The United Nations has said 16 of its Ethiopian staff have been detained in the country’s capital, Addis Ababa, with six others having been released.
Speaking to reporters in New York on Tuesday, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said the world body was “actively working” with the Ethiopian government to secure the immediate release of those who were still in detention.
“There has been, as far as I know, no explanation gives to us on why these staff members are detained,” he added, noting that UN security officials have visited the detained staff, all Ethiopian nationals working for various UN agencies.
There was no immediate comment by the Ethiopian government, which has been battling forces from the northern Tigray region for a year.
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