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CNN's publication of these warnings from within Facebook comes seven months after a Facebook team initially shared an internal report entitled "Coordinated Social Harm." The report, distributed in March, said that armed groups in Ethiopia were using the platform to incite violence against ethnic minorities in the "context of civil war." Its two largest ethnic groups, the Oromo and Amhara, make up more than 60% of the population. "I've seen a lot of a lot of hate speech, that definitely does fuel ethnic violence in Ethiopia," Neguede said. A Facebook page with an INSA-affiliated administrator was also flagged in internal Facebook documents in March, but was not recommended for removal.
Persons: Frances Haugen's, Haugen, Africa's, Mark Zuckerberg, Abiy Ahmed, David Kaye, Ethiopia didn't, Kaye, PesaCheck, Amanuel Neguede, Neguede, Berhan, Hachalu Hundessa, Taye, Buldings, Hundessa's, TPLF, US Agency for International Development Samantha Power, Power, Alice Wairimu Nderitu, Abiy's, Abiy, Abiy Ahmed's Organizations: London, CNN, Facebook, US Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Congress, Wall, Ethiopian, United Nations, Amnesty International, UN, Intelligence, AFP, US Agency for International Development, Ethiopia's Information Network Security Agency Locations: Ethiopia, North America, Europe, Tigray, May, Amhara, Fano, Sudan, Egypt, United States, Myanmar, Somali, Addis Ababa, Um Rakuba, East Africa, Africa, stoke, Oromo, Nairobi
(CNN) The Ethiopian government's air force carried out two air strikes in the northern region of Tigray, government spokesperson Legese Tulu told CNN Sunday. One of the strikes hit a military command post and training center belonging to the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) -- the region's ruling party -- in the city of Mai Tsebri, according to Legese. A second strike targeted the town of Adwa where Legese alleged the TPLF were manufacturing military equipment and fake Ethiopian National Defense Forces uniforms. The strikes are part of Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed major offensive against the TPLF, which began last year. TPLF denied that the Ethiopian air force had hit military targets in Tigray on Sunday, and instead said the strikes targeted a hospital and a textile factory.
Persons: Legese, Mai Tsebri, Abiy Ahmed, TPLF, Read Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian National Defense Forces, Ethiopia's Locations: Tigray, Mai, Adwa
Members of Amhara special forces stand guard on the Ethiopia-Eritrean border near the town of Humera, Ethiopia July 1, 2021. Humanitarian sources and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) which controls the northern region said the air strike hit a university in the regional capital Mekelle. Humanitarian sources said a U.N. plane was forced to abort a scheduled landing in Mekelle due to the air strike. There are now more than 500,000 internally displaced people in the Amhara region, Atalel Abuhay the Director of Communications for the National Disaster Risk Management Commission told Reuters. But forces allied to the TPLF launched a counter-attack this year, recapturing Mekelle and nearly all of Tigray, and seizing swathes of Amhara.
Persons: Stringer, Legesse, Mekelle, Seid, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Maggie Fick, Ayenat, John Stonestreet, Peter Graff, Alex Richardson Organizations: REUTERS, Ethiopian, Reuters, CITY, Communications, Disaster Risk Management Commission, Dessie, Addis Ababa, Thomson Locations: Ethiopia, Eritrean, Humera, Mekelle, Amhara, Amhara ADDIS ABABA, Tigray, Dessie, panicking, Addis Ababa, Wuchale, Nairobi
That came after a morning air strike in Mekelle, the third this week. Tigrai Television said the attack targeted the centre of the city whilethe Addis Ababa government said it targeted buildings where Tigrayan forces were repairing armaments. Her house was destroyed by the air strike," the doctor said. 1/5 Captive Ethiopian army soldiers get their water ration in a prison in the outskirts of Mekelle, the capital of Tigray region, Ethiopia, July 7, 2021. A government official initially denied the accusation but state media later reported the air force had conducted a strike.
