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Troops in Eritrean uniforms are seen on top of a truck near the town of Adigrat, Ethiopia, March 14, 2021. The push sparked calls from Amhara politicians for irregular militias to mobilise and arm themselves. The war pits Tigrayan forces - both formal and irregular - against the Ethiopian military and its allies from Amhara and the neighbouring nation of Eritrea. The aid worker, citing information received from colleagues there, said locals greeted Tigrayan forces with songs, cheers, and celebratory gunfire. The fighting started overnight, two refugees living in a camp adjacent to the town told Reuters, saying gunfire began around 1 a.m. and continued intermittently for about 14 hours.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Abiy Ahmed, Mai Tsebri, Tigrayan, Abiy, TPLF, Lotte Knudsen, Mahlet Hailu, Dawit Endeshaw, Emma Farge, Stephanie Nebehay, Omar Mohammed, Katharine Houreld, William Maclean Organizations: REUTERS, Forces, National Movement of Amhara, Ethiopian, Donors, Reuters, Eritrean, EU, United Nations, Human Rights, Foreign Affairs Ministry, Thomson Locations: Adigrat, Ethiopia, Baz Ratner NAIROBI, Ethiopia's Tigray, Amhara, Africa's, Tigray, Tigray's, Eritrea, Mai, Ethiopia's, Mekelle, Geneva, Addis Ababa, Nairobi
Members of Amhara special forces stand guard on the Tekeze river bridge near Ethiopia-Eritrean border near the town of Humera, Ethiopia July 1, 2021. Eritrea and the Amhara region sent troops into Tigray to support the army in the first days of the war. Amhara officials say they have taken back a swathe of territory, equal to about a quarter of Tigray, that was historically theirs and have no intention of leaving. Residents and humanitarian officials pointed the finger at the military or Amhara forces. On Thursday, Humera was teeming with Ethiopian soldiers, Amhara regional police and local militiamen, who sat under trees in outdoor coffee shops, their rifles within arms' reach.
Persons: Stringer, Abiy Ahmed, Reuters couldn't, Getachew Reda, Getnet, Billene Seyoum, Abiy, Murithi Mutiga, Amare Goshu, Humera, Zewdu, Katharine Houreld, Giulia Paravicini, Maggie Fick, Dawit Endeshaw, Alexandra Zavis, Nick Macfie Organizations: REUTERS, Forces, Ethiopian National Defence Force, Reuters, UN, Crisis, United Nations, Food, Eritrean, Prosperity Party, Amhara, Thomson Locations: Ethiopia, Eritrean, Humera, Tigray, Government, NAIROBI, Mekelle, Adigrat, Addis Ababa, Eritrea, Ethiopian, Amhara, churchyards, Horn of, Shire, Amare, Nairobi
Live Tigray Rebels in Ethiopia Retake Regional Capital: Live Updates The rebels are consolidating their hold on the capital, Mekelle, and its outskirts after Ethiopian government forces retreated, in a dramatic turn in the eight-month civil war. Tigrayan forces retake their capital as Ethiopia’s military withdraws. A destroyed tank in Ethiopia’s Tigray region last month. Electricity and phone lines across the region remained down on Tuesday, a situation that had many wondering whether the Tigray region would remain cut off. A food distribution line at a school in Shire, in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, in March.
