US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conference with Mongolian Foreign Minister Lundeg Purevsuren following a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, June 5, 2016. REUTERS/ Saul Loeb/Pool
ASMARA- 1 November 2017: The US Embassy in Eritrea advised U.S. citizens to avoid the downtown area where protests appear to be more prevalent, after receiving reports of gunfire at several locations in Asmara due to protests.
In a statement by the US Embassy there on Wednesday, it noted streets in the downtown area may be closed, and police continue to maintain a significant presence.
"Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.", the statement added.
Information Minister Yemane Ghebremeskel tweeted a school in Asmara organised a small demonstration and it was dispersed without causalities.
The United Nations (UN) accused Eritrea before of crimes against humanity, while the Eritrean government denied the reports.
Recalling that Eritrea fired Ethiopian troops from its lands in 1991 after a three-decade war, as it announced its independence in 1993.