Persons: Legesse Tulu, Legesse, Mekelle, Debretsion Gebremichael, Gebremichael, Giulia Paravicini, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Will Davison, " Davison, George Sargent, Maggie Fick, Nick Macfie, Angus MacSwan, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: Agbe, Ethiopian, Mekelle, Tigrai Television, Reuters, Industrial Engineering PLC, Television, Hospital, Mesfin, Tigrai, REUTERS, Engineering, United Nations, Addis Ababa, Thomson Locations: Agbe Regional, Tigray, ADDIS ABABA, Agbe, Temben, Mekelle, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Africa, Amhara, Afar, London, Nairobi
(CNN) Three children were killed and one person was injured in Monday's airstrikes in Mekelle, the capital of Ethiopia's war-torn Tigray region, the United Nations said Tuesday. A spokesman for the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) accused Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Monday of targeting civilians in an attack on a busy market day. Ethiopia's federal government launched a military offensive to oust the TPLF last November and fighting has been ongoing since. The state-run Ethiopian Press Agency reported Monday that the Ethiopian Air Force "launched a successful offensive" against a TPLF communication network and facility in Mekelle. Airstrikes were "carried out with the utmost precision to prevent civilian casualties," the report said.
Persons: Jens Laerke, Laerke, Abiy Ahmed, Read Organizations: CNN, United Nations, UN Office, Humanitarian Affairs, Ethiopian, Ethiopian Press Agency, Ethiopian Air Force Locations: Mekelle, Tigray, Geneva
Oct 18 (Reuters) - Mekelle, the capital of northern Ethiopia's Tigray region, was hit by hit by air strikes on Monday, regionally controlled television reported. Tigrai Television, controlled by the region's Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF), reported that the air strikes had injured several civilians. An aid worker and a diplomat also told Reuters that there were air strikes in Mekelle. Billene Seyoum, a spokeswoman for Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Reporting by Addis Ababa Newsroom; Editing by Alison WilliamsOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Billene, Abiy Ahmed, Alison Williams Organizations: Tigrai Television, Reuters, Ethiopian, Addis Ababa, Thomson Locations: Ethiopia's Tigray, Mekelle
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. Tigrai TV, controlled by the northern region's Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF), said the attack on the city of Mekelle killed several civilians. Mekelle is an Ethiopian city," he said. A Mekelle resident told Reuters one of the strikes on Monday hit close to a market behind the city's Planet Hotel around noon (1000 GMT). TPLF spokesperson Getachew Reda tweeted: "#AbiyAhmed's 'Air Force' sent its bomber jet to attack civilian targets in& outside #Mekelle," referring to Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
Persons: Stringer, Legesse, Getachew Reda, Abiy Ahmed, Alison Williams, Andrew Heavens Organizations: Ethiopia's National Defense Force, Tigray Special Forces, REUTERS, Government, Reuters, Terrorists, Ethiopian, Air Force, Ethiopia's, Addis Ababa, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Humera, Ethiopia, NAIROBI, Mekelle, Ethiopian, Afar, Amhara
(CNN) The capital of Ethiopia's war-torn Tigray region was hit by at least two airstrikes on Monday, an eyewitness and a spokesman for forces fighting the country's central government told CNN. One resident of the city told Reuters one strike hit close to a market, behind a hotel. A spokesman for the Tigray People's Liberation Front accused Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of targeting civilians in an attack on a busy market day. Ethiopia's federal government launched a military offensive to oust the TPLF last November and fighting has been ongoing since. One of the targets of the airstrikes was the Planet Hotel where a "dozen or so humanitarian agencies used to have their employees," TPLF spokesman Getachew Reda claimed.
Persons: Mekelle, Abiy Ahmed, Getachew Reda Organizations: CNN, Reuters, Ethiopian Locations: Tigray, Haki
REUTERS/StringerNAIROBI, Oct 13 (Reuters) - An air and ground offensive by Ethiopian troops and their allies against rebellious forces from the northern Tigray region is intensifying, a spokesperson for the Tigrayan forces said on Wednesday, claiming "staggering" casualties. Getachew Reda of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) told Reuters by phone that the Ethiopian military and allies from the Amhara region were fighting the Tigrayan forces on several fronts, in both the Amhara and Afar regions which neighbour Tigray. A spokesperson for the Ethiopian military did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Tigrayan forces were initially beaten back, but recaptured most of the region in July and pushed into the neighbouring Amhara and Afar regions, displacing hundreds of thousands more people. Another humanitarian worker citing witnesses said Eritrean forces were fighting Tigrayans in Berhale, a town in the Afar region.
