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World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, gestures during a news conference in Beirut, Lebanon September 17, 2021. However, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus lacks the support of his native Ethiopia due to friction over the Tigray conflict, the sources told Reuters. An Ethiopian former health minister from the Tigray region, Tedros became the WHO's first African director-general in 2017. The formal appointment is scheduled for May 2022 at the World Health Assembly. One of the sources following the election said several countries outside Africa would be willing to nominate Tedros, if needed.
Persons: Tedros Adhanom, Mohamed Azakir, Tedros, Trump, Billene Seyoum, Dina Mufti, Africa's, Kamau, Okello Oryem, Donald Trump, Biden, Emma Farge, Francesco Guarascio, Giulia Paravicini, Duncan Miriri, Elias Biryabarema, Katharine Houreld, Josephine Mason, Angus MacSwan Organizations: Health Organization, WHO, REUTERS, Health, Reuters, Ethiopian, Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Ministry, World Health Assembly, African, U.S, Thomson Locations: Beirut, Lebanon, GENEVA, Ethiopia, Tigray, Addis Ababa, Ethiopian, China, Tedros, Sudan, Somalia, South Sudan, African, Kenya, Kampala, Africa, West, Geneva, Brussels, Addis Abbaba, Nairobi
In 2018, Kidanemariam was serving as Ethiopia's consul general in Los Angeles and said he helped organize Abiy's visit. He expected Abiy, who preached a political philosophy of inclusion, to chide the crowd, but he said nothing. Later, over lunch, when Kidanemariam asked why, he said Abiy told him: "There was nothing to correct." Abiy receives the Nobel Peace Prize during a ceremony in Oslo, Norway, in December 2019. "I am of the strongest opinion that the Nobel Prize Committee is responsible for what is happening in Ethiopia, at least partially.
Persons: , Abiy Ahmed, Africa's, Kidanemariam, Abiy, he'd, heckles, Abiy's, Billene Seyoum, Hailemariam, backsliding, Ahmed Soliman, William Davidson, Rashid Abdi, Abdi, Isaias Afwerki, Mehari, Isaias, Goitom Gebreluel Organizations: CNN, University of Southern, Ethiopian, Ethiopia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abiy's, Addis Standard, Addis, Prosperity Party, Chatham House, International Crisis, United, West, European University Institute Locations: University of Southern California, Los Angeles, United States, Africa, Eritrea, Ethiopia's, Tigray, Washington , DC, Oslo, Norway, Abiy, West, Ethiopia, Oromia, of Africa, Bahir Dar, Addis Ababa, Tigrayan, Wukro, Kenya, Horn of Africa, Amhara, Taddele Maru, South
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
Ethiopian porters unload food aid bound for victims of war after a checkpoint leading to Tigray in Mai Tsebri town, Ethiopia June 26, 2021. REUTERS/StringerNAIROBI, Sept 2 (Reuters) - A de facto blockade on aid to the Tigray region in Ethiopia's north is bringing millions of people to the brink of famine, the United Nations humanitarian agency said on Thursday, warning of "looming catastrophe". War broke out in November between Ethiopia's federal troops and forces loyal to the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which controls the Tigray region. At a news conference on Thursday, the Prime Minister's spokesperson Billene Seyoum once again dismissed allegations that the Ethiopian government is blocking aid. Reporting by Nairobi newsroom Writing by Giulia Paravicini Editing by Maggie Fick and Frances KerryOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Stringer, OCHA, Billene Seyoum, Billene, Giulia Paravicini, Maggie Fick, Frances Kerry Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations, Ethiopian, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Mai Tsebri, Ethiopia, Stringer NAIROBI, Ethiopia's, Semera, Mekelle, Nairobi
Sister Tsehaynesh Gebrehiwot attends to Aamanuel Merhawi, aged one year and eight months, who suffers from severe acute malnutrition, at the Wukro hospital, Tigray region, Ethiopia, July 11, 2021. REUTERS/Giulia Paravicini/File PhotoNAIROBI, Aug 20 (Reuters) - For the first time in nine months of war in Ethiopia's Tigray region, aid workers will this week run out of food to deliver to millions of people who are going hungry there, the head of the U.S. government's humanitarian agency said. War broke out in November between Ethiopian troops and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which controls the region. On Thursday, the U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an immediate ceasefire and unrestricted aid access in Tigray. Abiy's spokesperson told a news conference last week that 277 trucks of aid have entered Tigray, without specify the time period in which the trucks entered.
