Alert: Civil Unrest in the Somali Region

Location: Somali Region, Ethiopia

Event: Media continue to report sporadic on-going unrest in various parts of Ethiopia’s Somali region. While the unrest appears to be centered around Jijiga, there are reports of incidents of violence in Dire Dawa and other areas of the Somali region. US Embassy personnel are avoiding the region until the situation returns to normal and we encourage Americans to do the same. Those who find themselves in the area should shelter in place and pay attention to local media for the latest developments.

Actions to Take:

· Monitor local media for breaking events.

· Avoid large crowds and demonstrations

· Be aware of your surroundings.

· Keep a low profile.


U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


+251-111-306-911 or 011-130-6000 (after hours)

State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Ethiopia Country Information

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