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Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam is seen as it undergoes construction work on the river Nile in Guba Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz Region, Ethiopia, September 26, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File PhotoADDIS ABABA, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Ethiopia has completed the third phase of filling the reservoir for its huge dam on the Blue Nile river, the government said on Friday, a process that continues to irk the country's downstream neighbours Egypt and Sudan. Addis Ababa says the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), a $4 billion hydropower project, is crucial to powering its economic development, but Egypt and Sudan consider it a serious threat to their vital water supplies. Abiy held a ceremony officially turning on the dam's second turbine on Thursday, six months after the first came online. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterReporting by Giulia Paravicini Editing by Hereward Holland and Frances KerryOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Addis Ababa, GERD, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Giulia Paravicini, Hereward Holland, Frances Kerry Organizations: REUTERS, Tiksa, Reuters.com, Ethiopia, Twitter, Thomson Locations: Guba Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz Region, Ethiopia, ADDIS ABABA, Egypt, Sudan, Addis
(CNN) Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and rebel group Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) are blaming each other's military forces after an unconfirmed number of civilians were killed Monday in the country's Oromia region. This is the second attack against civilians in the Oromia region in under a month. "The Shene group [another name for the OLA], fleeing from security forces, is threatening civilians in the western part of [Wollega]. In the Oromia region, civilians in [Kellem Wollega] were massacred. We mourn the loss of our citizens," Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed tweeted Monday.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Read Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian, Oromo Liberation Army, OLA, Ethiopian Human Rights Locations: Oromia, Hawa, Oromia's
Ethnic Killings in Ethiopia Add to Crisis
  + stars: | 2022-07-06 | by ( Abdi Latif Dahir | ) www.nytimes.com   time to read: 1 min
NAIROBI, Kenya — Crises are multiplying across Ethiopia: hunger from the worst drought in four decades, skirmishes with neighboring Sudan and a brutal 20-month-long civil war in the northern region of Tigray. Now, ethnic violence is escalating in the Oromia region, where hundreds are said to have been killed in massacres in recent weeks — stoking yet another crisis in Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most-populous nation. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Monday accused a militant group, the Oromo Liberation Army, of carrying out a massacre in the region — the second in the last two weeks. But the group denied it, instead accusing militias allied with the government — and the facts are unclear.
Persons: Africa’s, Abiy Ahmed Organizations: Oromo Liberation Army Locations: NAIROBI, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Tigray, Oromia, Oromo
(CNN) At least 200 civilians are believed to have been killed in Ethiopia's Oromia region by rebel group the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) on Saturday, according to reports, a rights group and local officials. Most of the victims are from the Amhara ethnic group, a police officer said. The EHRC told CNN Monday that the assault has left "scores of people injured, villages destroyed, and entire communities traumatized." The OLA -- which last year aligned with Tigrayan rebel forces against Ethiopia's federal government in the country's protracted conflict -- has denied all the allegations. The rebel group has been designated as a terror organization by the Ethiopian government, and it is frequently accused of attacking civilians and targeting ethnic Amharas.
