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EU suspends Ethiopian budget support over Tigray crisis
  + stars: | 2021-01-15 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
(Reuters) - The European Union has suspended budget support for Ethiopia worth 88 million euros ($107 million) until humanitarian agencies are granted access to people in need of aid in the northern Tigray region. “We are ready to help, but unless there is access for humanitarian aid operators, the EU cannot disburse the planned budget support to the Ethiopian government,” Borrell said. Conflict erupted in Tigray on Nov. 4 between Ethiopian federal forces and the party ruling the northern region. Reuters reported in December that the EU was delaying budget support to Ethiopia over the Tigray crisis, according to internal documents. Sudan’s foreign ministry said this week that an Ethiopian military aircraft had crossed the border in a “dangerous and unjustified escalation”.
Persons: Josep Borrell, Abiy Ahmed, ” Borrell, Borrell, , Yemane Meskel, Sudan’s Organizations: Reuters, European Union, Ethiopian, United Nations, The United Nations, EU, UNHCR Locations: Ethiopia, Tigray, , Addis Ababa, Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea
FILE PHOTO: Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni arrives for the opening of the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and the Government of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 9, 2020. REUTERS/Tiksa NegeriKAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni took an early lead in the presidential election race, according to preliminary results released on Friday morning by the electoral commission. With 13.6% of votes counted, Museveni had won 1,536,205 votes, or 65.0%, while main opposition candidate Bobi Wine had 647,146 (27.4%), the commission said. Uganda’s normally bustling capital Kampala was quiet on Friday, a public holiday after Thursday’s poll, with shops mostly closed. “We are not using local internet to transmit our results, we are using our own system,” he said, without giving details of that system.
Persons: Yoweri Museveni, Museveni, Bobi Wine, Simon Byabakama, Organizations: Government, African Union, REUTERS, Reuters, Commission Locations: State, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tiksa Negeri KAMPALA, East, Kampala
KAMPALA (Reuters) - Long-time leader Yoweri Museveni took an early lead in Uganda’s presidential election according to preliminary results on Friday, though his main rival said there had been widespread fraud and his supporters had the right to protest. Wine, a singer-turned-lawmaker who has galvanized young Ugandans with calls for political change, told a news conference he had video proof of voting fraud. “We are putting every legal, every constitutional and every non-violent option on the table,” Wine told Reuters. Both the African Union and East African Community sent teams. “We are not using local internet to transmit our results, we are using our own system,” he said, without giving details.
Persons: Yoweri Museveni, Museveni, Bobi Wine, , Wine, , Simon Byabakama, Robert Kyagulanyi, Kyagulanyi, Byabakama, Ugandans Organizations: Government, African Union, REUTERS, Tiksa, Reuters, The, European Union, East African Community, Electoral, NTV Uganda Locations: KAMPALA, State, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Kampala, The United States, East
Uganda's President Museveni has early election lead, rival alleges fraud
  + stars: | 2021-01-15 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
KAMPALA (Reuters) - President Yoweri Museveni took an early lead in Uganda’s presidential election, according to preliminary results released on Friday morning by the electoral commission, as his main rival said he had proof that the poll had been marred by fraud. FILE PHOTO: Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni arrives for the opening of the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and the Government of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 9, 2020. He had said in a tweet early in the day that he was confident of victory despite “widespread fraud and violence”. Uganda’s normally bustling capital Kampala was quiet on Friday, a public holiday after Thursday’s poll, with shops mostly closed. “We are not using local internet to transmit our results, we are using our own system,” he said, without giving details of that system.
