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NAIROBI, Kenya — President Biden signed an executive order on Friday threatening sweeping new sanctions that aim to stop the escalating war in northern Ethiopia and allow urgently needed humanitarian aid to flow into the region. The administration has not yet applied the sanctions, hoping to shift the course of the war without directly punishing officials from Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous country and an important strategic ally. With both sides pushing hard for a military victory, critics said the latest measures may be too little, or too late. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate now exposed to possible sanctions, reacted with indignation and defiance. Just 10 percent of required humanitarian aid reached the Tigray region in the past month as a result of Ethiopian government obstruction, according to two American officials who provided a background briefing to reporters.
Persons: Biden, Africa’s, Abiy Ahmed, Biden’s Organizations: Kenya — Locations: NAIROBI, Kenya, Ethiopia, U.S, Tigray
(CNN) President Joe Biden signed a new executive order Friday authorizing broad sanctions against those involved in perpetrating the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia as reports of atrocities continue to emerge from the Tigray region. Biden approved the executive order after the administration has "telegraphed for months that the parties need to change course," a second senior administration official said. Eritrean forces must withdraw from Ethiopia," Biden said. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle welcomed the new executive order. Robert Menendez - the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee - and Chris Coons - who was dispatched by the Biden administration toward the beginning of the crisis to meet with Abiy.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Antony Blinken, Blinken, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Samantha Power, Democratic Sens, Robert Menendez, Chris Coons, Sen, Jim Risch, Michael McCaul, McCaul, Robert Godec, you've Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Amhara Regional Government, African Union, Agency for International Development, USAID, United Nations General Assembly, Lawmakers, Democratic, Senate Foreign Relations, Abiy, House Foreign Affairs Committee, Biden, Biden Administration, State Locations: Ethiopia, Tigray, United States, Ethiopian, Africa, Eritrea, New York
From Libya to Nigeria, Ethiopia to Mali, Moscow has been building key strategic military alliances and an increasingly favorable public profile across Africa in recent years. Via the U.N., Russia has also provided aid in the form food and medical assistance alongside its growing commercial, economic and military support across the continent. Russia's bilateral push In the past two months alone, Russia has signed military cooperation agreements with Nigeria and Ethiopia, Africa's two most populous nations. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute estimates that Africa accounted for 18% of Russian arms exports between 2016 and 2020. This will focus on counterterrorism, special forces operations and humanitarian support, along with safeguarding U.S. commercial interests in the face of growing Chinese and Russian presence.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Wondimu, Muhammadu, DIMITAR DILKOFF, Abiy Ahmed, Donat Sorokin, GERD, Louw Nel, Nel, John Bolton, Biden, Antony Blinken, Muhammadu Buhari, LEAH MILLIS, Robert Besseling, Comfort, NKC's Nel, Emmanuel Macron, Idriss Deby, GEORGES GOBET Organizations: Anadolu Agency, Getty Images, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Central African, Kremlin, Wagner, UN, Reuters, Hunter, Aviation, Salon, Zhukovsky, Africa, Sirius, of Science, Art, Getty, Tigray Defence Force, Addis Ababa, CNBC, U.S, Africa Command, State Department, Cape Verdean Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Turkish, Tigray, Getty Images Russia, Africa, Libya, Nigeria, Mali, Moscow, Russia, Sochi, Stockholm, Central African Republic, Russian, MOSCOW, AFP, Getty Images SOCHI, RUSSIA, Afar, Amhara, Addis, U.S, Washington, Horn of Africa, Gulf, Guinea, Washington , DC, West, Cape, France, Sahel France, Burkina Faso, Niger, Paris, Chad, PAU, Sahel, French, Pau
In 2018, Kidanemariam was serving as Ethiopia's consul general in Los Angeles and said he helped organize Abiy's visit. He expected Abiy, who preached a political philosophy of inclusion, to chide the crowd, but he said nothing. Later, over lunch, when Kidanemariam asked why, he said Abiy told him: "There was nothing to correct." Abiy receives the Nobel Peace Prize during a ceremony in Oslo, Norway, in December 2019. "I am of the strongest opinion that the Nobel Prize Committee is responsible for what is happening in Ethiopia, at least partially.
