[dehai-news] (EUE) US Embassy in Ethiopia issues security alert

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From: Biniam Haile \(SWE\) (eritrea.lave@comhem.se)
Date: Tue Mar 31 2009 - 09:59:18 EST

Warden Message

March 19, 2009
Security Alert - Dire Dawa, Harar, Jijiga and the Somali Region
The Embassy reminds American citizens to avoid travel to the cities of
Dire Dawa, Harar, and Jijiga, including the areas surrounding these
cities, and to the Somali Region of Ethiopia. American citizens who do
travel to or reside in these areas are advised to avoid public
gatherings and public places, including hotels, and should avoid using
public transportation and transportation hubs. The Embassy reminds
Americans that there is still a heightened state of alert for these
areas, as was noted in the warden message and security alert of June 6,
2008. U.S. Embassy employees are prohibited from travelling to these
areas except for essential travel, which is reviewed and approved on a
case-by-case basis only.
American citizens are reminded to review their personal safety and
security posture and to remain vigilant especially at public events and
venues. Beware of unattended baggage or packages left in any location,
including in minibuses and taxis. American citizens are strongly urged
to review all the Department of State's cautions about travel in
Ethiopia, contained in the Country Specific Information for Ethiopia on
the Department's website at:
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1113.html. The
Embassy's recent warden messages are available at:
For the latest security information, American citizens living and
traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's Bureau of
Consular Affairs internet website at http://travel.state.gov/, where the
current Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts, and Travel Warnings can be
found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by
calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or, for callers
outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll-line at 1-202-501-4444.
These numbers are available from 8 AM to 8 PM Eastern Time, Monday
through Friday (except U.S. Federal Holidays.)
The U.S. Embassy is located at Entoto Avenue, P.O. Box 1014, in Addis
Ababa; telephone: 251-11-124-2424; in the event of an emergency
involving American citizens after-hours, call: 251-11-124-2400; consular
fax: 251-11-124-2435; web site: http://ethiopia.usembassy.gov/.


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