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US Had Warned Its Citizens Before Crash Of Ethiopian Airlines’ Plane That Claimed 157 Lives

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The US Department of State: Consular Affairs through the Us Embassy in Ethiopia had warned US citizens from travelling in or out of Bole International Airport today, March 10.

US cited security concerns around Meskel Square following planned protests on the material day.

However, it seems there could be more than meets the eye as to why the embassy warned its citizens not to travel in/out of the airport where the Boeing 737 took off from and lost contact just six minutes after departure.

“The U.S. Embassy is aware of calls for a protest to be held on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at Meskel Square.  It is unknown whether the protest has been or will be approved by Ethiopian authorities.  Protests have already occurred in many parts of the Oromia region since March 6, and additional protests may materialize.

“U.S. Embassy personnel are advised to avoid Meskel Square and limit movement around Addis Ababa on Sunday, March 10.   U.S. Government travelers have been advised not to arrive or depart Bole International Airport on Sunday, March 10, and U.S. Embassy personnel are also temporarily prohibited from traveling to Oromia,” said the US government.

Today, the plane #ET302 is said to have dropped from the radar six minutes after departure from Addis Ababa and crashed with 157 on board.

Read: Ethiopian Airline Headed For Nairobi Crashes

Everyone on board Ethiopian Airlines jet died in crash, with victims reported to be from 33 nationalities.

Several prominent personalities have send their condolences including the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, AU envoy Raila Odinga and Kenya Airways CEO Sebastian Mikosz.

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Francis Muli

Written by Francis Muli

Senior reporter at Kahawa Tungu, Muli has a passion for human interest stories. He believes in unearthing societal rots that have been hidden from the public eye. He has also carved himself a niche in writing business stories. He has worked for various organisations including Kenya Television Service, Business Today among others. Follow him on Twitter @FmuliKE.

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