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A conflict between the Ethiopian military and rebels in the Tigray region has been raging for 10 months. A report from The Telegraph said that Tigrayans are being systematically killed in an ethnic purge. The paper said Tigrayan men, women and children were being tortured and killed in makeshift "concentration camps." Amhara forces have since been going "door-to-door" to round up anyone who is ethnic Tigrayan, The Telegraph said, based on information from a dozen eyewitnesses. Reports have emerged of a man-made famine in the region, putting the lives of thousands of Tigrayans at risk.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, TPLF Organizations: Ethiopian, The Telegraph, Service, Telegraph, Google, United Nations Locations: Tigray, Ethiopia, Africa, Humera, Addis Ababa
Wad El Hilou, Sudan (CNN) The ghostly outlines of limbs emerge through the mist along the Setit River in eastern Sudan. A body is draped in plastic sheeting after being recovered from the river bank by Wad El Hilou, Sudan. Wad El Hilou is a natural pinch-point in the river's path -- and so, when the bodies arrived, they floated towards the banks. Ethnic profilingTigrayans still inside Humera told CNN that they live in constant fear of being detained or killed. A body recovered from the Setit River bank by Wad El Hilou, Sudan, is carried on plastic sheeting.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed's, Tigrayan, Tigrayans, We're, Gebretensae Gebrekristos, Gerri, Natay, Enda Yitbarek, Temesgen, Yonas, Humera, Alem, it's, Sudan who've Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian, Michael's, Mercury Locations: Sudan, Ethiopia, Humera, Ethiopia's Tigray, Tigray, Mekelle, Eritrea, St, Mary's, Amhara, People
U.S. says war in Ethiopia's north could affect trade benefits
  + stars: | 2021-08-26 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/StringerNAIROBI, Aug 26 (Reuters) - The ongoing war and humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia's north could affect the country's trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), the U.S. Trade Representative's Office said. The AGOA trade programme provides sub-Saharan African nations duty-free access to the United States on the condition they meet certain eligibility requirements, such as eliminating barriers to U.S. trade and investment and making progress towards political pluralism. U.S. Trade Representative Katharine Tai met virtually with Ethiopia's Chief Trade Negotiator Mamo Mihretu on Wednesday, USTR said in a statement. "(Tai) raised the ongoing violations of internationally recognised human rights amid the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis in northern Ethiopia, which could affect Ethiopia's future African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) eligibility if unaddressed," the statement read. The U.N. has said that war crimes may have been committed by all parties to the conflict.
Persons: Stringer, . Trade Representative Katharine Tai, Mamo Mihretu, USTR, Mamo, Dina Mufti, Abiy Ahmed, AGOA, Ayenat, Alex Richardson Organizations: Ethiopia's National Defense Force, Tigray Special Forces, REUTERS, U.S . Trade Representative's, . Trade Representative, Washington, Democratic, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Humera, Ethiopia, Stringer NAIROBI, Ethiopia's, U.S, United States, Addis Ababa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopian, Nairobi, Dawit
Troops in Eritrean uniforms are seen on top of a truck near the town of Adigrat, Ethiopia, March 14, 2021. Forces from Ethiopia's rebellious Tigray recaptured much of the territory in June, in a major setback for Ethiopia's government. Spokespeople for Eritrea's information ministry, Ethiopia's prime minister and Ethiopia's military did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Eritrean troops entered Tigray to fight alongside federal forces in a conflict marked by abuses including rape, according to investigations by Reuters, the U.N. and international human rights organizations. read moreThe Ethiopian government said in April that Eritrean troops had begun withdrawing.
Persons: Baz Ratner, State Anthony Blinken, meanwhile, Adi Goshu, Abiy Ahmed, Giulia Paravicini, George Obulutsa, Maggie Fick, Joe Bavier, Giles Elgood Organizations: REUTERS, European Union, Forces, Eritrean Defence Forces, State, Treasury Department, Eritrean, Reuters, Ethiopian, Thomson Locations: Adigrat, Ethiopia, United States, Eritrea, Ethiopia's Tigray, Tigray, Adi, Eritrea's, Asmara, Turkey, London, Nairobi
Sister Tsehaynesh Gebrehiwot attends to Aamanuel Merhawi, aged one year and eight months, who suffers from severe acute malnutrition, at the Wukro hospital, Tigray region, Ethiopia, July 11, 2021. REUTERS/Giulia Paravicini/File PhotoNAIROBI, Aug 20 (Reuters) - For the first time in nine months of war in Ethiopia's Tigray region, aid workers will this week run out of food to deliver to millions of people who are going hungry there, the head of the U.S. government's humanitarian agency said. War broke out in November between Ethiopian troops and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which controls the region. On Thursday, the U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an immediate ceasefire and unrestricted aid access in Tigray. Abiy's spokesperson told a news conference last week that 277 trucks of aid have entered Tigray, without specify the time period in which the trucks entered.