Persons: Yoweri Museveni, Museveni, Bobi Wine, , Simon Byabakama Organizations: Government, African Union, REUTERS, Tiksa, Reuters, Commission Locations: KAMPALA, State, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, East, Kampala
U.S. senators call for release of journalists in Ethiopia
  + stars: | 2021-01-13 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three leading Democratic U.S. senators have written to Ethiopia’s prime minister to express concern about the erosion of press freedoms in the country and to call for the release of journalists detained there. They said this trend was in stark contrast to the beginning of his premiership in 2018 when his government had freed scores of detained journalists. “We urge you to return to that path by immediately releasing all journalists in detention and taking concrete steps to protect press freedom,” the senators said. “These draconian tactics are a relic of Ethiopia’s undemocratic past, when internet shutdowns and employing anti-terror laws to silence journalists were commonplace,” the senators said. Only one of the 13 detained journalists was charged, for social media posts about COVID-19 that were denounced by the health ministry as false, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists in New York and Reporters Without Borders in Paris.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Chris Murphy, Patrick Leahy, Ben Cardin, , , Kumerra Gemechu, Ahmed, Yayesew Shimelis, Tadele Madhin Organizations: WASHINGTON, Democratic U.S, Ethiopia's, REUTERS, Tiksa, Ethiopian, Media, Reuters, Protect Journalists, Borders Locations: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tigray, Negeri, New York, Paris
FILE PHOTO: Ethiopia's former foreign minister, Seyoum Mesfin, addresses the final mediation report on South Sudan in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, April 2, 2016. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File PhotoNAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopia said on Wednesday its military had killed three members of the Tigray region’s former ruling party, including former Ethiopian Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin. The military said last week it had captured Sebhat Nega, a founding member of the TPLF. At the weekend, it said it had killed 15 members of the TPLF and captured eight others, according to state-run TV. Seyoum was Ethiopia’s foreign minister from 1991 to 2010.
Persons: Seyoum, Seyoum Mesfin, Abiy Ahmed’s, TPLF, Sebhat Nega Organizations: REUTERS, Tiksa, Ethiopian Foreign, Twitter, Reuters, United Nations Locations: South Sudan, Ethiopia's, Addis Ababa, NAIROBI, Ethiopia, Tigray
Ethiopia warns Sudan it is running out of patience over border dispute
  + stars: | 2021-01-12 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopia warned Sudan on Tuesday it was running out of patience with its neighbour’s continued military build-up in a disputed border area despite attempts to diffuse tensions with diplomacy. We ask of Ethiopia to stop attacking Sudanese territory and Sudanese farmers,” he told Reuters. Ethiopia says Sudan took advantage of its forces being distracted by the Tigray conflict to occupy Ethiopian land and loot properties. The border tensions come at a time when Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt are also trying to resolve a three-way row over Ethiopia’s Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan said on Sunday that they reached a new impasse in the dispute.
Persons: , Dina Mufti, , Feisal Mohamed Saleh, Ethiopia’s Dina Organizations: Sudanese, Ethiopian, , Reuters, United Nations, Ethiopia’s Locations: NAIROBI, Ethiopia, Sudan, Ethiopian, Addis Ababa, Tigray, Egypt
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon announced a tightening of its lockdown on Monday, introducing a 24-hour curfew from Thursday as COVID-19 infections overwhelm its medical system. Lebanon last week ordered a three-week lockdown until Feb. 2 that included a nighttime curfew from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. “We have seen dreadful scenes of citizens waiting in front of hospitals for a chair or a bed,” he said. Anticipation of stricter measures on Monday had driven many Lebanese to wait in long queues in front of supermarkets and empty shelves. Slideshow ( 4 images )Lebanon registered 3,743 new infections on Sunday, bringingits total to 219,296 cases and 1,606 deaths since Feb. 21.