Persons: Odaa Tarbii, Abiy Ahmed, Read Organizations: CNN, Oromo Liberation Army, OLA, Ethiopian Human Rights, Ethiopia's, Ethiopian Locations: Ethiopia's Oromia, Amhara, Gimbi, Ethiopia's, Tigray
Over 200 Feared Dead in Ethiopia Massacre
  + stars: | 2022-06-19 | by ( Abdi Latif Dahir | ) www.nytimes.com   time to read: 1 min
KIGALI, Rwanda — An Ethiopian rebel group massacred more than 200 members of the Amhara ethnic group on Sunday, according to officials and news reports, the latest atrocity amid a civil war that threatens to tear apart Africa’s second-most-populous nation. Witnesses and officials told The Associated Press that at least 230 people were killed when members of the Oromo Liberation Army attacked Tole, a village in Oromia, Ethiopia’s largest region. The Oromo Liberation Army, a rebel group known as the O.L.A. that is designated as a terror organization by the Ethiopian government, denied carrying out the killings and said they were committed by a militia aligned with the regional government supporting Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
Persons: Tole, Abiy Ahmed Organizations: Ethiopian, Associated Press, Oromo Liberation Army Locations: KIGALI, Rwanda, Amhara, Oromo, Oromia, Ethiopia’s
Nairobi (CNN) The Ethiopian government has formed a committee to negotiate with forces from the Tigray region, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said in a televised speech to parliament on Tuesday. The committee has been "studying the preconditions and how the negotiations will go," he said. The committee will be led by his Deputy Prime Minister, Demeke Mekonnen, and is expected to submit a report outlining the details to Abiy within 10 to 15 days. "We are committed to peace be it with TPLF (Tigrayan People's Liberation Front) or any other entity who seeks peace," he said. On Tuesday night, Debretsion Gebremichael, president of TPLF, said his group was "prepared to negotiate for peace consistent with fundamental principles for human rights, democracy, and accountability," in an open letter posted to Twitter.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Demeke Mekonnen, Debretsion Gebremichael, TPLF, Read Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian, Twitter Locations: Nairobi, Tigray
Journalists, general, militiamen arrested in Ethiopia's Amhara
  + stars: | 2022-05-20 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +4 min
Brigadier General Tefera Mamo commanded the Amhara region's forces until February when he was removed without explanation. Amhara forces backed Abiy's federal troops against rebellious forces in northern Tigray when conflict erupted there in 2020. Fano had been helping federal and Amhara soldiers in the Tigray war, and in his TV interview, Tefera had said the movement should not be sidelined. Nine members of the National Movement of Amhara (NAMA), an opposition party, were also arrested in two towns on May 18, said the Amhara Association of America. "Those who took them were wearing a uniform of Amhara special forces, Amhara police and anti-riot forces.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Tefera Mamo, Abiy Ahmed's, General Tefera Mamo, Tefera, Menen Haile, Tefera's, Menen, Daniel Bekele, Motta, Tafere Damete, Fano, Eshetu Getinet, NAMA, Katharine Houreld, Andrew Cawthorne, Nick Macfie Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, Reuters, Ethiopian Human Rights, National Movement of, Amhara Association of America, Addis, Thomson Locations: Jimma, Ethiopia, Tigray, Amhara ADDIS ABABA, Amhara, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's, Fano, Bahir Dar
Ethiopian government spokesman Legesse Tulu said government officials had received multiple reports of forced recruitment. It accelerated in January and intensified with mass arrests last month, added six Tigray residents, who all said they had friends or family members detained in an aggressive push to make people enlist. Tigrayan forces, who threatened to march to the capital Addis Ababa in November, have largely withdrawn to their own region. However, the accounts of forced recruitment suggest the TPLF may be preparing for a possible resurgence in combat. Another resident, who also requested anonymity for fear of retribution, said enthusiasm to join Tigrayan forces had waned after they pushed into neighbouring Amhara and Afar regions but were beaten back in bloody battles.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Kindeya, Legesse Tulu, Tigrayan, Aleyu, jailing, Debretsion Gebremichael, Legesse, Mekelle, Giulia Paravicini, Katharine Houreld, Andrew Cawthorne, Daniel Flynn Organizations: REUTERS, Elders, Reuters.com, Reuters, Birr, Ethiopian, Amnesty, Human Rights Watch, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Afar, Ethiopia, ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Ukraine, Endabaguna, Dubti, Chifre, Mekelle, Addis Ababa, Amhara, Shire, Wukro, Adwa, Nairobi
REUTERS/Tiksa NegeriADDIS ABABA, May 2 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's state-appointed rights commission said on Monday it was investigating a video showing a group of fighters in Ethiopian army fatigues abusing and shooting a boy they accused of being from the embattled Tigray region. Badges on the chests of several fighters read "Ethiopian Army". Neither Ethiopia government spokesperson Legesse Tulu, military spokesman Colonel Getnet Adane responded to requests for comment on the video. Reuters was not able to verify the time and location where the video was filmed or the actions it showed. The film of the flaming man trying to escape and being pushed back by uniformed security forces was posted on social media.
