The United States Embassy in Chad has withdrawn non-essential staff as rebel fighters near the capital as incumbent President Idriss Deby nears a third straight election win.
In a statement, US called their staff to leave the country through a commercial flight as fighting may erupt in the country.
“Due to their growing proximity to N’Djamena and the possibility for violence in the city, non-essential U.S. government employees have been ordered to leave Chad by commercial airline.” Said the US Embassy.
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The news comes a day after Britain also issued a similar message to their staff noting the emergence of the rebels in the capital. A convoy of the rebels was spotted in Mao.
It is due to the tension that Chad soldiers have already taken to the streets to prevent any war from erupting on Sunday as confirmed by Reuters. On Saturday the army confirmed destroying one of the convoys.
Idriss Deby is a close ally of the United States and France due to his strong inliking of the Islamist rebels seeking to take control of some of the important regions.
Provincial results coming in from the elections have already placed him in the lead in a country well known to be rich in oil. Deby has also worked hard to ensure security thanks to assistance from France in previous years.