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REUTERS/Baz RatnerSummary Thousands of Eritrean refugees caught in north Ethiopian warRefugees distrusted and abused by both sides' fighters'Clear war crimes' committed, says rights groupNAIROBI, Sept 16 (Reuters) - Eritrean soldiers and Tigrayan militias raped, detained and killed Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray, an international rights watchdog said on Thursday. Tens of thousands of Eritrean refugees live in Tigray, a mountainous and poor province of about 5 million people. Tigrayan forces marched fleeing refugees back to Hitsats, shooting some stragglers, refugees reported to HRW. In the northernmost camp, Shimelba, Eritrean forces killed at least one refugee, raped at least four others and killed local residents, HRW said. Tigrayan forces took over those camps in June and refugees have reported killings and looting.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Tigrayans, Laetitia Bader, Horn, Getachew Reda, PEOPLE, HRW, Tigrayan, Ziban, Adi Harush, Mai Aini, Andrew Cawthorne Organizations: REUTERS, Refugees, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Human Rights Watch, Reuters, International, UNHCR, United Nations, HRW, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Sudan, NAIROBI, Ethiopia’s, of Africa, Africa, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Hitsats, Hitsats camp’s, Zelasle, Shimelba, Mai
Reports of continued human rights abuses and atrocities by parties to the conflict are deeply disturbing, including the reported attack on civilians in a village in the Amhara region this week, Price said. Rebellious forces from the Tigray region killed 120 civilians over two days in a village in Ethiopia's Amhara region, local officials told Reuters on Wednesday. War broke out 10 months ago between Ethiopia's federal troops and forces loyal to the TPLF, which controls the Tigray region. Fighting spread in July from the Tigray region into the neighboring regions of Amhara and Afar, also in the country's north. The United Nations said on Friday that it had completed its joint investigation with Ethiopia's state-appointed human rights commission of abuses in the Tigray conflict, with a final report due Nov 1.
Persons: Baz Ratner, TPLF, Ned Price, Price, Getachew, Yemane Gebremeskel, Daphne Psaledakis, Susan Heavey, Giulia Paravicini, Elias Biryabarema, Chris Reese, Nick Zieminski, Cynthia Osterman Organizations: REUTERS, U.S . State Department, Ethiopian, Department, Reuters, Amhara, Eritrea's, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Adigrat, Ethiopia, United States, Tigray, Amhara, Ethiopia's Amhara, Eritrea, Africa, Afar, Addis Ababa, Kampala
Pope Francis speaks during a welcoming ceremony at Ben Gurion international airport near Tel Aviv May 25, 2014. read moreAt a general audience on Aug. 11, the pope said: "The law (Torah) however does not give life." In the letter Arousi asked Koch to "convey our distress to Pope Francis" and asked for a clarification from the pope to "ensure that any derogatory conclusions drawn from this homily are clearly repudiated". Jewish sources said they saw the Vatican letter as a sign of reconciliation. Both Jewish and Vatican sources said the inclusion of the word "law" in what are normally routine greetings was significant and intentional.
