house parliament without a single opposition seat. How is that possible this Ethiopia weighs in on the ongoing Kenya’s election? Again, insane!

    1. Not Insane at all if you understand this place… Ethiopia is the only African nation that ordered a U.S President i.e Obama to tell the world that her election was a legitimate one. A Zionist state. Invented 4 the Horn to colonise it. A Defacto U.S.A Military Base…

      1. First, fighting is being waged between heavly armed “Liyu Police” of Somali region which is supported by Woyane thugs, and lightly armed Oromian police who are siding with their local Oromos.

        Secondly, besides donkey and mice meat exporting, long ago Woyane has started externally using and exporting organs like hearts, livers, kidenys, eyes and others important parts of Ethiopian peoples. At the end, we are afraid that Woyane will export human flesh, since its motto is “revange, money or death”.

  3. USA should change its policy in regards to Ethiopia before things get out of hand, the Tigray ethnic groups population in Ethiopia is two million people so how can two million Tigrai rule 89 million non tigrai?

    Ethiopia ethnic groups
    Oromos 39 million
    Amhara 31 million
    Ethiopia Somalis 8 million
    Mixed Ethiopians 4 million
    Afar 2 million
    Tigray 2 million. Somali population

    I call the Americans if you want to defeat the al Qaeda terrorists then please work with the oromos and Amharas of Ethiopia, The American president of Somalia, Eritrea and Djibouti, American doesn’t need to work with these tigrai child and woman killers.

    Ps I call the Oromos and Somalis the infighting we are the same people, we have lived together and we intermarriage for decades, it’s tigrai invaders who wants to cause war between two brotherhood.

    Long live Oromos and Somalis.

    1. I knew I smelled parasites, Mr. Last warlord. Ayye ye abajefar kids aren’t that stupid, even recruited by shabo to divide, their wanna be leaders are gone or gave up. Let me give you a taste of one of my favorite Oromo singer, see if they look like your terrorizing people or mine?

      1. The Last Warlord (reformed) · Edit

        Sentko, nonsense mate no one has Recruited me, I’ve just became a better man, god has truly opened me eyes and I’m so glad I left the bad criminal woyana world and chosen the path of love and peace.

      2. You killed people, you killers God curse people you, you TPLF problem makers not peaceful people, Oromos and Somalis live peace Side by side for decades but they’re fighting for what? Because your killer god curse you.

  4. The Last warlord ( reformed) · Edit

    I have reformed and no more woyana, god has opened my eyes to the crimes of woyana.

    Tesfanews You had the right to block, last thing you wanted was a criminal Warlord roaming in your website.

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