Persons: Stringer, Getachew, Abiy Ahmed, Yemane Gebremeskel, Maggie Fick, Katharine Houreld, Nick Macfie Organizations: Ethiopia's National Defense Force, Tigray Special Forces, REUTERS, Ethiopian, Reuters, Eritrean, U.S . State Department, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Humera, Ethiopia, Stringer NAIROBI, Amhara, Weldiya, Afar, of Africa, Eritrea, Western Tigray, Sudan, Berhale
Antonio Vitorino, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), attends a news conference at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, March 3, 2020. REUTERS/Denis BalibouseNAIROBI, Oct 12 (Reuters) - The United Nations' migration agency has recalled a staff member identified by two U.N. sources in Addis Ababa as the head of its mission to Ethiopia over audio recordings containing criticism of senior U.N. officials. Reuters heard the women's comments after the recordings were released online but could not independently verify the authenticity of the recordings. In a letter dated Oct. 11, the head of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said a staff member had been recalled to headquarters and put on administrative leave pending an investigation into the recordings. "The opinions attributed in the audio recordings to the staff member do not correspond to IOM's principles and values," IOM Director General Antonio Vitorino wrote in the letter, seen by Reuters on Tuesday.
Persons: Antonio Vitorino, Denis Balibouse, Vitorino, Maureen Achieng, Abiy Ahmed's, Billene Seyoum, Tedros Adhanom, Tedros, Maggie Fick, Giulia Paravicini, Katharine Houreld, Timothy Organizations: International Organization for Migration, United Nations, REUTERS, United, Reuters, International Organisation for Migration, Twitter, Ethiopian, Health Organization, Timothy Heritage, Thomson Locations: Geneva, Switzerland, Denis Balibouse NAIROBI, United Nations, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tigray
NAIROBI, Kenya — The conflict in northern Ethiopia has escalated sharply in recent days, as Ethiopian forces began a sweeping offensive in a bid to reverse recent gains by Tigrayan rebels, Western officials and Tigrayan leaders said. U.N. officials said the attack will deepen the humanitarian crisis in a region that is plunging into the world’s worst famine in a decade. Senior Western officials broadly confirmed Tigrayan accounts that the assault, which had been anticipated for weeks, started in the Amhara region, which borders Tigray to the south. A strict communications blackout imposed by the government means few details about the fighting can be independently confirmed. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who was sworn in for a second term last week, has declined to comment in recent days.
Persons: U.N, Abiy Ahmed Organizations: Ethiopian Locations: NAIROBI, Kenya, Ethiopia, Amhara, Tigray
REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File PhotoNAIROBI, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Two senior United Nations officials have been recalled from Ethiopia after audio recordings containing criticism of senior U.N. officials was released online, according to a letter and a U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) spokesperson. Reuters heard the women's comments after the recordings were released online but could not independently verify the authenticity of the recordings. In his letter, Vitorino did not name the person who had been recalled. Asked whether the person recalled to headquarters was Achieng, an IOM spokesperson said they could not confirm the name of any staff. Ethiopia last month decided to expel seven senior U.N. officials, accusing them of meddling in internal affairs.