Persons: Pope Francis, Baz Ratner, Cardinal, Francis, Rasson Arousi, Arousi, Cardinal Kurt Koch, Koch, Pope Francis ", St, Paul, Jesus, Abraham Skorka, Philip Pullella, Gareth Jones Organizations: Ben, REUTERS, VATICAN CITY, Reuters, Israel, Reform, Thomson Locations: Ben Gurion, Tel Aviv, Israel, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Buenos Aires
U.N. footage from northern Ethiopia shows humanitarian crisis
  + stars: | 2021-09-06 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Baz RatnerNAIROBI, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Footage of war-hit northern Ethiopia published by the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) on Monday reflected the severe humanitarian crisis there, after the United Nations warned that a de facto blockade on aid is bringing millions to the brink of famine. War broke out 10 months ago between Ethiopia's federal troops and forces loyal to the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which controls the Tigray region. The footage showed a distribution of emergency food aid by the WFP on August 23 in Asgede district in northwestern Tigray. The supplies delivered that day were among the last remaining stocks in Tigray region, where no food or other humanitarian aid entered between August 20 and September 5. The United Nations estimates 100 trucks of aid need to be entering Tigray each day to meet the needs of the population.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Billene Seyoum, Sacks, Satyen Tait, Maggie Fick, William Maclean Organizations: REUTERS, Food Programme, United Nations, Ethiopian, Thomson Locations: Shire, Tigray, Ethiopia, Baz Ratner NAIROBI, Asgede district, WFP's Ethiopia
A man stands next to the logo of Check Point Software Technologies at its headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel, August 14, 2016. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File PhotoJERUSALEM, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Check Point Software Technologies (CHKP.O) said on Monday it acquired U.S.-Israeli cyber security company Avanan, which specialises in protecting email, where most cyber attacks begin. Check Point, which is based in Israel, did not disclose financial details. Avanan was founded in 2015 and its technology blocks malicious emails before they reach a user's inbox, Check Point said. It has more than 5,000 customers and protects more than 2.5 million email accounts.
Persons: Baz Ratner, , Dorit Dor, Avanan, Ari Rabinovitch, Dan Williams Organizations: Software Technologies, REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Tel Aviv, Israel, U.S
Men collect avocados from a tree in a community garden, in the Dandora suburb of Nairobi, Kenya, August 6, 2021. The lush community garden has even become the backdrop for rappers and other creatives to shoot their videos. This transformation is thanks to Charles Gachanga, 45, who grew up in the neighbourhood back when it reeked of garbage. "We came and cleaned ... We did not even have a penny," said Gachanga, who started working in 2013 on the garden space, called Mustard Seed, with three friends. Residents living near Gachanga's green space pay 100 shillings a month, less than $1, for maintenance.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Charles Gachanga, Gachanga, Javan Ofula, James Macharia, Macharia, Evans Otieno, Otieno, Ayenat Mersie, Maggie Fick, Alison Williams Organizations: REUTERS, Awesome Foundation, Residents, Thomson Locations: Dandora, Nairobi, Kenya, Baz Ratner NAIROBI, Nairobi's Dandora
Troops in Eritrean uniforms are seen on top of a truck near the town of Adigrat, Ethiopia, March 14, 2021. Forces from Ethiopia's rebellious Tigray recaptured much of the territory in June, in a major setback for Ethiopia's government. Spokespeople for Eritrea's information ministry, Ethiopia's prime minister and Ethiopia's military did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Eritrean troops entered Tigray to fight alongside federal forces in a conflict marked by abuses including rape, according to investigations by Reuters, the U.N. and international human rights organizations. read moreThe Ethiopian government said in April that Eritrean troops had begun withdrawing.
Persons: Baz Ratner, State Anthony Blinken, meanwhile, Adi Goshu, Abiy Ahmed, Giulia Paravicini, George Obulutsa, Maggie Fick, Joe Bavier, Giles Elgood Organizations: REUTERS, European Union, Forces, Eritrean Defence Forces, State, Treasury Department, Eritrean, Reuters, Ethiopian, Thomson Locations: Adigrat, Ethiopia, United States, Eritrea, Ethiopia's Tigray, Tigray, Adi, Eritrea's, Asmara, Turkey, London, Nairobi
Afghanistan's drug trade remains profitable, but evidence suggests the Taliban has found a more lucrative source of income. REUTERS/ParwizBut Afghanistan's drug trade, particularly that of opium, has thrived, rising steadily from a historic low in 2001, when the US invaded. Afghanistan's diverse drug trade remains profitable, but the Taliban appears to have found a more complex and more lucrative enterprise — taxing goods and fuel in transit. The Taliban's focus on taxing trade is visible in other areas it has captured in recent weeks. That trade and taxation dynamic may help explain the failures of US and other foreign efforts in Afghanistan.