Persons: Tsehaynesh Gebrehiwot, Aamanuel Merhawi, Giulia Paravicini, Samantha Power, Antonio Guterres, Power, Spokespeople, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy's, Billene Seyoum, Maggie Fick, Ayenat, John Stonestreet Organizations: REUTERS, USAID, U.S . Agency for International Development, Ethiopian, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Ethiopia, NAIROBI, Ethiopia's Tigray, Mekelle
U.S. envoy to visit Ethiopia to try to halt fighting
  + stars: | 2021-08-13 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan, announcing the trip by envoy Jeffrey Feltman, urged Ethiopia's government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) to come to the negotiating table after nine months of conflict. "Months of war have brought immense suffering and division to a great nation that won’t be healed through more fighting," he tweeted late on Thursday. This week, the rebellious Tigrayan forces said they were in talks to forge a military alliance with insurgents from Ethiopia's most populous region, Oromiya, heaping pressure on the government in Addis Ababa. Also this week, the government urged citizens to join the fight against the resurgent Tigrayan forces. It said all capable Ethiopians should join the army, special forces and militias to show their patriotism.
Persons: Joe Biden, Jake Sullivan, Jeffrey Feltman, Ethiopia's, Abiy Ahmed's, Kumsa Diriba, Marroo, Tigrayan, Maggie Fick, Nick Macfie Organizations: House, United Nations, Oromo Liberation Army, OLA, Reuters, Thomson Locations: NAIROBI, Africa, Ethiopia, Tigray, Ethiopia's, Addis Ababa, Oromo, Afar, Amhara, Lalibela
Ethiopian authorities have launched reprisals against ethnic Tigrayans across the country, arresting hundreds and accusing members of the minority group of supporting rebels who have been locked in a bloody war with the government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Mr. Ahmed declared war on Tigray, a mountainous region that borders Sudan and Eritrea, in November, after his government said the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, or TPLF, had attacked an Ethiopian military base. The fighting followed months of rising tensions between the central government and the TPLF, which had dominated Ethiopia’s ruling party until Mr. Ahmed’s rise to power in 2018. In recent weeks, the government has arbitrarily arrested hundreds of ethnic Tigrayans outside the dissident northern region, keeping some in military detention camps, rights groups and former detainees say. The arrests of ethnic Tigrayans in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, and other parts of the country have accelerated since government troops suffered a stinging defeat against the TPLF in late June, according to Amnesty International, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission and other international and local rights groups.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Mr, Ahmed, Organizations: Ethiopian, Amnesty International, Ethiopian Human Rights Locations: Tigray, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia’s, Addis Ababa
Ethiopia's Tigray forces seek new military alliance
  + stars: | 2021-08-11 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Stringer/File PhotoNAIROBI, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Forces from Ethiopia's rebellious Tigray region said on Wednesday they were in talks to forge a military alliance with insurgents from Ethiopia's most populous region, Oromiya, heaping pressure on the central government in Addis Ababa. The move could signal an escalation in the country's nine-month old war and comes a day after the government urged citizens to join the fight against resurgent Tigrayan forces. read more"We are in talks with the Oromo Liberation Army," Debretsion Gebremichael, leader of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), told Reuters by satellite phone. read moreThe government declared a unilateral ceasefire in June, after Tigrayan forces recaptured the regional capital of Mekelle. Tigrayan forces have dismissed the ceasefire, saying the government should agree to their conditions for a truce.