Persons: Ben Curtis, Abiy Ahmed, , Declan Walsh, Baz Ratner, Isaias Afwerki, Eduardo Soteras, Abiy, Mekelle, Abiy Adiy, Richard Pérez Organizations: Tigray Rebels, Regional Capital, Associated Press, Ethiopia’s Army, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Tigray Defense Forces, Mekelle . New York Times, DJIBOUTI Addis Ababa OROMIA, Ethiopian National Defense Forces, Refugees, Electricity, ., United Nations, International, Agence France, Tigrayan, International Crisis, United, Ethiopian Air Force Locations: Ethiopia, Mekelle, Tigray, Mekelle ., Ethiopia’s, ERITREA YEMEN SUDAN TIGRAY, DJIBOUTI Addis Ababa, DJIBOUTI Addis Ababa OROMIA ETHIOPIA SOMALIA KENYA, Eritrean, Shire, Ethiopia’s Tigray, Eritrea, United Nations, Adigrat
Now hunger is stalking the Tigray region again, and a senior UN official alleges that starvation is being used as a weapon of war. In some of his strongest public comments to date on the crisis, the UN's top humanitarian official, Mark Lowcock, accused Eritrean forces of "trying to deal with the Tigrayan population by starving them." Minister of Information Yemane Gebremeskel has previously said accusations that Eritrean soldiers are blocking or looting aid are "fabricated." Some residents accused Amhara forces of stealing their crops and livestock, or chasing them off their farms. Continuing harassment from Eritrean forces meant that no one was plowing the land for the next crop, farmers told aid workers.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Abiy, Mark Lowcock, Lowcock, Gebremeskel, Abiy's, Billene Seyoum, Mitiku Kassa, Muluneh, Adan Muez, Tadesse Aregawi, Adan, Tadesse, Tsasie, Adigrat, OCHA, Eritreans, Abera, Gebrehiwot, Abebe, Mizan Berhanu, Fano, Katharine Houreld, Giulia Paravicini, Dawit Endeshaw, Silvia Aloisi, Alexandra Zavis, Janet McBride Organizations: REUTERS, UN, United Nations, Reuters, Ethiopian, Risk Management Commission, Hospital, UNICEF, Sans, MSF, Food, Relief Society of Tigray, U.S . Agency for International Development, The U.S . Embassy, Eritrean Defense Forces, EDF, Eritrean, Amhara, Billene, Thomson Locations: Shire, Tigray, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Amhara, Adigrat, Eritrean, Mekelle, That's, Hunger, Kola Tembien district, The U.S, Axum, Adwa, Ziban, Fano, Addis Ababa
CNN's efforts to reach Axum were thwarted by both Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers multiple times over several days. Ethiopian soldiers block CNN's path, threatening the team with detention. CNN was informed by aid agencies that they had also been turned back by Eritrean soldiers manning the same checkpoint. Ethiopian military sources in the region confirmed to CNN that Eritrean soldiers were in control of key checkpoints along the route to Axum. That report was corroborated by humanitarian workers in Tigray, who said they had "protection" issues around distributing aid in some areas as civilians were later robbed of the aid by Eritrean soldiers.
Persons: Biden, aren't, Abiy Ahmed, Antony Blinken, Ned Price, Blinken, Alex Platt, Mark Lowcock, Linda Thomas, Greenfield, gurney, Girmay, we're, Thomas Thompson, hadn't, Tigray's Abiy, Emily Dakin, Meskel, Hannibal, haltingly, Bethlehem, Gianluca Mezzofiore, Katie Polglase, Read Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Abiy, Ethiopian National Defence Force, Command, USAID, Eritrean Defence Forces, EDF, Sans Frontieres, Axum University, Referral Hospital, Referral, UN, Food, World Peace Foundation, Emergency, Tigray's, Axum Teaching Locations: Tigray, Tigray's, Mekelle, Axum, Africa, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Adigrat, Greenfield, Ethiopian, Chila, Hawzen, Samre, Mekele
It was more common for women to report sexual violence by Eritrean soldiers, the doctors said. Taken together, the descriptions paint the most detailed picture to date of the sexual violence against women in Tigray and the military’s alleged involvement in it. SHOT FOR RESISTINGThe government has set up a task force separate from the human rights commission to investigate the reports of sexual violence. “Our prosecutors (and) police officers are there to investigate all crimes committed, including sexual violence,” said Awol Sultan, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office. The doctor shared notes from 11 cases the hospital had treated involving women raped by soldiers.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Fasika Amdeselassie, ” Fasika, Abiy Ahmed, , Billene Seyoum, Billene, Yemane Gebremeskel, TPLF, , Fasika, Ethiopia’s, Mekelle, , Mebrihit Assefa, Sultan, Abera Nigus Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, Reuters, Ethiopia’s, Eritrean, United Nations, African Union, Referral Locations: ADIGRAT, Ethiopia, Ethiopia’s Tigray, Tigray, Sudan, Al, of Africa, Eritrea, United, Ethiopia’s, Mekelle, Idaga, Adigrat
Health official alleges ‘sexual slavery’ in Tigray
  + stars: | 2021-04-15 | by ( Katharine Houreld | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +11 min
It was more common for women to report sexual violence by Eritrean soldiers, the doctors said. Taken together, the descriptions paint the most detailed picture to date of the sexual violence against women in Tigray and the military’s alleged involvement in it. The alleged sexual violence has drawn international attention. SHOT FOR RESISTINGThe government has set up a task force separate from the human rights commission to investigate the reports of sexual violence. “Our prosecutors (and) police officers are there to investigate all crimes committed, including sexual violence,” said Awol Sultan, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Fasika Amdeselassie, ” Fasika, Abiy Ahmed, Billene Seyoum, Billene, , Yemane Gebremeskel, TPLF, , Fasika, Ethiopia’s, Mekelle, Mebrihit Assefa, , Sultan, Abera Nigus Organizations: Ethiopian, Reuters, REUTERS, Ethiopia’s, Eritrean, United Nations, African Union, Referral, Thomson Locations: Adigrat, Tigray, Ethiopia, Ethiopia’s Tigray, of Africa, Eritrea, United, Ethiopia’s, Mekelle, Idaga
ADIGRAT, Ethiopia (Reuters) - Fourteen-year-old Mibrak Esayus recalls the day last November when she says Eritrean soldiers burst into her home in Ethiopia’s Tigray region and killed her mother and father. Eritrean soldiers burst in around midday. Her father, a priest at the local Ethiopian Orthodox church, begged them “Don’t shoot,” she told Reuters. Mibrak is among more than two dozen civilians in Tigray who told Reuters they had been victims of, or witnesses to, shootings, gang rapes and looting by Eritrean soldiers. “Don’t show the children, they will start to cry,” she said, sliding the photo across the table face down.
