The Ethiopian government on Friday said Ethiopian airspace is “safe and secured” despite recent “baseless” warnings of possible weapons fire amid expanding conflict.
“The warning issued and released by media outlets is baseless and quite contradictory to the reality,” the Ethiopian Government Communications Service’s statement quoted Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority as saying.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reportedly issued an alert on Wednesday stating that planes functioning at a busy airport in Ethiopia’s capital may be directly or indirectly exposed to ground weapons fire and/or surface-to-air fire, amid expanding conflict in the northern part of the East African country.
Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, however, denounced such claims, stating that “any flight in Ethiopian Airspace, including Addis Ababa International Airport, is safe and secured.”
“We strongly assure users of our airspace and airports that we are not compromising their safety and security as we are taking every measure to ensure safe and secured flight operation as before,” the authority said.
It further emphasized compliance with the international standards of safety and security measures.
The conflict that erupted a year ago on Nov. 4 in Ethiopia’s northernmost Tigray region between forces loyal to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF), has over the past months spread across neighboring Amhara and Afar regions. Enditem