Persons: Stringer, Gebremichael, Getachew, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy's, Billene Seyoum, Giulia Paravicini, Maggie Fick, Giles Elgood Organizations: Ethiopia's National Defense Force, Tigray Special Forces, REUTERS, Forces, Tigrayan, Oromo Liberation Army, Reuters, OLA, Ethiopian, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Humera, Ethiopia, NAIROBI, Ethiopia's, Addis Ababa, Afar, Amhara, Ethiopian, Oromo, Sudan, Mekelle, Olbia, Italy, Nairobi
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed urged “all capable Ethiopians” to join the army, special forces and regional militias to support the fight against rebel Tigrayan forces, a call for total mobilization in a civil war that is tearing Africa’s second most-populous nation apart. “Now is the right time for all capable Ethiopians who are of age to join the Defence Forces, Special Forces and militias to show your patriotism,” the statement said. “Every Ethiopian must work closely with the security forces.”There was no immediate response from the TPLF. The group has vowed to “drive out enemies” from the Tigray region and capture more surrounding territory to ensure its security. Regional militias from several states, including the Amhara and Afar regions that border Tigray, have already been fighting alongside federal troops against the TPLF.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, , Ahmed’s, Organizations: Ethiopian, Defence Forces, Special Forces, United Nations Locations: Tigray, , Amhara, Afar
Ethiopia urges citizens to join fight against Tigrayan forces
  + stars: | 2021-08-10 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
A burned tank stands near the town of Adwa, Tigray region, Ethiopia, March 18, 2021. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File PhotoNAIROBI, Aug 10 (Reuters) - The office of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Tuesday urged "all capable Ethiopians" to join the army, special forces and militias to support the fight against Tigrayan forces. The statement came roughly six weeks after the government declared a unilateral ceasefire in the northern region of Tigray. It was not immediately possible to contact the spokesperson for Tigrayan forces, or Abiy's representative, for comment. War broke out in November between federal troops and forces from the Tigray People's Liberation Front, which controls Tigray.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Abiy Ahmed, Ayenat Mersie, Kevin Liffey Organizations: REUTERS, Ethiopian, Tigrayan, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Adwa, Tigray, Ethiopia, NAIROBI, Amhara, Afar
Some residents fled the town, located in Ethiopia's Amhara region, as the Tigrayan fighters arrived, Reuters reported on Thursday. The United States has called on the fighters to "protect this cultural heritage," State Department spokesman Ned Price said Thursday. CNN was not able to independently verify the reports that Lalibela was captured by Tigrayan fighters. Since then, the fighting has spread, with TPLF fighters pushing from Tigray into the neighboring regions of Amhara and Afar. "At the same time, we renew our calls for the Amhara regional government to withdraw immediately its associated military forces from western Tigray, and for the Eritrean government to withdraw its military forces permanently from Ethiopia.
Persons: Ned Price, Lalibela, Saint Mercurius, Abiy Ahmed, Price, we've, Stephane Dujarric, there's, Dujarric Organizations: Reuters, United, Department, CNN, Tigrayan, Ethiopian, UNESCO, Amhara, UN Locations: Ethiopia's Amhara, United States, Saint, Lalibela, Tigray, Amhara, Eritrea, Mekelle, Afar, Ethiopia, Tigray's, Abala, Semera
Residents walk past Adi Harush Refugee camp in Mai Tsberi town in Tigray Region, Ethiopia, June 26, 2021. REUTERS/Tiksa NegeriADDIS ABABA, Aug 4 (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), said on Wednesday during a visit to Ethiopia that she had raised her concerns about "dehumanising rhetoric" with authorities, amid war in the country's northern Tigray region. Her visit to the country, and to neighbouring Sudan, this week follows warnings from U.S. President Joe Biden's administration of punitive measures against the Ethiopian government if aid is unable to reach the Tigray region. read more"Dehumanising rhetoric hardens tensions and can historically accompany ethnically-motivated atrocities," Power said, adding she had delivered that message in a meeting with the country's Minister of Peace. War broke out in November between federal troops and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), the political party that controls Tigray.
Persons: Adi Harush, Samantha Power, Joe Biden's, Power, Abiy Ahmed’s, Maggie Fick, Chris Reese, William Maclean Organizations: REUTERS, Tiksa, Tiksa Negeri ADDIS ABABA, U.S . Agency for International Development, USAID, Ethiopian, country's, of, Thomson Locations: Mai Tsberi, Tigray Region, Ethiopia, Tiksa Negeri ADDIS, Tigray, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's, Sudan
A general view of the town of Lalibela after the decline in tourism due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Lalibela, Ethiopia, May 2, 2021. REUTERS/Tiksa NegeriWASHINGTON, Aug 5 (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday called for combatants to respect the cultural heritage in Lalibela, whose famed rock-hewn churches are a United Nations World Heritage Site, after forces from Ethiopia's Tigray region took control of the town. read more"We've seen the reports that Tigrayan forces have taken Lalibela. We call on the TPLF to protect this cultural heritage," State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters. But the TPLF kept fighting and at the end of June retook Mekelle and most of Tigray after government soldiers withdrew.