Persons: Mohamed Azakir, Michel Aoun, , , Hassan Diab Organizations: American University of Beirut's, REUTERS, Supreme Defense, Travellers, Caretaker Locations: BEIRUT, Lebanon, Cairo, Addis Ababa, Baghdad, Istanbul, Adana
KAMPALA (Reuters) - Ugandans vote on Thursday in a presidential election pitting long-time leader Yoweri Museveni against 10 candidates including opposition frontrunner Bobi Wine, a singer-turned-lawmaker whose star power has rattled the ruling party. When Museveni seized power in 1986 after a five-year guerrilla war, he was welcomed by Ugandans worn down by the murderous regimes of Milton Obote and Idi Amin. In campaigns Museveni, trumpets his achievements in energy and transport, such as building hydropower dams, roads and driving industrial expansion. He has always subjected himself to fresh elections every after five years and Ugandans say it’s you we want,” said Rogers Mulindwa, spokesman for the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party. “The Museveni regime is in control of the institutions of the state and will use them to ensure the regime stays in power.”
Persons: Yoweri Museveni, Bobi, crackdowns, Museveni, Ugandans, Milton Obote, Idi Amin, , David Kafero, , ” Kamoga, “ Museveni, Rogers Mulindwa, David Ngendo Tshimba, Robert Kyagulanyi, Wine, Godber Tumushabe Organizations: Government, African Union, REUTERS, Tiksa, Military, Museveni, Schools, Democratic, Resistance Movement, NRM, Uganda Martyrs University, , Great Lakes Institute, Strategic Studies Locations: KAMPALA, State, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, COVID, Kampala, East, Uganda, Western, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, African, Somalia, Africa,
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s military said on Sunday it had killed 15 members of the Tigray region’s former ruling party and captured eight others, according to state-run TV. The latest announcement about those killed and captured comes after the military said on Friday that it had captured Sebhat Nega, a founding member of the TPLF. The captured former TPLF president, Abay, was president of the region from 2010 to 2018, replaced by the group’s current leader, Debretsion Gebremichael. The whereabouts of Debretsion, other members of the party’s central committee and many high-ranking former military officers remains unknown. Air strikes and battles since early November in Tigray are believed to have killed thousands of people.
Persons: Abay Weldu, Abiy Ahmed’s, TPLF, Sebhat Nega, Debretsion, Abay Organizations: Ethiopia’s National Defence Force, Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation, Reuters, United Nations Locations: NAIROBI, Tigray, Addis Ababa
Algerian president returns to Germany to be treated for COVID-19 complications
  + stars: | 2021-01-10 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune arrives for the opening of the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and the Government of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 9, 2020. REUTERS/Tiksa NegeriALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune flew back to Germany on Sunday for treatment in hospital of complications in his foot resulting from a coronavirus infection, the presidency said. Tebboune, 75, had returned home two weeks ago from Germany after two months of treatment for COVID-19. The treatment of the complications “was not medically urgent” and had been due to take place during Tebboune’s last stay in Germany, the presidency said in a statement. At the time, Tebboune decided to postpone the treatment because of some obligations that prompted him to return home on Dec. 29, it said.
Persons: Abdelmadjid Tebboune, Tebboune, Tebboune’s Organizations: Government, African Union, REUTERS, Tiksa Negeri Locations: State, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tiksa, Tiksa Negeri ALGIERS, Germany
Ethiopian general says Eritrean troops entered Tigray: video clip
  + stars: | 2021-01-07 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