Persons: John Sopko, — SIGAR, Sopko, Baz Ratner, Sen, Chris Murphy, Murphy, Ajmal Kakar Organizations: Service, US, REUTERS, UN, Drugs, Defense Writers, Narcotics, Overseas Development Institute, Getty, Wall Locations: Afghanistan, Afghan, Jalalabad province, Kandahar, Herat Province, U.S, Nimroz Province, British, Helmand Province, Iran, Pakistan, Kunduz, Xinhua, Khan Bandar, Tajikistan, Kunduz Province
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel Discount Bank reported a higher-than-expected gain in quarterly profit as the country’s economy continued to recover from the coronavirus crisis, allowing it to gradually unwind large loan default provisions made last year. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Israel Discount Bank is reflected in mirrors outside their branch in Tel Aviv, Israel July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Baz RatnerIsrael’s fourth-largest bank by assets said on Monday it earned 860 million shekels ($267.5 million) in the second quarter, compared with 174 million a year earlier and above a forecast of 651 million shekels in a Reuters poll of analysts. On the back of improved capital ratios, the Bank of Israel has allowed one-time dividends of up to 30% of 2020 net profit. Its Tier 1 capital ratio rose to 10.28% at the end of June from 10.08% at the end of the second quarter of 2020.
Persons: Baz Ratner Israel’s, Leumi Organizations: Israel Discount Bank, REUTERS, Discount, Bank of Locations: JERUSALEM, Tel Aviv, Israel, lockdowns, Bank of Israel
In seeking to placate his domestic audience, Obama effectively told the Taliban that they could wait out the United States. ENDEMIC CORRUPTIONAs a presidential nominee, Obama called Afghanistan the “good war,” contrasting it with the military disaster in Iraq. In the desperate and constant need for a stable government, the United States worked with Afghans who had influence but were enmeshed in corruption and human rights abuses. Corruption infected the Afghan military as well, for which the United States allocated $88 billion over two decades. “There’s going to be no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of an embassy of the United States in Afghanistan," Biden said in July.
Persons: Baz Ratner WASHINGTON, It’s, , Joe Biden's, George W, Bush, Saddam, Lisa Curtis, ” Curtis, Jonathan Schroden, Barack Obama, Obama, Peter Galbraith, Christine Fair, Donald Trump, John Bolton, Trump, Biden, “ There’s, Idrees Ali, Jonathan Landay, Steve Holland, Jeff Mason, Arlene Eiras, Mary Milliken, Grant McCool Organizations: Army, 2nd, REUTERS, Washington, Democratic, Taliban, al, CIA, Bush, Trump, Center, New, New American Security, CNA, U.S . Central Command, United Nations, Reuters, U.S, Inter - Services Intelligence, , Georgetown University, U.S ., ., Thomson Locations: Panjwai district, Kandahar, Afghanistan, New York, Washington, U.S, Kabul, United States, al Qaeda, Iraq, New American, West, Helmand, PAKISTAN, Pakistan, ” Islamabad, Saigon
FILE PHOTO: Employees work at website-designer firm Wix.com offices in Tel Aviv, Israel July 4, 2016. Wix reported a 26 cent loss a year ago. Wix also said that printing and marketing firm Vistaprint chose Wix to create and management its websites and related products. It offered no financial details, but Shemesh said the deal would add hundreds of thousands of premium subscriptions. Wix reported 5.5 million premium subscriptions at the end of 2020.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Wix, Lior Shemesh, , ” Shemesh, ” Wix, Vistaprint, Shemesh Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, Nasdaq Locations: JERUSALEM, Tel Aviv, Israel
Ethiopia urges citizens to join fight against Tigrayan forces
  + stars: | 2021-08-10 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