Persons: Ned Price, Price, Abiy Ahmed’s, Daphne Psaledakis, Doyinsola Oladipo, Simon Lewis, Chris Reese, Angus MacSwan Organizations: REUTERS, Tiksa, United Nations, Ethiopian, Department, U.S . State Department, Mekelle, Thomson Locations: Lalibela, Ethiopia, Tiksa Negeri WASHINGTON, United States, Ethiopia's Tigray, Amhara, Ethiopia's, Tigray, Afar, Mekelle
French President Emmanuel Macron delivers his statement at the end of the 5th France-Oceania Summit, held via video-conference, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, July 19, 2021. Yoan Valat/Pool via REUTERSPARIS, July 31 (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron called for the opening of talks to end hostilities in Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray, the Elysee Palace said in a statement on Saturday. The statement came after calls Macron held earlier in the day with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Sudanese counterpart Abdalla Hamdok. Macron also said all restrictions should be lifted to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid in Tigray, where thousands of children could suffer life-threatening malnutrition, according to the United Nations children's agency. read moreReporting by Mathieu Rosemain Editing by Mark HeinrichOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Emmanuel Macron, Yoan, Macron, Abiy Ahmed, Abdalla, Mathieu Rosemain, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: Oceania, REUTERS, Ethiopian, United Nations, Thomson Locations: France, Paris, REUTERS PARIS, Ethiopia's, Tigray
An Ethiopian refugee fleeing from the ongoing fighting in Tigray region, holds her new born baby's foot at the Um-Rakoba camp, on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in the Al-Qadarif state, Sudan November 23, 2020. "UNICEF estimates that over 100,000 children in Tigray could suffer from life-threatening severe acute malnutrition in the next 12 months – a tenfold increase compared to the average annual caseload," she said. Spokespeople for the prime minister and a government task for Tigray did not immediately respond to requests for comment on UNICEF's estimates. Fighting began between the Ethiopian central government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) last November. Children, women and other civilians bear the scars of the conflict and trauma endured, Mercado said.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Marixie Mercado, Abiy Ahmed's, Billene Seyoum, Mercado, Tomson Phiri, Jens Laerke, Maggie Fick, Alison Williams, Nick Macfie Organizations: REUTERS, UNICEF, Children's Fund, Fighting, Ethiopian, Programme, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, GENEVA, Geneva, Mekelle, Semera, U.N, Nairobi
REUTERS/Jose Cabezas/File PhotoWASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters) - Washington is sending USAID Administrator Samantha Power to Ethiopia this week while warning of punitive measures if aid is unable to reach the Tigray region, where hundreds of thousands of people are believed to be experiencing famine. Power is due to meet Ethiopia's national security adviser and hopes to meet Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, a senior USAID official said. Washington hopes she will secure unhindered humanitarian access to Tigray. Ethiopian troops withdrew from most of Tigray in late June when the TPLF retook Mekelle. "All statements by Federal and Regional Government refer to the criminal enterprise that is TPLF and not the people of Tigray," a government-run Twitter account focused on Tigray tweeted this week.
Persons: Samantha Power, Jose Cabezas, Joe Biden's, Abiy Ahmed, Washington, Biden, Daphne Psaledakis, Mary Milliken, Howard Goller Organizations: United States Agency for International Development, Central American University, San Salvador , El, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, USAID, Ethiopian, Mekelle, Federal, Regional Government, Thomson Locations: El Salvador, San Salvador ,, San Salvador , El Salvador, Washington, Ethiopia, Tigray, Sudan, Mekelle, Addis Ababa
President of the Somali Region Mustafa Muhumed Omer attends a Reuters interview in Jijiga, Ethiopia January 14, 2020. Somali region President Mustafa Muhumed Omer said the road and rail had been blocked by local youth protesting against an attack on Saturday. "We are working to open the Djibouti rail and road today," Mustafa, the Somali region President, told Reuters in a text message. The most deadly violence, however, has emanated from the Tigray region. Getachew Reda, spokesperson for the TPLF, told Reuters on Wednesday its fighters were near Debark, about 102 km (63 miles) north of Gondar, one of Amhara's largest cities.