Persons: Daniel Bekele, Legesse, Getnet Adane, Abiy Ahmed, Hereward Holland, Frank Jack Daniel Our Organizations: Ethiopian National Defence Force, REUTERS, Tiksa, Tiksa Negeri ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Ethiopian Human Rights, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Kasagita town, Afar, Ethiopia, Tiksa Negeri ADDIS, Abiy, Nairobi
Ethiopia denies Tigrayan forces pulled out of Afar region
  + stars: | 2022-04-28 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
Picture taken February 25, 2022.REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File PhotoNAIROBI, April 28 (Reuters) - The Ethiopian government said on Thursday that rebellious Tigrayan forces are still in the neighbouring region of Afar, despite a spokesman for the Tigrayan forces announcing their withdrawal days earlier. Government spokesperson Legesse Tulu told state media that the news that Tigrayan forces had left Afar were "big lies." The Tigrayan forces said they were withdrawing so humanitarian convoys could enter. Tigrayan forces have been fighting the central government since November 2020, when conflict erupted between the two sides. Tigrayan forces agreed to respect the ceasefire on the condition that sufficient aid was delivered to their region "within reasonable time".
Persons: Legesse, Ahmed Harif, Reda, Abiy Ahmed, Giulia Paravicini, William Maclean Organizations: Ethiopian National Defence Force, REUTERS, Tiksa, Ethiopian, Government, Reuters, United Nations, Food, Nations, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Kasagita town, Afar, Ethiopia, NAIROBI
Fighting in northern Ethiopia, which began in November 2020 in the Tigray region and spilled over into Afar and the Amhara region last year, has eased since the end of March. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterBut discarded explosives have maimed or killed scores of children in Afar even after open combat near Kasagita abated in December, three regional health officials told Reuters. The health officials did not provide an exact total of injuries by unexploded ordnance in Afar. The first victim of unexploded ordnance in Kasagita was 2-year-old Saed Noore, who was killed on Feb. 16 while playing outside his house, three residents said. In the following five days, four other children between the ages of 4 and 10 were brought to Abdollah's clinic with injuries from unexploded ordnance, he said.
Persons: Eysa Mohammed, Eysa, Tigrayan, Tamer Ibrahim, Abdollah Dooran, Mark Hiznay, Lia Tadesse, Mohammed Yusuf, Getachew, Abiy, Gizachew Muluneh, Noore, Abdollah, Dawud Ali, Dubti, Giulia Paravicini, Dawit Endeshaw, Katharine Houreld, Aaron Ross, Frank Jack Daniel Our Organizations: Ethiopian National Defence Forces, REUTERS, Hospital, Reuters, Afar ., Humanitarian Affairs, Residents, Rights Watch, Ethiopian, hospital's, Referral, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Dubti town, Afar, Ethiopia, KASAGITA, Ethiopia's, Kasagita, Amhara, Afar's, New York, Mekelle, Djibouti, Addis Ababa, Dubti
(CNN) Tigrayan forces are fully withdrawing from Ethiopia's Afar region, a spokesperson for the Tigrayan People's Liberation Forces (TPLF) told CNN on Monday, saying the pullout should allow humanitarian aid to reach the area. The conflict in northern Ethiopia broke out in Tigray between the TPLF and the forces of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed 's central government in November 2020, and spilled over into neighboring regions. The spokesperson, Getachew Reda, said that the Ethiopian government and regional authorities were using the TPLF's presence in Afar as an excuse to block humanitarian relief there, and other neighboring regions, an accusation they deny. "Now that excuse has gone, we can expect humanitarian needs to be accessed," Reda said. Regional police commissioner Ahmed Harif said Tigrayan forces had withdrawn from the town of Abala in Afar, but were still in three of the region's districts, Reuters reported.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Getachew Reda, Reda, Ahmed Harif, Read Organizations: CNN, Liberation Forces, Ethiopian, Regional, Reuters Locations: Ethiopia's Afar, Ethiopia, Tigray, Afar, Abala
(CNN) Trucks carrying food aid have entered Tigray in northern Ethiopia for the first time since mid-December, according to a tweet from the United Nations' World Food Program (WFP) on Friday. A convoy carrying more than 500 metric tons of food and nutrition supplies is expected to reach the regional capital Mekelle soon for "communities on edge of starvation," the tweet read. "20 WFP trucks have made it to our line of control& on their way to Mekelle," Getachew Reda, spokesperson for the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), said in a tweet Friday. In November 2020, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered a military offensive in the northern Tigray region, promising that the conflict would be resolved quickly. Within a year, the fighting had left thousands dead, displaced more than 2 million people from their homes, fueled famine and gave rise to a wave of atrocities.