A burned tank stands near the town of Adwa, Tigray region, Ethiopia, March 18, 2021. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File PhotoNAIROBI, Aug 10 (Reuters) - The office of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Tuesday urged "all capable Ethiopians" to join the army, special forces and militias to support the fight against Tigrayan forces. The statement came roughly six weeks after the government declared a unilateral ceasefire in the northern region of Tigray. It was not immediately possible to contact the spokesperson for Tigrayan forces, or Abiy's representative, for comment. War broke out in November between federal troops and forces from the Tigray People's Liberation Front, which controls Tigray.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Abiy Ahmed, Ayenat Mersie, Kevin Liffey Organizations: REUTERS, Ethiopian, Tigrayan, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Adwa, Tigray, Ethiopia, NAIROBI, Amhara, Afar
Ethiopians fleeing from the Tigray region arrive by boat to Sudan after crossing a river between the two countries, near the Hamdayet refugee transit camp, Sudan, December 1, 2020. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File PhotoKHARTOUM, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Sudan recalled its ambassador to neighbouring Ethiopia on Sunday, frustrated by the stance of Ethiopian officials whom it said were refusing Sudan's offer to mediate in the ongoing conflict in Tigray. Spokespeople for the Ethiopian ministry of foreign affairs and the prime minister did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Sudan recalling its ambassador. On Thursday the prime minister's spokeswoman, Billene Seyoum, dismissed the possibility of Sudan mediating on the conflict in the northern region of Tigray. 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.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Abdalla Hamdok, Antony Blinken, Spokespeople, Billene Seyoum, Khalid Abdelaziz, Giulia Paravicini, Nadine Awadalla, Christina Fincher Organizations: REUTERS, Sudan's, U.S, IGAD, Ethiopian, Al, Ethiopia’s, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Sudan, KHARTOUM, Ethiopia, Ethiopian, Kenya, Uganda, Djibouti, Somalia, Khartoum, Egypt, Olbia, Italy
REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File PhotoMOSCOW, Aug 4 (Reuters) - Russia has blocked DeviantArt, an online community for artists and designers that is popular with Russians, over its failure to remove prohibited content, state communications regulator Roskomnadzor said on Wednesday. DeviantArt is an online community based in Los Angeles for artists and designers with more than 60 million registered users. Roskomnadzor said it had sent 145 requests to DeviantArt to remove unlawful content from its site since 2019, saying certain pages contained child pornography, pro-drug and pro-Nazi content, as well as other prohibited images. Roskomnadzor said it had restricted access to DeviantArt on Tuesday as the site had been ignoring its demands. Moscow routinely fines social media giants for similarly failing to remove banned content, part of a wider standoff between Russia and Big Tech.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Roskomnadzor, DeviantArt, Alexander Marrow, Lisa Shumaker, Sandra Maler Organizations: REUTERS, Big Tech, Wix.com, Thomson Locations: Tel Aviv, Israel, Russia, Los Angeles, Moscow
Workers uncover a bag used to converted water hyacinth into biogas, near the town of Kisumu, Kenya June 9, 2021. REUTERS/Baz RatnerKISUMU, Kenya July 27 (Reuters) - A project in Kenya is using biogas technology to tackle two major pollution problems with one device: a machine that converts waste such as invasive water hyacinth into cleaner cooking fuel. Biogas International, a Kenyan energy technology company, is partnering with drugmaker AstraZeneca (AZN.L) and the Institute for Sustainability Leadership at the University of Cambridge. The machines run on waste such as ground-up water hyacinth, which has carpeted large parts of Lake Victoria, a freshwater lake between Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. "Water hyacinth is a blessing in disguise," said Biogas International CEO Dominic Kahumbu.
