Home | News    Tuesday 7 April 2015

Attack on Ethiopian embassy in Yemen not deliberate


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

April 6, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – The Ethiopian embassy in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, was shelled last Friday during fighting between government forces and Houthi militias.

The Ethiopian government however said it didn’t believe the attack was deliberate, saying the embassy appeared to have been caught in the crossfire.

No diplomatic consular staff were injured, with the incident causing some minor damage to the embassy buildings.

Following the recent upsurge in violence, many countries have shut down their missions in Sana’a and evacuated their diplomatic personnel amid growing security fears.

However, the embassy, which is currently tied up evacuating hundreds of Ethiopian nationals, said it would continue to operate in the capital.

According to the ministry of foreign affairs, more than 2,000 Ethiopians have registered to be evacuated from Yemen, with many due to arrive in Ethiopia in the coming days.

Officials said the worsening security situation has impeded the rescue operations.

The first group of 30 Ethiopian evacuees have arrived at the Djibouti port with many more waiting for safe return.

An estimated 50,000 Ethiopians live in Yemen.

The evacuation comes after the Ethiopian government established a national committee last week to organise the operation.


Meanwhile, Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn has voiced his government’s support for military actions by the Arab alliance forces against Yemen’s Houthi rebels who deposed president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Last month, Saudi Arabia led a coalition in a military operation against the Shi’ite rebels who took control of the Yemeni capital six months ago.

Saudi says the operation is aimed at defending the Yemeni people and reinstating the legitimate government.

Desalegn said Ethiopia opposes unconstitutional attempts at regime change.

“Ethiopia supports efforts to bring about political stability in Yemen and foster peace,” he told the state-run Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation (EBC).

Desalegn, who is also chair of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), has stressed that restoring Yemen’s security and stability was equally critical for development in East Africa’s Red Sea region.

A total of 10 mainly Sunni Arab states are taking part in the military operation, which is carrying out air strikes in a bid to stop the radical rebel group from taking full control of Yemen.


Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

Sudan’s removal from terror list taints U.S. values 2018-11-10 08:34:32 November, 9th, 2018 The Honorable Michael Richard Pompeo Secretary of State U.S. Department of State 2201 C St NW, Washington DC 20520 USA RESPONSE BY SUDAN LIBERATION MOVEMENT (SLM/A-AW) TO (...)

R-ARCISS: A Peace that divides the signatories and non-signatories 2018-11-10 07:58:28 By Tito Awen, Juba-South Sudan I keep wondering if peace can divide or unite the partners. I am not so young nor unmindful not to have known what happened after signing of the Comprehensive (...)

U.S. Move Ignores Sudan’s Abuses Against its Own People 2018-11-09 06:56:11 U.S. Considers Lifting Sudan’s ‘Terror State’ Designation By Jehanne Henry With all eyes on mid-term elections in the United States, almost no one noticed that on the same day the US State (...)


Latest Press Releases

Progress observed at end of second month of R-ARCSS implementation 2018-10-22 06:44:02 Press Release 21 October 2018 South Sudanese government released 24 detainees in the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement said the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) (...)

4th Annual Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum Announced for 25th October 2018 2018-10-15 12:38:14 PRESS RELEASE OCTOBER 14, 2018 Africa’s leading entrepreneurship-focused philanthropic organisation, the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), has announced October 25, 2018, as the date for its (...)

Unity State community in Kenya supports Khartoum peace agreement 2018-08-17 08:33:21 PRESS STATMENT 14th Aug, 2018 Re: We shall Rally behind Khartoum Peace Agreement The Unity State Community Association in Kenya was established in 2010 to organize and mobilize the people of (...)


Copyright © 2003-2018 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.