Persons: Somali Region Mustafa Muhumed Omer, Giulia Paravicini, Mustafa Muhumed Omer, Mustafa, Abiy Ahmed, Getachew Reda, Bahir Dar, Gizachew Muluneh, Maggie Fick, Dawit Endeshaw, William Maclean Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations Conference, Trade, Development, Reuters, Djibouti, Wednesday, Kobo, Abiy, Ethiopian, Thomson Locations: Somali Region, Jijiga, Ethiopia, NAIROBI, Addis Ababa, Djibouti, Somali, Afar, Horn of Africa, Tigray, Debark, Gondar, Amhara, Bahir, Olbia, Italy, Nairobi
A tank damaged during the fighting between Ethiopia's National Defense Force (ENDF) and Tigray Special Forces stands on the outskirts of Humera town in Ethiopia July 1, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer/File PhotoNAIROBI/ADDIS ABABA, July 26 (Reuters) - Residents of Ethiopia's Amhara region said on Monday some young men were responding to a weekend call to arms by their president, as Amhara's government denied that forces from neighbouring Tigray had advanced further into the region. On Sunday Agegnehu Teshager, president of the Amhara regional government, had called on "all young people" to take up arms against TPLF fighters, who say they are advancing deeper south into Amhara territory. "All those areas you mentioned are under the control of our army, Amhara special forces and the militia," said Gizachew. Western Tigray is currently controlled by Amhara forces, who say the land rightfully belongs to them.
Persons: Stringer, Teshager, Getachew Reda, Getachew, Adi Arkay, Gizachew Muluneh, Abiy Ahmed, we'll, Mai Tsebri, Dawit Endeshaw, Maggie Fick, Alex Richardson Organizations: Ethiopia's National Defense Force, Tigray Special Forces, REUTERS, Amhara, TPLF, Reuters, Ethiopian, Mekelle, Ethiopia's, Fano, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Humera, Ethiopia, NAIROBI, ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia's Amhara, Debark, Zarima, Amhara, Mekelle, Afar, Ethiopia's, Addis Ababa, Djibouti, Gondar, Chew Ber, Nairobi
ADDIS ABABA, July 22 (Reuters) - Attacks from Tigrayan forces in Ethiopia's Afar region have forced more than 54,000 people from their homes, an official said on Thursday, as the eight-month-old conflict appeared to be spreading beyond Tigray in the north. Tigrayan fighters seized control of three districts in Afar this week, according to Afar regional spokesperson Ahmed Koloyta. Ahmed quoted some of the displaced people as saying Tigrayan fighters had burned houses, looted properties and killed civilians. Getachew Reda, spokesman for the Tigrayan forces, did not immediately return calls seeking comment on the accusations. Since then, Ethiopia's other nine regions announced they were sending forces to support the military against Tigrayan fighters.
Persons: Ahmed Koloyta, Ahmed, Getachew Reda, Debretsion Gebremichael, Abiy Ahmed, Alexi Mohamed, Dawit Endeshaw, Giulia Paravicini, Maggie Fick, Mike Collett Organizations: Reuters, Tigrayan, Getachew, Sunday, United, Food, White, Thomson Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia's Afar, Tigray, Afar, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's, Djibouti, Amhara, Mekelle, Tigray's, United Nations, Olbia, Italy, Nairobi
A fourth region, Amhara, has already been locked in conflict with Tigray since the war erupted in November. Both Amhara and Tigray claim the fertile fields of western and southern Tigray. In the past week, Tigrayan forces have retaken much of the south, but the west is heavily militarised. "We have already deployed our special forces and they will join ENDF. It is the ENDF that is in charge where the special forces will be deployed," said Oromiya Region spokesperson Getachew Balcha.
Persons: Getachew Balcha, Abiy Ahmed, George Obulutsa, Alex Richardson Organizations: Southern Nations Nationalities, Peoples, Ethiopian National Defence Force, ENDF, Reuters, The Southern Nations Nationalities, Amhara Media Corporation, Thomson Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Tigray, Oromiya, Peoples ' Region, Amhara, Western Tigray, Peoples ', Debre Markos, Ethiopia, Mekelle
ADDIS ABABA, July 15 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's media regulator said it had suspended the news website The Addis Standard on Thursday and accused it of advancing the agenda of a terrorist group. The Addis Standard website - which has regularly criticised the government - was still visible in Ethiopia on Thursday, but its most recent stories were a day old. "The temporary suspension followed complaints and alarming trends in EMA’s (The Ethiopia Media Authority's) monitoring findings," the regulator said in an online statement. The Addis Standard's publisher, JAKENN Publishing, said on Twitter it was "deeply disturbed" by the regulator's decision to suspend its media licence. The Commission said federal police had told it that three of the journalists had since been released.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Addis, Omar Mohammed, George Obulutsa, Katharine Houreld, Andrew Heavens Organizations: Addis, Ethiopia Media, Media, JAKENN, Twitter, Reuters, Ethiopian Human Rights, Awlo Media, Ethio, YouTube, Thomson Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Tigray, WhatsApp, Nairobi
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