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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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