Persons: Reda, Abiy Ahmed, Read Organizations: CNN, Trucks, United Nations, Food Program, Ethiopian Locations: Tigray, Ethiopia, Mekelle
Eritrean refugee children walk outside of the Adi Harush Refugee camp in Mai Tsberi town in Tigray Region, Ethiopia, June 26, 2021. The government in Addis Ababa declared the cessation of hostilities on Thursday, saying it was to allow aid to flow into Tigray. The conflict, which later engulfed the neighbouring Amhara and Afar regions, has killed thousands of civilians and displaced millions across northern Ethiopia and into neighbouring Sudan. Tigray and Amhara regions were relatively calm during the week of March 15, but armed clashes were reported in parts of Afar region, OCHA said. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterReporting by Addis Ababa Newsroom Writing by George Obulutsa Editing by Frances KerryOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Abiy, OCHA, Addis Ababa's, David Satterfield, George Obulutsa, Frances Kerry Organizations: Adi, REUTERS, Tiksa, The United Nations, United Nations Office, Humanitarian Affairs, Ethiopian, U.S, Addis Ababa, Thomson Locations: Mai Tsberi, Tigray Region, Ethiopia, ADDIS ABABA, Addis Ababa, Tigray, Amhara, Afar, Sudan, United States, of Africa
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Reuters) Rebellious Tigrayan forces in Ethiopia have said they will respect a ceasefire proposed by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's government as long as sufficient aid is delivered to their war-scarred northern region "within reasonable time." The government in Addis Ababa declared the cessation of hostilities on Thursday, saying it was to allow aid to flow into Tigray. "The government of Tigray will do everything it can do to make sure this cessation of hostilities is a success," the regional Tigrayan government said in a statement late on Thursday. War broke out between Tigray's rulers -- the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) -- and the central government led by Abiy, in November 2020. The conflict , which later engulfed neighboring regions, has killed thousands of civilians and displaced millions across northern Ethiopia and into neighboring Sudan.
Persons: Abiy, Read Locations: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tigray, Sudan
REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File PhotoADDIS ABABA, March 24 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's government on Thursday declared an immediate, unilateral truce in its conflict with rebellious Tigrayan forces to allow aid into the war-ravaged northern province. Tigrayan leaders have blamed central and regional authorities for blocking aid into Tigray. The central government has said Tigrayan fighters have blocked the aid because they have invaded Afar, a neighbouring region along the only land route currently open into Tigray. Afar regional spokesperson Ahmed Koloyta was not immediately available for comment. Gizachew Muluneh, Amhara regional government spokesperson, said the regional government would comment later.
Persons: David Satterfield, Abiy Ahmed, Legesse, OCHA, Ahmed Koloyta, Gizachew Muluneh, Dawit Endeshaw, Katharine Houreld, Alison Williams, Nick Macfie Organizations: Ethiopian, Ethiopia's National Defense Forces, REUTERS, Tiksa, U.S ., Nations, Reuters, The United, Thomson Locations: Amhara, Tigray, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ADDIS ABABA, of Africa, The United Nations, Afar, Hereward Holland
Daniel Bekele, former political prisoner and Africa director at New York-based Human Rights Watch, now heading the government's human rights commission, speaks during a Reuters interview in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia November 15, 2019. REUTERS/Giulia ParaviciniADDIS ABABA, March 18 (Reuters) - Ethiopian authorities have detained several senior officials from Tigray, including members of the government's last administration in the conflict-ravaged region, the head of the state-appointed human rights commission said on Friday. Daniel Bekele, Chief Commissioner of the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, did not name the officials and declined to comment on the reasons for the arrests. The military took control of most of Tigray within three weeks and the government appointed an interim administration, which many of the arrested officials served in. The lawyer and the source said 12 Tigrayan officials, an activist and another man were arrested in a series of raids on March 7 and 8.
