Civil Unrest

09
May
16:41 UTC

Ethiopia Tactical: Security forces fire tear gas at protesters in Meskel Square, Addis Ababa during evening hours of May 9; avoid nonessential travel

Please be advised

  • Reports indicate that the security forces fired tear gas to disperse protesters who gathered to denounce the government’s decision to ban Iftar at the Meskel Square in Addis Ababa during the early evening hours of May 9.
  • Additional reports indicate that all roads leading to Meskel Square have been blocked.

Recommendations

Those residing or operating in Addis Ababa on May 9 are advised to avoid nonessential travel in the vicinity of Meskel Square over the coming hours due to the ongoing security operation and the heightened potential for further unrest.

COUNTRY RISK LEVEL Medium
AFFECTED AREA Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
INCIDENT RISK LEVEL High
STRENGTH OF SOURCE Credible

Please be advised

  • Reports indicate that the security forces fired tear gas to disperse protesters who gathered to denounce the government’s decision to ban Iftar at the Meskel Square in Addis Ababa during the early evening hours of May 9.
  • Additional reports indicate that all roads leading to Meskel Square have been blocked.

Recommendations

Those residing or operating in Addis Ababa on May 9 are advised to avoid nonessential travel in the vicinity of Meskel Square over the coming hours due to the ongoing security operation and the heightened potential for further unrest.

COUNTRY RISK LEVEL Medium
AFFECTED AREA Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
INCIDENT RISK LEVEL High
STRENGTH OF SOURCE Credible