Persons: Antonio Vitorino, Denis Balibouse, Vitorino, Maureen Achieng, Dennia Gayle, Gayle, Abiy Ahmed's, Billene Seyoum, Achieng, Tedros Adhanom, Tedros, Maggie Fick, Giulia Paravicini, Daphne Psaledakis, Katharine Houreld, Timothy Organizations: International Organization for Migration, United Nations, REUTERS, Population Fund, Reuters, International Organisation for Migration, Twitter, Ethiopian, Health Organization, Timothy Heritage, Thomson Locations: Geneva, Switzerland, NAIROBI, Ethiopia, Tigray, Addis Ababa, East Africa, New York, Washington
NAIROBI, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's national army launched a ground offensive against rebellious Tigrayan forces on Monday, a spokesperson for the region's ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front(TPLF), said. Getachew Reda told Reuters by phone that the army, alongside special forces of the northern Amhara region, had launched the offensive on Monday morning. There was no immediate comment from Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's spokesperson, from the Amhara regional government or from military spokespeople on the matter. Reporting by Katharine Houreld; Writing by George Obulutsa Editing by Gareth JonesOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Getachew Reda, Abiy Ahmed's, Katharine Houreld, George Obulutsa, Gareth Jones Organizations: Reuters, Ethiopian, Amhara, Thomson Locations: NAIROBI, Tigray, Amhara
REUTERS/StringerNAIROBI, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's national army launched a ground offensive against forces from the northern region of Tigray on Monday, the region's ruling Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) said. TPLF spokesperson Getachew Reda told Reuters by phone that the army, alongside allied forces from the northern Amhara region, had launched the offensive to push Tigrayan forces out of Amhara on Monday morning. "The government of Ethiopia will continue to counter the TPLF’s destruction, violence and killings in the Amhara region and elsewhere," she added, without elaborating. In June, Tigrayan forces took back control of most of Tigray, forcing the national military to withdraw. Getachew said ground fighting had begun on Monday.
Persons: Stringer, Getachew Reda, Billene Seyoum, Abiy Ahmed, Tigrayan, Getachew, George Obulutsa, Gareth Jones, William Maclean Organizations: Ethiopia's National Defense Force, Tigray Special Forces, REUTERS, Reuters, Ethiopian, Twitter, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Humera, Ethiopia, Stringer NAIROBI, Amhara, Western Tigray, Amhara region's Wegeltena, Wurgessa, Haro, Afar
Journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their fight to defend free expression in the Philippines and Russia. The Norwegian Nobel Committee said it recognized the pair for their "efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace." "Despite the killings and threats, editor-in-chief Muratov has refused to abandon the newspaper's independent policy," the Nobel Committee said in a statement. Still to come Monday is the Nobel Prize in economics. But the decisions of the secretive Nobel Committee do not always guarantee a life of international acclaim.
Persons: Maria Ressa, Dmitry Muratov, Ressa, Rodrigo Duterte, Muratov, Vladimir Putin's, Berit Reiss, Andersen, Anna Politkovskaja, German Carl von Ossietzky, Natalia Kolesnikova, Malala Yousafzai, Nelson Mandel, Martin Luther King Jr, Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Abiy Ahmed, Reiss, Ahmed Organizations: Novaya Gazeta, NBC, Rappler, Rights Watch, Novaja Gazeta, Getty, United Nations, Food Program, Ethiopian Locations: Philippines, Russia, Philippine, Norwegian, Moscow, German, AFP, Eritrea, Tigray
It is the first time this weapons trade between the former foes has been documented during the nearly year-long war in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region. A separate senior administration official told CNN that the White House was looking into the allegations detailed in its report. "That may require fines to be imposed, it may require individual sanctions against Ethiopian Airlines executives. The war between Ethiopia's military and forces loyal to the TPLF, which controls Tigray, broke out in November 2020. International criticisms have been growing over the role of the Ethiopian government and its allies in restricting critical humanitarian aid in Tigray.