Persons: Daniel Bekele, Giulia Paravicini, Gedion Timothewos, Jeylan Abdi, Ahmed Koloyta, Abiy, Abera, Andrew Heavens Organizations: Rights Watch, REUTERS, Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, Reuters, Afar ., Ethiopian, Prosperity Party, Aid, United Nations, Police, Thomson Locations: Africa, New York, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Giulia Paravicini ADDIS ABABA, Tigray, Tigray's, Afar
Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed waits for the arrival of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen before their meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia December 7, 2019. When Abiy took office in 2018, he pledged to overhaul sectors like telecoms and financial services. Measures to open up the telecoms sector are underway, with a consortium comprising Kenya's Safaricom (SCOM.NR), South Africa's Vodacom, Britain's Vodafone and Japan's Sumitomo building a network after obtaining an operating licence last year. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterThe fact that Ethiopia has closed its doors to foreign banks has benefited the sector until now, Abiy told lawmakers. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterReporting by Addis Ababa Newsroom; Writing by George Obulutsa; Editing by Jan HarveyOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Ursula von der Leyen, Abiy, George Obulutsa, Jan Harvey Organizations: Ethiopia's, REUTERS, Tiksa, South Africa's Vodacom, Britain's Vodafone, Sumitomo, Addis Ababa, Thomson Locations: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ADDIS ABABA, South
Water flows through Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam as it undergoes construction work on the river Nile in Guba Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz Region, Ethiopia September 26, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa NegeriADDIS ABABA, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Ethiopia began producing electricity on Sunday from its Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), a multi-billion-dollar hydropower plant on the River Nile that neighbours Sudan and Egypt have worried will cause water shortages downstream. The government has so far invested more than 100 billion Ethiopian birr ($1.98 billion) in the project, state-affiliated FANA broadcaster reported. It is located at a place called Guba in the western Benishangul-Gumuz region. ($1 = 50.6000 birr)Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterWriting by Duncan Miriri Editing by Frances KerryOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: GERD, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Duncan Miriri, Frances Kerry Organizations: REUTERS, Tiksa, Tiksa Negeri ADDIS ABABA, World Bank, birr, Thomson Locations: Ethiopia's, Guba Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz Region, Ethiopia, Tiksa Negeri ADDIS, Sudan, Egypt, Africa, FANA, Gumuz, birr
"CBP issued a civil penalty to Ethiopian Airlines for the security breach and were briefed on measures the airline is undertaking to enhance the airline's aircraft security plan." Despite working for five years at Ethiopian Airlines, he had never boarded an international flight. Meanwhile, attempts to leave Ethiopia by air by legal means have become increasingly difficult for Tigrayans, according to Ethiopian Airlines employees CNN spoke with. One former employee told CNN there were four checkpoints at the airport where passengers had their passports checked before departure. Ethiopian Airlines has not responded to CNN's request for comment regarding the stowaways' journeys or the allegations of discrimination against Tigrayans.
Persons: Yohannes, Gebremeskel, stow, Abiy Ahmed, Billene Seyoum Woldeyes, I'm, Billene Seyoum, Pieter, Jan De Block, they'd Organizations: CNN, Airbus, Ethiopian Airlines, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's, Ministers, Emergency, SOE, State, US Customs, Border Protection, Dulles International, US Department of Homeland Security, CBP, Boeing, Ethiopian Airlines crew, Airline, Tigrayans, UN, Bole, Ethiopian Locations: Belgium, Tigray, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Addis, Brussels, Europe, Ethiopia's Afar, Washington, DC, Lagos, Nigeria, Dublin, Ireland, Washington , DC, Tigrayans, United States, Sudan, Um Rakuba, Addis Ababa's Bole, Dulles, FlightRadar24, Eritrea
Ethiopia's cabinet approves lifting of state of emergency
  + stars: | 2022-01-26 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed attends his last campaign event ahead of Ethiopia's parliamentary and regional elections scheduled for June 21, in Jimma, Ethiopia, June 16, 2021. REUTERS/Tiksa NegeriADDIS ABABA, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's cabinet on Wednesday approved the lifting of a six-month state of emergency ahead of its expiration in light of changing security conditions in the country, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's office said in a statement. Ethiopia declared the state of emergency in November after forces from the northern region of Tigray said they had gained territory and were considering marching on the capital Addis Ababa. The government said last month the army was clearing the Tigrayan forces from the northern Amhara and Afar regions, dismissing Tigrayan statements that their forces were retreating voluntarily to create an "opening for peace". Over the weekend, the military said it was planning to enter the Tigray regional capital of Mekelle and "eliminate" the rebellious forces.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Jan, Abiy, Dawit Endeshaw, Maggie Fick, Alison Williams Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, Tiksa, Tiksa Negeri ADDIS ABABA, Thomson Locations: Jimma, Ethiopia, Tiksa Negeri ADDIS, Tigray, Addis Ababa, Amhara, Afar, Mekelle
ADDIS ABABA, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's military is planning to enter the Tigray regional capital of Mekelle and "eliminate" rebellious forces, a top military official said late on Friday amid diplomatic efforts to end conflict in the country's north. "Tigray is part of Ethiopia and no force will stop us from entering. The TPLF's spokesman, Getachew Reda, could not be reached for a comment on the military official's remarks. TPLF forces control most of Tigray but are surrounded by hostile forces from neighbouring regions of Afar and Amhara which are allied with the federal military. In recent months there have been multiple diplomatic and political efforts to end it, including pressure from the United States.