NAIROBI (Reuters) - A senior Ethiopian general said in a video clip posted on social media this week that Eritrean troops had entered the country uninvited while his soldiers were battling a rebellious force in the northern region of Tigray. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo/File PhotoThe video, whose authenticity Reuters could not independently verify, shows Major General Belay Seyoum addressing a meeting in the Tigrayan capital Mekelle in late December. Both nations have denied any involvement by Eritrean troops inside Tigray, but the U.S. State Department said last month it believed reports of their presence were credible. In another video posted on social media this week, Ataklti Haileselassie, the new government-appointed mayor of Mekelle, appears to discuss Eritrean troops entering Tigray. He said General Belay had already addressed that question.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Belay, , , Abiy Ahmed’s, Yemane, ” Belay, Ataklti Haileselassie, ” Ataklti, Mulu Nega, Abiy Organizations: Ethiopian, Eritrean, Ethiopia's, REUTERS, Tiksa, , U.S . State Department, Reuters, African Locations: NAIROBI, Tigray, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Mekelle, Eritrea, , African Union, Sudan
NAIROBI(Reuters) - Ethiopia’s state-appointed human rights commission said on Friday that security forces killed at least 76 people and wounded nearly 200 during violent unrest in June and July that followed the killing of a popular singer. The “widespread and systematic attack” on civilians by attackers constituted crimes against humanity, the commission said. Ethnic violence has surged in many parts of Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most populous nation, since Abiy took office and lifted the lid on long-repressed tensions between more than 80 ethnic groups. The summer violence began amid protests triggered by the killing of Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, a popular singer from the Oromo ethnic group, the country’s largest. The rights commission the proportionality of the force employed in some parts of the response by security forces to the unrest was “highly questionable”.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy’s, Africa’s, Abiy, Haacaaluu, Organizations: REUTERS Locations: NAIROBI, Tigray, Al, Sudan, Ethiopia, Addis Ababa
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Reuters cameraman Kumerra Gemechu has been held in solitary confinement for nearly a week without charge or being given any evidence of wrongdoing, his lawyer said. FILE PHOTO: A photograph from the family album shows Reuters cameraman Kumerra Gemechu in this picture released on December 27, 2020. Kumerra’s family said he was being held in a cold cell and was sleeping on a mattress on the floor. However, they said they were being allowed to visit Kumerra, as is his lawyer, and have brought him extra clothing, food and medication. Reuters has been unable to determine whether Kumerra’s arrest was connected to his work.
Persons: Kumerra Gemechu, Melkamu Ogo, Kumerra, Kumerra’s, Stephen J, Adler, , Melkamu, Abiy Ahmed, , Arnaud Froger, Hawi Desalegn Organizations: Reuters, Handout, REUTERS, Ethiopian, Police, Tigray . Media, Protect Journalists Locations: NAIROBI, Addis Ababa, Kumerra, Ethiopia, Tigray, York, Paris, Africa
Slideshow ( 3 images )ROME (Reuters) - An Ethiopian migrant who became a symbol of integration in Italy, her adopted home, has been killed on her farm where she raised goats for her cheese business, police said on Wednesday. A Ghanaian employee on her farm in the northern Italian region of Trentino has admitted to killing Agitu Ideo Gudeta, 42, with a hammer and raping her, Italian news agency Ansa reported. Gudeta escaped from Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, in 2010 after her participation in protests against ‘land-grabbing’ angered local authorities. Starting off with 15 goats, she had 180 by 2018 when she became a well-known figure. “I created my space and made myself known, there was no resistance to me,” she told Reuters in a story that year.
Persons: Agitu Ideo, Ansa, Gudeta, La Capra Felice, , , Organizations: Ethiopian, Reuters, League Locations: ROME, Italy, Italian, Trentino, Trentino’s, Addis Ababa
(CNN) Two convicted Ethiopian war criminals are likely to finally leave the Italian embassy in the capital, Addis Ababa , after taking refuge there for almost 30 years. The two men are now waiting for official transmission of the sentence from the Ethiopian foreign ministry, at which point they will leave. Italian vice-minister for foreign affairs, Emanuela Claudia Del Re, gave thanks to Ethiopia for granting the probation. However the Italian embassy accepted the two men because of the country's opposition to the death penalty. Two other men, Tesfay Gebre Kidan and Hailu Yimenu, also took refuge at the embassy in 1991.