Persons: Esayus, Mibrak Esayus, Baz Ratner, Mibrak, , , ” Mibrak, Abiy Ahmed, Yemane Gebremeskel, Abiy, Yemane, Merha, “ Mibrak Organizations: REUTERS, Ethiopian, Reuters, Ethiopia’s, Eritrean Locations: ADIGRAT, Ethiopia, Ethiopia’s Tigray, Tigray, Zalambessa, Eritrea, Adigrat
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) staff travelling in Ethiopia’s Tigray region saw Ethiopian soldiers shoot dead four civilians, the medical aid agency said on Thursday, denouncing violence in the five-month-old conflict. Though the government declared victory in late November, fighting has gone on and the United Nations and aid groups say insecurity is preventing badly needed aid from reaching hundreds of thousands of civilians. Ethiopian soldiers stopped the MSF car and two public minibuses driving behind it, MSF said. MSF said its staff saw the bodies of those killed by the road. On Monday, the United Nations urged the warring parties to protect civilians from rights abuses and sexual violence and hold perpetrators accountable.
Persons: , Redwan Hussein, Billene Seyoum, Mulu Nega, Abiy Ahmed, ” Abiy Organizations: Ethiopian, United Nations, MSF, , ” MSF Locations: NAIROBI, Ethiopia’s Tigray, Tigray, Mekelle, Adigrat, Billene
HAMDAYET, Sudan (Reuters) - The young coffee seller said she was split from family and friends by an Ethiopian soldier at the Tekeze river, taken down a path, and given a harrowing choice. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo“He said: ‘Choose, either I kill you or rape you’,” the 25-year-old told Reuters at the Hamdayet refugee camp in Sudan where she had fled from conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. “The soldier ... forced a gun on her and raped her,” Limeuh, who was volunteering with the Sudanese Red Crescent, said the woman told him. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government and the military did not immediately respond to questions from Reuters about the reports of rape. Media have been largely banned from Tigray, aid agencies have struggled for access, and communications were down for weeks.
Persons: Tewadrous Tefera Limeuh, , ” Limeuh, Abiy, , Geraldine Boezio, Abiy’s, Gizachew Muluneh, Tewadrous, Adigrat, Elshadai Organizations: Reuters, Ethiopian, REUTERS, Tiksa, Sudanese, Crescent, The United Nations Locations: HAMDAYET, Sudan, Soroka, Amhara, Tigray, Ethiopia, Ethiopia’s Tigray, Ethiopia’s Amhara, Mekelle, Eritrea, Rawyan, Wukro
Ethiopians dying, hungry and fearful in war-hit Tigray: agencies
  + stars: | 2021-01-20 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopians in the war-scarred north are dying from lack of healthcare services, are suffering food and water shortages, and remain “terrified”, according to aid agencies finally accessing remoter parts of Tigray region. “Every time we reach a new area, we find food, water, health services depleted, and a lot of fear among the population. Many Tigrayans had relied on food aid even before the war, with locust plagues in early 2020 worsening their plight. The state-run Ethiopian Press Agency quoted the Tigray Water Resource Management Bureau as saying clean water was running short for many because of damaged infrastructure, looted offices, stolen equipment and an inoperative dam. The European Union last week suspended budget support for Ethiopia worth 88 million euros ($107 million) until aid groups had better access.
