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US: Ethiopia war may spill over into Kenya

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

The American government has warned of a possible spill-over of the raging civil war in Ethiopia’s Tigray region to neighbouring countries such as Kenya and South Sudan.

Acting US ambassador to Kenya Eric Kneedler said the embassy was on high alert and was ready to help Kenya deal with any possible eventuality.

“We understand that such war may spiral in the neighbouring countries and our joint anti-terrorism team, based in Kenya are doing all they can to ensure that security is beefed up,’’ he said.

Kneedler said the US government was working closely with the Kenyan security apparatus to enhance its capacity to handle any spillovers from the civil war in the Horn of Africa nation. This includes and not limited to security awareness for those living and working abroad by helping them identify risks and reduce their vulnerabilities to criminal and terrorist threats.

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