Persons: Berhanu Bayeh, Addis Tedla, Mengistu Haile Mariam, Zewde, Gedion Timothewos, Emanuela Claudia Del Re, Berhanu, Del, Daniel Bekele, Mengistu, Bayeh, Tedla, Julian Assange, Tesfay Gebre, Hailu Yimenu, Yimenu, Kidan Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian, Ethiopian Authorities, Derg, Amnesty International, Ecuadorian Locations: Addis Ababa, Soviet, Ethiopia, Italy, Tigray, Bayeh, Italian, London
Ethiopian police arrest Reuters cameraman
  + stars: | 2020-12-28 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
NAIROBI (Reuters) - A Reuters cameraman, Kumerra Gemechu, was arrested in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Thursday and will be kept in custody for at least two weeks, his family said. A photograph from the family album shows Reuters cameraman Kumerra Gemechu in this picture released on December 27, 2020. Handout via REUTERSNo reason was provided to the family for Thursday’s arrest, and police did not respond to Reuters’ requests for comment. The arrest followed the beating of a Reuters photographer, Tiksa Negeri, by two Ethiopian federal police officers on Dec. 16. Kumerra covered the Tigray conflict, but Reuters was unable to determine whether his arrest was connected to his work.
Persons: Kumerra Gemechu, , Stephen J, Adler, Kumerra, ” Adler, Hawi Desalegn, , Abiy Ahmed, CPJ, Abiy, Billene Organizations: Reuters, Handout, REUTERS, Police, Ethiopian Broadcasting Authority, ” Reuters, Protect Journalists Locations: NAIROBI, Addis Ababa, Negeri, Ethiopia, Ethiopia’s, Tigray, New York, Oromiya
Death toll from attack in western Ethiopia reaches 222, Red Cross says
  + stars: | 2020-12-25 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) -The death toll from a Wednesday attack in the western Benishangul-Gumuz region of Ethiopia has risen to 222 people, a volunteer from the country’s Red Cross told Reuters on Friday. “Yesterday we buried 207 people who are the victims and 15 more from the attackers,” said the volunteer, Melese Mesfin. The attack occurred in the village of Bekoji in Bulen county in the Metekel zone, and the state-appointed Ethiopian Human Rights Commission initially estimated more than 100 people had been killed. More than 40,000 people fled their homes due to the fighting, Bulen county spokesman Kassahun Addisu said. He said the county had buried 207 people.
Persons: , Melese, Kassahun Addisu, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Cross, Ethiopian Human Rights Locations: ADDIS, Gumuz, Ethiopia, Bekoji, Bulen county, Bulen
Ethiopia says national election to be held in June
  + stars: | 2020-12-25 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia will hold a parliamentary election on June 5, the electoral board said on Friday, as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed seeks to quell political and ethnic violence in several regions. Tigray held its own elections in September in defiance of the federal government, which declared the polls illegal. The National Electoral Board said next year’s calendar for polls did not include an election in Tigray. It said the date for a Tigray vote would be set once an interim government, which was established during the conflict, opened election offices. For nearly three decades until Abiy’s appointment, Ethiopia was ruled by a coalition of four ethnically-based movements dominated by the party from Tigray.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Jawar Mohammed, Haacaaluu Hundeessaa Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Ethiopian, Presidential Press Service, Abiy’s Prosperity Party, Electoral Board, Prosperity Party, Liberation, Oromo Federalist Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia, Lamu County, Kenya, Tigray, Eritrea, Sudan, Ethiopia’s, Oromiya, Addis Ababa
Ethiopia sets national election for June 5, 2021
  + stars: | 2020-12-25 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.96   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed address the media after inspecting ongoing developments at the new 32-berth Lamu Port in Lamu County, Kenya December 9, 2020. Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERSADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia will hold a parliamentary election on June 5, 2021, its National Electoral Board said on Friday, after postponing the vote from August this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The chairman of the winning party becomes prime minister. Ethiopia has a federal system comprising 10 regions with freedom to set some taxes, run security forces and pass laws. Ethiopia’s previous govermment, which had ruled in an increasingly autocratic fashion until Abiy took power in 2018, was dominated by an ethnically-based party from Tigray.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Abiy Organizations: Ethiopian, Presidential Press Service, ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Electoral Locations: Lamu County, Kenya, ADDIS, Ethiopia, Tigray
Ethiopia sets national election for mid-2021