Persons: , Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Mari Carmen Vinoles, Vinoles, Tigrayans, Panos Navrozidis, AAH, Mulu, ” Berhane Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations, Frontieres, Reuters, MSF, United Nations ’, UNICEF, Health, Ethiopian Press Agency, Tigray Water Resource Management, Peace, European Union, Ethiopian Locations: NAIROBI, Tigray, Hamdayet, Sudan, Ethiopia, Mekelle, Adrigat, Axum, Adigrat, Shire, Central Tigray, AAH, hideouts, Berhane
REUTERS/Tiksa NegeriADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopian forces have taken the town of Idaga Hamus, 97 km (60 miles) from the rebel-held Tigray capital Mekelle, a government taskforce said on Sunday. “Our defence force took control of Idaga Hamus town which is located on the road from Adigrat to Mekelle. The Defence force is advancing to capture Mekelle, which is the final goal of the operation,” the taskforce said in a tweet. Claims by all sides are hard to verify because phone and internet communication has been down since fighting began on Nov. 4. Tigray forces were not immediately available for comment.
Persons: Redwan Hussein, Mulu Nega, Idaga Hamus Organizations: State, Foreign Affairs, Provisional, of Tigray National Regional State, REUTERS, Tiksa, Tiksa Negeri ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Ethiopian, Defence Locations: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tiksa Negeri ADDIS, Idaga, Tigray, Mekelle, Hamus, Adigrat
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s army plans to surround the rebel-held capital of Tigray region with tanks and may use artillery on the city to try to end a nearly three-week war, a military spokesman said on Sunday, urging civilians to save themselves. FILE PHOTO: An Ethiopian woman who fled war in Tigray region, receives treatment at the Fashaga camp on the Sudan-Ethiopia border in Al-Qadarif state, Sudan November 20, 2020. They (are) sending waves after waves but to no avail.”Reuters could not verify the latest statements on the war. The rebels say his government has marginalised and persecuted Tigrayans since taking office two years ago. The Nobel Peace Prize committee urged peace after his offensive against the Tigrayan leaders began.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Abiy, , Dejene Tsegaye, Debretsion Gebremichael, , Tigrayans, Redwan Hussein Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation, Reuters, International Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, Al, Amhara, Eritrea, Africa, Europe, Mekelle, Adigrat, Dansha
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Advancing Ethiopian troops plan to surround the Tigray region’s rebel-held capital with tanks and may shell the city to force surrender, a military spokesman said on Sunday, urging civilians to save themselves. FILE PHOTO: An Ethiopian woman who fled war in Tigray region, receives treatment at the Fashaga camp on the Sudan-Ethiopia border in Al-Qadarif state, Sudan November 20, 2020. ‘NO MERCY’Slideshow ( 4 images )“The next phases are the decisive part of the operation, which is to encircle Mekelle using tanks,” military spokesman Colonel Dejene Tsegaye told state-run Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation. Redwan Hussein, spokesman for the government’s taskforce on Tigray, said there was still time for TPLF leaders to surrender. The taskforce added that the army had also taken the small town of Idaga Hamus on the road from Adigrat to Mekelle.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Abiy, , Dejene Tsegaye, , Debretsion Gebremichael, ” Abiy, Redwan Hussein, , Redwan Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, Reuters, Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, Al, Amhara, Eritrea, Mekelle, Adigrat, Dansha, Oslo, Idaga
Tigray rebels say nine civilians killed in Ethiopian attack
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: Members of the Amhara Special Force return to the Dansha Mechanized 5th division Military base after fighting against the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), in Danasha, Amhara region near a border with Tigray, Ethiopia November 9, 2020. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File PhotoADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Rebels in north Ethiopia said on Saturday that nine people had died among heavy civilian casualties during an assault by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s federal troops on the town of Adigrat. Reuters could not verify their statement on Friday’s events in Adigrat, 116 km (72 miles) north of regional capital Mekelle. The government and military could not immediately be reached for comment, but have previously denied targeting civilians.
Persons: ADDIS, Abiy Organizations: Amhara Special Force, Dansha Mechanized, Military, REUTERS, Tiksa, Reuters, Rebels Locations: Tigray, Danasha, Amhara, Ethiopia, Adigrat, Mekelle
Ethiopia pushes toward Tigray capital, rebuffs African mediation
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
NAIROBI/ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia said on Saturday its forces had seized another town in their advance on the capital of northern Tigray region and rebuffed an African Union (AU) push to mediate in the war with rebel forces in the region. An overview of Dansha airport and destroyed buildings in Dansha, Ethiopia, is seen in this satellite image taken November 18, 2020 and supplied by Maxar Technologies. The conflict has spread beyond Tigray, whose forces have fired rockets at the neighbouring Amhara region and the nation of Eritrea, spurring concern of a wider war. There was no immediate response from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) rebels who have promised “hell” for the advancing federal troops. Abiy denies that, saying he is seeking only to restore law and order and preserve the unity of Ethiopia and its 115 million people.