Persons: Biden, Joe Biden, Tom Malinowski, Malinowski, Abiy Ahmed, Isaias Afwerki, Antonio Guterres, Guterres, Ethiopia's, Jen Psaki, Psaki Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian Airlines, Wednesday CNN, Chicago Convention, White, Ethiopian, National, International, Ethiopia Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines executives, Biden Administration, National Defense, UN, General, United Nations, Addis Ababa Locations: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Tigray, Ethiopia's, Addis, Asmara, Massawa, New Jersey
Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed attends a rally to celebrate his incumbency at the Meskel Square in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia October 4, 2021. REUTERS/Tiksa NegeriADDIS ABABA, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Wednesday nominated incumbent Ahmed Shide to return as finance minister in his new cabinet, signalling a determination to stay with a course of reforms that includes privatising creaking state enterprises. He nominated Abraham Belay as minister of defence. Berhanu Nega, head of the Ethiopian Citizens for Social Justice party (Ezema), was nominated as minister of education. Demeke Mekonnen, the powerful deputy prime minister and foreign minister, was asked to remain in his posts.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Ahmed Shide, Abraham Belay, Belay, Abiy, Berhanu Nega, Belete Mola, Demeke Mekonnen, Dawit, Katharine Houreld, Jon Boyle, Alex Richardson Organizations: Ethiopia’s, REUTERS, Tiksa, Ethiopian, Ethiopian Citizens, Social Justice, National Movement of Amhara, Thomson Locations: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tiksa Negeri ADDIS ABABA, Tigray
(CNN) Ethiopia's government has used the country's flagship commercial airline to shuttle weapons to and from neighboring Eritrea during the civil war in Ethiopia's Tigray region , a CNN investigation has found. Air waybill showing transportation of 'RIFFLE & DFS' -- in reference to rifles and dry foodstuffs per airline sources -- on an Ethiopian Airlines flight on November 12. Air waybill showing 'military refill' being transported on an Ethiopian Airlines flight on November 13. Ethiopian Airlines told CNN in its statement that no employees had been suspended or terminated due to their ethnic background. CNN has confirmed that these Emirates SkyCargo straps have been used on other Ethiopian Airlines flights.
Persons: refills, Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia's, Benno Baksteen, DEGAS, Abiy, Flightradar24, Dan Kaszeta, Emirates SkyCargo, AmSafe Bridport, Pablo Mendes de Leon, Mendes de Leon, Katherine Tai, Tai Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian Airlines, Star Alliance, National, International, Government, DFS, Ethiopian, Dutch, Group Aviation Safety, Eritrean, Boeing, Toyota, Ethiopian Airlines aircraft, Employees, Freighter, Royal United Services Institute, Bulgarian, Emirates, TSO, Convention, International Civil Aviation, Chicago Convention, The Hague, US, Emirates SkyCargo Locations: Eritrea, Ethiopia's Tigray, Addis, Asmara, Massawa, Tigray, United States, Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Eritrea's, Tigrayans, Axum, Dengelat, Bole, Belgium, Brussels, Shanghai, Flightradar24, London, Russia, Bulgaria, Bulgarian, Emirates, Bahir Dar, The, American, Ethiopian
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed arrives for the inauguration ceremony of the Meskel square, marking the last election rally he will hold in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, June 13, 2021. REUTERS/Tiksa NegeriADDIS ABABA, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's parliament confirmed incumbent Abiy Ahmed as prime minister for a five-year term on Monday, cementing his power domestically amid mounting international concern of his government's handling of the conflict in northern Ethiopia. Abiy's party won a landslide victory in June's election. Abiy was appointed prime minister by the then-governing coalition in 2018 and promised political and economic reforms. In June's vote, Abiy's Prosperity Party won 410 of the 436 parliamentary seats that were contested, out of a total 547 seats.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Sahle, Zewde, Abiy, Ezema, Dawit Endeshaw, Giulia Paravicini, Katharine Houreld, Alex Richardson Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, Tiksa, Addis Ababa, United Nations, Abiy's Prosperity Party, National Movement of, Thomson Locations: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tiksa Negeri ADDIS ABABA, June's, Tigray, United States
His party scored a landslide victory in June's election, cementing his power domestically despite international concern over his government's handling of the conflict. After parliament confirmed his appointment, between 30,000 and 40,000 people attended a public ceremony - unusual in Ethiopia - in the capital Addis Ababa. Abiy's speech offered little hint as to whether he would pursue an offensive to claw back territory taken by Tigrayan forces. Abiy also repeated warnings that Ethiopia would not accept foreign interference in its internal affairs. Conflict broke out in Tigray 11 months ago between federal troops and forces loyal to the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF), the political party that controls Tigray.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Nationshas, Dawit Endeshaw, Giulia Paravicini, Katharine Houreld, Alex Richardson, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: Ethiopian, United Nations, Tigrayan, Thomson Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Tigray, June's, Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, United, United States
(CNN) The United Nations has rebuffed Ethiopia's decision to expel seven senior UN officials as the country's war-torn northern Tigray region descends into famine, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Friday. "If the current trajectory continues, I fear for the future of many Ethiopian lives, and indeed for the stability of the country and the region. The UN denounced Ethiopia's decision to eject its officials from the country on Friday, and vowed to continue its humanitarian work. If the Ethiopian order goes ahead, it would mark one of the most significant expulsions of senior UN humanitarian officials from any country. Earlier this month, UNOCHA said there was a "de facto humanitarian aid blockade" into Tigray, where at least 400,000 people are facing famine conditions, according to the agency's latest figures.