Persons: ADDIS ABABA, Jan, General Abebaw Tadesse, Getachew Reda, Legesse, Abiy Ahmed's, Billene Seyoum, Abiy, General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, Elias Biryabarema, James Macharia, Ros Russell Organizations: Ethiopian Defence Forces, EDF, shouldn't, Thomson Locations: ADDIS, Tigray, Mekelle, Africa, Addis Ababa, Fana, Ethiopia, Afar, Amhara, United States, Ethiopia's, Sudan, Nairobi
ADDIS ABABA, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's military is planning to enter the Tigray regional capital of Mekelle and "eliminate" rebellious forces, a top military official said late on Friday amid diplomatic efforts to end conflict in the country's north. The TPLF's spokesperson, Getachew Reda, could not be reached for a comment on the military official's remarks. "The claims by TPLF that our air force is targeting civilians is a lie," he said on Ethiopian Broadcast Corporation television. TPLF spokesperson Getachew could not be reached to comment on this. TPLF forces control most of Tigray but are surrounded by hostile forces from neighbouring regions of Afar and Amhara which are allied with the federal military.
Persons: ADDIS ABABA, Jan, Abebaw Tadesse, Getachew Reda, Getachew, Legesse, Abiy Ahmed's, Billene Seyoum, Yilma Merdasa, TPLF, Joe Biden, António Guterres, Abiy, James Macharia Chege, Elias Biryabarema, Ros Russell, Frances Kerry Organizations: Ethiopian Defence Forces, EDF, shouldn't, Ethiopian Broadcast Corporation, United Nations, Thomson Locations: ADDIS, Tigray, Mekelle, Africa, Addis Ababa, Fana, Ethiopia, U.S, Afar, Amhara, United States, Nairobi
Ethiopian Government Repels Rebels, Pledges Peace Talks
  + stars: | 2022-01-12 | by ( Nicholas Bariyo | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
In a sharp reversal of fortunes over just a few weeks, Ethiopian government forces have repelled rebel fighters who had appeared poised to seize the country’s capital, Addis Ababa, and threaten the government led by Ethiopia’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister. Troops under Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed have forced Tigray People’s Liberation Front fighters back into their mountainous homeland in the country’s north, capturing several towns where rebels had holed up after their drive toward the capital faltered, according to government and rebel fighters.
Persons: Ethiopia’s, Abiy Ahmed Organizations: Ethiopian, Troops, Liberation Front Locations: Addis Ababa, Tigray
NAIROBI, Kenya — On the same day that President Biden spoke with his Ethiopian counterpart, Abiy Ahmed, about a possible window for peace in the long-running war in Tigray, at least 17 people, including women and children, were killed in an airstrike, aid workers said. The strike on Monday came days after dozens more were killed after a drone opened fire on a refugee camp in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray and highlighted the increasingly deadly role of armed drones, some supplied by American allies, in a conflict that has badly destabilized Africa’s second most populous country. Video from the aftermath of the strike on Friday, provided by aid workers, showed the charred bodies of women and children laid out on blue plastic sheeting bearing the United Nations logo. On Monday the U.N. secretary general, António Guterres, said he was “deeply concerned” about the attack, which occurred hours after the Ethiopian government issued a call for “national reconciliation.” At least 50 people had been killed, he said. Prime Minister Abiy stoked hopes for a cease-fire on Friday with the release of prominent political prisoners, including a founding member of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, or T.P.L.F., which Mr. Abiy’s government has been fighting since November 2020.
Persons: Biden, Abiy Ahmed, destabilized, António Guterres, , , Abiy stoked Organizations: Ethiopian, Nations Locations: NAIROBI, Kenya, Tigray, Ethiopia’s
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