Persons: Abiy, Adigrat, TPLF, Joaquim Chissano, Ellen Johnson, Kgalema, Tigrayans Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, African Union, Maxar Technologies, REUTERS, , Federal Government, United Nations, U.S Locations: NAIROBI, ADDIS, Ethiopia, Tigray, Dansha, Sudan, Amhara, Eritrea, Mekelle, Mozambique, Liberia, South Africa
NAIROBI/ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The Ethiopian government rebuffed an African effort to mediate on Saturday, saying its troops had seized another town in their march towards the rebel-held capital of northern Tigray region. Hundreds, possibly thousands, have died and more than 30,000 refugees have fled to Sudan since the conflict erupted on Nov. 4. The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) rebels said nine civilians had died among heavy casualties in artillery hits on Adigrat. Eritrea denies TPLF allegations it has sent soldiers over the border to back Abiy’s offensive against the Tigrayan forces, who are also an old foe of Eritrea’s. “We will do all that is necessary to ensure stability prevails in the Tigray region and that our citizens are free from harm and want,” the prime minister tweeted on Saturday.
Persons: Abiy, Adigrat, Joaquim Chissano, Ellen Johnson, Kgalema, Tigrayans, , Jens Hesemann Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Ethiopian, African Union, Federal Government, Maxar Technologies, United Nations, UNHCR Locations: NAIROBI, ADDIS, Tigray, Mekelle, Sudan, Amhara, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Liberia, South Africa, Dansha
NAIROBI/ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The Ethiopian government rebuffed an African effort to mediate on Saturday, saying its troops had seized another town in their march towards the rebel-held capital of northern Tigray region. Hundreds, possibly thousands, have died and more than 30,000 refugees have fled to Sudan since the conflict erupted on Nov. 4. The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) rebels said nine civilians had died among heavy casualties in artillery hits on Adigrat. Eritrea denies TPLF allegations it has sent soldiers over the border to back Abiy’s offensive against the Tigrayan forces, who are also an old foe of Eritrea’s. “We will do all that is necessary to ensure stability prevails in the Tigray region and that our citizens are free from harm and want,” the prime minister tweeted on Saturday.
Persons: Abiy, Adigrat, Joaquim Chissano, Ellen Johnson, Kgalema, Tigrayans, , Jens Hesemann, jerry Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Ethiopian, African Union, Federal Government, Maxar Technologies, United Nations, UNHCR Locations: NAIROBI, ADDIS, Tigray, Mekelle, Sudan, Amhara, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Liberia, South Africa, Dansha, Hamdayet
Ethiopian govt: troops battling forces from Tigray region take two towns
  + stars: | 2020-11-20 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopian troops battling rebel forces from the northern Tigray region have taken the towns of Axum and Adawa and are advancing on the town of Adigrat 116 kilometres (72 miles) from the Tigrayan capital of Mekelle, the government said late on Friday. “Many fighters of the junta have surrendered,” said the statement posted on Twitter. Tigray forces were not immediately available for comment. Claims by all sides are impossible to verify because phone and internet links to the area have been down since the conflict began.
Persons: , Organizations: Ethiopian, Twitter Locations: NAIROBI, Tigray, Axum, Adawa, Adigrat, Mekelle
Ethiopian government forces are fighting their way towards Mekelle, the Tigrayan capital, from several directions. In the north, Ethiopian troops took the towns of Axum and Adwa, a government statement said. Tigrayan forces were not available for comment but in a televised address, spokesman Getachew Reda said their fighters have inflicted “increasing causalties” in Raya, to the south of Mekelle. FILE PHOTO: Members of Amhara region militias ride on their truck as they head to face the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), in Sanja, Amhara region near a border with Tigray, Ethiopia November 9, 2020. On Thursday, Tigray forces accused the government of bombing a university in the Tigray capital Mekelle.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Getachew Reda, , Bahir, queued, Yohannes Gor, , Axel Bisschop, Abdullah Fadil, Abiy Organizations: UM RAKUBA, Reuters, Government, United Nations, Ethiopian, REUTERS, Tiksa, UNHCR, Rights, Amnesty Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Sudan, Ethiopia’s, Tigray, Dar, Asmara, Mekelle, Axum, Adwa, Adigrat, Raya, Mehoni, Zalambessa, Bahir Dar, Amhara, Sanja, Ethiopian, Humera, Geneva, , Eritrea
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