Persons: Baz Ratner, drugmaker, Tony Otieno, hyacinth, Dominic Kahumbu, Fred Ouko, Nazanine Moshiri, Maggie Fick, Alison Williams Organizations: REUTERS, drugmaker AstraZeneca, Institute for Sustainability, University of Cambridge, World Health Organization, Bank, Thomson Locations: Kisumu, Kenya, Baz Ratner KISUMU, Kenyan, Lake Victoria, Uganda, Tanzania
A bus carrying displaced people arrives at the Tsehaye primary school, which was turned into a temporary shelter for people displaced by conflict, in the town of Shire, Tigray region, Ethiopia, March 14, 2021. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File PhotoGENEVA, July 27 (Reuters) - Some 24,000 Eritrean refugee are trapped in two camps in Ethiopia's Tigray region, cut off from humanitarian aid and where food rations may have run out, the United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday. "The last food distribution to the two refugee camps was done during the month of June, the ration supplies then were only enough for 30 days," Babar Baloch, spokesman of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told a Geneva news briefing. "There is a real danger of hunger among these refugees if supplies do not resume as they may have already run out of food supplies that were given to them," he said. Conflict broke out between the Ethiopian central government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) in November.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Mai Aini, Adi Harush, Babar Baloch, Baloch, Stephanie Nebehay, Giles Elgood Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations, Refugees, UNHCR, World Health Organization, Ethiopian, Mekelle, Thomson Locations: Shire, Tigray, Ethiopia, GENEVA, Ethiopia's Tigray, Geneva, Mekelle
Check Point Software Q2 profit, revenue beat estimates
  + stars: | 2021-07-26 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
A man stands next to the logo of Check Point Software Technologies at its headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel, August 14, 2016. REUTERS/Baz RatnerJERUSALEM, July 26 (Reuters) - Check Point Software Technologies (CHKP.O) reported on Monday a higher-than-expected 2% rise in second quarter net profit and 4% increase in revenue. Israel-based Check Point said it earned $1.61 per diluted share excluding one-time items in the quarter, up from $1.58 a year earlier. It was forecast to earn $1.56 a share on revenue of $523.8 million, according to I/B/E/S data from Refinitiv. Check Point said it bought back 2.7 million shares in the quarter worth $325 million as part of its share repurchase programme.
Persons: Baz Ratner JERUSALEM, Gil Shwed, Ari Rabinovitch Organizations: Software Technologies, REUTERS, Revenue, Thomson Locations: Tel Aviv, Israel
Berhanu, from Addis Ababa, said he has been unable to speak to his daughter, a fourth-year student at Mekelle University, since phone lines went down on June 29, the day after Tigrayan forces retook the regional capital Mekelle. The parents' committee said students were stranded at four universities in Tigray, including Mekelle, after the conflict severed communications and transport links. read moreWar erupted in Tigray in November between the Ethiopian military and the region's ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF). At the end of June, the TPLF seized back control of Mekelle and most of Tigray after government soldiers withdrew. The conflict spilled out of Tigray into Afar this week, threatening a key road linking the Ethiopian capital to the port of Djibouti.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Banks, Mekelle, Elias Biryabarema, Katharine Houreld, Nick Tattersall Organizations: REUTERS, Mekelle University, Reuters, Humanitarian Affairs, Ethiopian, Thomson Locations: Adwa, Tigray, Ethiopia, ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia's, Addis Ababa, Mekelle, Afar, Djibouti
REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File PhotoJuly 21 (Reuters) - Coca-Cola Co (KO.N) raised its full-year sales and profit forecasts on Wednesday, as demand rebounds for its beverages from the re-opening of theaters, restaurants and stadiums. Revenue in Coca-Cola's North America business rose 28% in the second quarter, helped by the vaccine-aided reopening of public venues and easing of capacity restrictions across the United States. The company said it expects annual organic revenue to rise 12% to 14%, compared with its prior forecast of a high single digits increase. Annual adjusted earnings per share are expected to rise 13% to 15%, compared with a prior forecast of a high single digits to low double digits increase. Net revenue rose 42% to $10.1 billion in the second quarter ended July 2.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Uday Sampath, Sriraj Organizations: Coca, REUTERS, Cola, Revenue, Thomson Locations: Nairobi, Kenya, Coca, America, United States, Bengaluru
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
A woman carries an infant as she queues in line for food, at the Tsehaye primary school, which was turned into a temporary shelter for people displaced by conflict, in the town of Shire, Tigray region, Ethiopia, March 15, 2021. REUTERS/Baz RatnerADDIS ABABA, July 7 (Reuters) - Ethiopia said on Wednesday that it had allowed humanitarian flights to its northern Tigray region this week, amid concerns that aid is not reaching people facing famine, but the civil aviation head said no such flights had yet left the capital. "Since Monday July 5, 2021, the Federal government has granted flight permission for all interested parties to provide humanitarian services in Tigray region," authorities said on Twitter. But Wesenyeleh Hunegnaw, director-general of the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, said no such flights had taken off from Addis Ababa this week. read moreAlso on Friday, the government denied blocking humanitarian aid to Tigray and said it was rebuilding infrastructure amid accusations it is using hunger as a weapon.