  + stars: | 2020-12-25 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) -Ethiopia will hold a parliamentary election on June 5, 2021, the National Electoral Board said on Friday, as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed tries to quell outbreaks of deadly political and ethnic violence in several regions. Africa’s second most populous nation has a federal system and 10 regional governments, many of whom have border disputes or face low-level unrest. In the northern Tigray region, thousands of people are believed to have died and 950,000 have fled their homes since fighting between regional forces and the federal government erupted on Nov. 4. The election board said its calendar for next year’s polls does not include an election in Tigray. For nearly three decades until Abiy’s appointment, Ethiopia was ruled by a coalition of four ethnically-based movements dominated by the party from Tigray.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Jawar Mohammed, Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, Haacaaluu Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Electoral, Ethiopian, Presidential Press Service, Abiy’s Prosperity Party, Prosperity Party, Oromo Federalist Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia, Lamu County, Kenya, Tigray, Eritrea, Sudan, Oromiya, Oromo, Ethiopia’s
Another new coronavirus variant found in Nigeria, says Africa CDC
  + stars: | 2020-12-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: John Nkengasong, Africa’s Director of Centers for Disease Control (CDC), speaks during a news conference on coronavirus at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia January 28, 2020. REUTERS/Tiksa NegeriNAIROBI (Reuters) - Another new variant of the novel coronavirus seems to have emerged in Nigeria, the head of Africa’s disease control body said on Thursday, cautioning more investigation was needed. “It’s a separate lineage from the UK and the South African lineages,” John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told an online news conference from Addis Ababa. The Nigeria CDC and the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases in Nigeria will study more samples, Nkengasong said. Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country with more than 200 million people, has seen fewer coronavirus cases than many others on the continent.
Persons: John Nkengasong, cautioning, ” John Nkengasong, Nkengasong Organizations: for Disease Control, coronavirus, African, Headquarters, REUTERS, Tiksa Negeri, Prevention, Nigeria CDC, African Centre of, Genomics, Diseases, CDC, Daily Locations: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tiksa, Tiksa Negeri NAIROBI, Nigeria, Britain, South Africa, Africa, , Africa’s
Ethiopian military kills 42 people involved in deadly attack - Fana TV
  + stars: | 2020-12-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: 1 min
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s military has killed 42 armed men who took part in a massacre in western Benishangul-Gumuz region, state-affiliated Fana TV reported on Thursday. Soldiers seized bows and arrows and other weapons from the men who were involved in Wednesday’s dawn attack, Fana said, citing regional officials.
Persons: Soldiers, Fana Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Fana Locations: ADDIS, Benishangul
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia has arrested five senior local officials in connection with the security issue in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, a day after gunmen killed more than 100 people in the area, state-run Ethiopian News Agency reported on Thursday. Reporting by Addis Ababa newsroom; writing by Omar Mohammed Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Omar Mohammed Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Ethiopian News Agency, Addis, Thomson Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia, Addis Ababa
Ethiopia's PM says forces have been sent into Benishangul-Gumuz region
  + stars: | 2020-12-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.51   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed address the media after inspecting ongoing developments at the new 32-berth Lamu Port in Lamu County, Kenya December 9, 2020. Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERSADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Thursday he had deployed forces to the western Benishangul-Gumuz region, a day after gunmen killed more than 100 people in the area, which has seen regular ethnic violence. “The massacre of civilians in Benishangul-Gumuz region is very tragic,” Abiy said on Twitter. Residents on Wednesday described to Reuters seeing dozens of dead bodies and being chased by unknown gunmen shooting at locals. In a separate part of the country, Ethiopia’s military has been fighting rebels in the northern Tigray region for more than six weeks in a conflict that has displaced close to 950,000 people.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, ” Abiy, ” Africa’s, Abiy Organizations: Ethiopian, Presidential Press Service, ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Ethiopia’s, Human Rights Commission, Twitter, Residents Locations: Lamu County, Kenya, ADDIS, Bekoji, Bulen county, Benishangul, Tigray
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