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May 7, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – The Ethiopian government has started repatriating hundreds of its citizens from Libya who wish to return home. The evacuation is in response to last month’s killings of 30 Ethiopian Christian migrants in Libya by the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) group.

The Ethiopian government was conducting the repatriation operation in collaboration with Sudanese and Egyptian governments and its embassies in these countries.

On Wednesday a first group of 13 Ethiopian migrants arrived in the capital, Addis Ababa. The migrants were returning home via neighbouring Sudan.

Ethiopian foreign minister, Tedros Adhanom, said his country will continue with its efforts to facilitate and make sure the safe return of Ethiopians from Libya as part of the ongoing efforts to protect citizens from terror attacks.

Adhanom said some 300 citizens have so far registered at Khartoum and Cairo embassies and are expected to return home in the coming days.

Separately, the Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi Thursday received at Cairo airport 27 Ethiopians freed by the Egyptian security in Libya.

In a statement released Sisi said the Ethiopian had been abducted by the terrorist group and rescued by an Egyptian commandos force but no details were available about the circumstances of the operation.

The horn of Africa’s country is also evacuating hundreds of its nationals from crises-hit Yemen and from South Africa.

Last month, the terrorist group in Libya released on line a 29-minute long shocking video showing the beheading and shootings of some 30 Ethiopian Christian migrants.

Following the attacks hundreds and thousands of angered Ethiopians took to the streets in Addis Ababa in a rally organized by the government to denounce what they said was a barbaric act by ISIS and to show solidarity with the families of the victims.

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  • 8 May 2015 13:47, by Wolleyewu

    These people are in human and making money out of our brothers misery. They are cancer,cancer is growing while other parts of the body is debilitating like wise Tigrians are getting rich while other nation and nationalities are languishing in abject poverty. Ethiopians should riseup against these beasts before it is too late.

    • 8 May 2015 13:54, by Wolleyewu

      The human traffickers are all from Tigray because they know that nothing would happen to them from their government. Their families are looting from inside they are making thousands of dollar a day from our brothers wishing a better life in Europe leaving hellish Ethio behind because of maladministration of the minority apartheid regime in Eth.The Regime is root cause of our problem as a nation

      • 8 May 2015 13:59, by Wolleyewu

        TPLF regime has to go now not later before it is too late and they all must face justice and their unlawfully acquired wealth should be confiscated for the best interest of the nation.Our ultimate desire is nothing more and nothing less then building a new Ethiopia on the grave of TPLF & their supporters including military person ells who betrayed their mother land and committing ’treason’ against



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