Persons: Baz Ratner ADDIS, Abiy Ahmed's, Wesenyeleh Hunegnaw, Mekelle, Dawit Endeshaw, Omar Mohammed, Maggie Fick, Nick Macfie Organizations: REUTERS, Federal, Twitter, Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Reuters, The United Nations, Thomson Locations: Shire, Tigray, Ethiopia, Baz Ratner ADDIS ABABA, Mekelle, Addis Ababa
UK urges end to violence in Tigray
  + stars: | 2021-07-01 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File PhotoLONDON, July 1 (Reuters) - Britain urged all parties to pull back from the violence in Tigray and allow humanitarian workers access to the area on Thursday, after the Ethiopian government declared a unilateral ceasefire earlier this week. "We welcome the Government of Ethiopia’s announcement of a humanitarian ceasefire in Tigray and urge all other parties to the conflict to make similar announcements," a spokesperson for the Foreign Office said. "The violence must now stop and unfettered humanitarian access granted. Eritrean forces should also leave Tigray." Reporting by Kate Holton; editing by William JamesOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Kate Holton, William James Our Organizations: REUTERS, Ethiopian, Foreign, Thomson Locations: Shire, Tigray, Ethiopia, Britain
Eritrean forces no longer visible in Ethiopian town of Shire
  + stars: | 2021-06-29 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
A building is seen through a bullet hole in a window of the Africa Hotel in the town of Shire, Tigray region, Ethiopia, March 17, 2021. REUTERS/Baz RatnerGONDAR, Ethiopia June 29 (Reuters) - Eritrean forces are no longer visible in the town of Shire in Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray, a witness told Reuters on Tuesday, following days of territorial gains by the Tigrayan forces battling Ethiopia's government. The witness, who declined to be named for security reasons, said the Eritrean soldiers had not been seen since Monday night. A second resident confirmed there was a large movement of Eritrean troops out of Shire towards a town in the north. Reporting by Giulia Paravicini; Writing by Katharine Houreld; Editing by Catherine EvansOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Baz Ratner GONDAR, Ethiopia's, Giulia Paravicini, Katharine Houreld, Catherine Evans Organizations: REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Africa, Shire, Tigray, Ethiopia, Ethiopia's
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
A building is seen through a bullet hole in a window of the Africa Hotel in the town of Shire, Tigray region, Ethiopia, March 17, 2021. Video footage from a resident in the northern town of Shire who said government-allied Eritrean forces had pulled out showed similar scenes. The Ethiopian military spokesman, Eritrean information minister and Amahara regional spokesman all said they were unable to comment. On Tuesday, residents said Eritrean forces could no longer be seen in Shire, a large town at the junction of several main roads. Another resident in Shire told Reuters "overnight there was a massive movement of Eritrean troops from Axum, Shire to Sheraro direction."
Persons: Baz Ratner, Reda, General Antonio Guterres, Doctors, Giulia Paravicini, Katharine Houreld, Catherine Evans Organizations: REUTERS, Ethiopian, Reuters, Diplomats, . Security, Shire, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Africa, Shire, Tigray, Ethiopia, GONDAR, Mekelle, Ethiopia's, Amhara, Eritrea, Axum, Sheraro
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