Persons: Antonio Guterres, Guterres, UNOCHA, Martin Griffiths, Abiy, Griffiths, William Davison, Ethiopia's, Jens Laerke, Joe Biden, Jen Psaki, Psaki, We're, Michelle Bachelet, Bachelet, David Beasley Organizations: CNN, United Nations, UN, UN Security, Security, UN's, Fund, UNICEF, Humanitarian Affairs, Ethiopian, Reuters, International Crisis, Ethiopia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, White, Ethiopian Human Rights, UN Human Rights, Food Programme, WFP Locations: Tigray, Ethiopia, Mekele, Geneva, Tigrayan, Wukro, UN, Axum, Eritrea
NAIROBI, Kenya — Ethiopia said Thursday it was kicking out seven United Nations officials and accused them of “meddling in the internal affairs of the country,” as pressure grows on the government over its deadly blockade of its Tigray region. A foreign ministry statement said the officials must leave Ethiopia within 72 hours. They include five people with the U.N. humanitarian agency, one with the U.N. human rights office and the UNICEF representative in the country. The U.N. officials declared persona non grata by Ethiopia’s government include U.N. deputy humanitarian coordinator in the country Grant Leaity and UNICEF representative Adele Khodr. Ethiopia’s government has accused humanitarian workers of supporting the Tigray forces who have been fighting its soldiers and allied forces since November, which aid workers have denied.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Billene Seyoum, Martin Griffiths, , ” Griffiths, Ethiopia’s, Grant Leaity, Adele Khodr Organizations: United Nations, UNICEF, NBC, Ethiopian, Associated Press Locations: NAIROBI, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tigray
Ethiopians in three regions vote in delayed election
  + stars: | 2021-09-30 | by ( Ayenat Mersie | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
NAIROBI, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Ethiopians in three regions where elections had been delayed head to the polls on Thursday to vote for their representatives and one area will also vote on whether to form its own regional state. His party already won 410 of the 436 parliamentary seats that were contested in the June vote. read moreAbiy is under increasing international pressure over the war in the northern region of Tigray. Thursday's vote takes place in the Somali region, where registration irregularities delayed voting; Harar, where registration issues and a legal dispute caused delays; and in the southwestern Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region (SNNPR), where ballot and security issues delayed polls. It is unclear when the delayed elections for the remaining seats, some of which are in Tigray, will take place.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Ayenat Mersie, Katharine Houreld, Grant McCool Organizations: United, Nationalities, Thomson Locations: NAIROBI, Tigray, United Nations, Somali, Harar, Southern Nations, Peoples ', SNNPR, Ethiopia
The crisis in Ethiopia is a "stain on our conscience," the United Nations humanitarian chief said, as children and others starve to death in the Tigray region under what the U.N. has called a de facto government blockade of food, medical supplies and fuel. People who fled the war gather around in a temporarily built camp in Debark, Ethiopia, earlier this month. The war in Ethiopia began last November on the brink of harvest in Tigray, and the U.N. has said at least half of the coming harvest will fail. Download the NBC News app for breaking news and politicsMeanwhile just 10 percent of needed humanitarian supplies have been reaching Tigray in recent weeks, Griffiths said. Abiy's government also has alarmed U.N. officials and others by accusing humanitarian workers of supporting the Tigray fighters.
Persons: Martin Griffiths, Amanuel Sileshi, " Griffiths, Griffiths, , Billene Seyoum, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, U.N, haven't Organizations: United Nations, Associated Press, Getty, Ethiopian, NBC Locations: Ethiopia, Tigray, Debark, AFP, Somalia, United States
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
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