Persons: Tsehaynesh Gebrehiwot, Aamanuel Merhawi, Giulia Paravicini, Samantha Power, Antonio Guterres, Power, Spokespeople, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy's, Billene Seyoum, Maggie Fick, Ayenat, John Stonestreet Organizations: REUTERS, USAID, U.S . Agency for International Development, Ethiopian, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Ethiopia, NAIROBI, Ethiopia's Tigray, Mekelle
Ethiopia's Tigray forces seek new military alliance
  + stars: | 2021-08-11 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Stringer/File PhotoNAIROBI, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Forces from Ethiopia's rebellious Tigray region said on Wednesday they were in talks to forge a military alliance with insurgents from Ethiopia's most populous region, Oromiya, heaping pressure on the central government in Addis Ababa. The move could signal an escalation in the country's nine-month old war and comes a day after the government urged citizens to join the fight against resurgent Tigrayan forces. read more"We are in talks with the Oromo Liberation Army," Debretsion Gebremichael, leader of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), told Reuters by satellite phone. read moreThe government declared a unilateral ceasefire in June, after Tigrayan forces recaptured the regional capital of Mekelle. Tigrayan forces have dismissed the ceasefire, saying the government should agree to their conditions for a truce.
Persons: Stringer, Gebremichael, Getachew, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy's, Billene Seyoum, Giulia Paravicini, Maggie Fick, Giles Elgood Organizations: Ethiopia's National Defense Force, Tigray Special Forces, REUTERS, Forces, Tigrayan, Oromo Liberation Army, Reuters, OLA, Ethiopian, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Humera, Ethiopia, NAIROBI, Ethiopia's, Addis Ababa, Afar, Amhara, Ethiopian, Oromo, Sudan, Mekelle, Olbia, Italy, Nairobi
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
KHARTOUM, Aug 2 (Reuters) - At least 30 corpses have washed up on the Sudanese banks of a river that abuts Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray, according to two Ethiopian refugees and four Sudanese witnesses who told Reuters on Monday they had retrieved the bodies. At a different point the river also separates Sudan from Ethiopia. But the accounts of the Ethiopian refugees were bolstered by witnesses in Sudan. The village is about 42 kilometers (26 miles) from Hamdayet camp in Sudan, where the Ethiopian refugees found the bodies. War erupted eight months ago between Ethiopia's central government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), the party that controls Tigray.
Persons: Tewodros Tefera, Humera, , Redwan Hussein, Getnet Adane, Billene Seyoum, Tigrayan, Khalid Abdelaziz, Giulia Paravicini, Katharine Houreld, Howard Goller Organizations: Reuters, Ethiopian, Thomson Locations: KHARTOUM, Tigray, Ethiopia, Sudan, Ethiopian, Humera, Kassala, Tigrayans, Amhara, Afar, Khartoum, Nafisa, Cairo
An Ethiopian refugee fleeing from the ongoing fighting in Tigray region, holds her new born baby's foot at the Um-Rakoba camp, on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in the Al-Qadarif state, Sudan November 23, 2020. "UNICEF estimates that over 100,000 children in Tigray could suffer from life-threatening severe acute malnutrition in the next 12 months – a tenfold increase compared to the average annual caseload," she said. Spokespeople for the prime minister and a government task for Tigray did not immediately respond to requests for comment on UNICEF's estimates. Fighting began between the Ethiopian central government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) last November. Children, women and other civilians bear the scars of the conflict and trauma endured, Mercado said.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Marixie Mercado, Abiy Ahmed's, Billene Seyoum, Mercado, Tomson Phiri, Jens Laerke, Maggie Fick, Alison Williams, Nick Macfie Organizations: REUTERS, UNICEF, Children's Fund, Fighting, Ethiopian, Programme, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, GENEVA, Geneva, Mekelle, Semera, U.N, 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
Supporters of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed stand near a banner, as they attend his last campaign event ahead of Ethiopia's parliamentary and regional elections scheduled for June 21, in Jimma, Ethiopia, June 16, 2021. read moreMonday's elections will be the first test of voter support for Abiy's government. Abiy said on Twitter this week the polls would be "the nation's first attempt at free and fair elections." The elections were originally scheduled for August 2020, but Abiy postponed them citing the COVID-19 pandemic. The TPLF held elections in Tigray anyway, setting it on a collision course with the government.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Billene Seyoum, Merera, Gebisa, Ararsa Merdasa, Balderas, Eskinder, Birhanu Nega, Giulia Paravicini, Katharine Houreld, Grant McCool Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, Abiy, Twitter, Abiy's Prosperity, Oromo Federalist Congress, Genuine Democracy, Ethiopian Citizens, Social Justice, Prosperity Party, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Jimma, Ethiopia, Abiy ADDIS ABABA, Eritrea, Tigray, Oromiya, Amhara
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
Ethiopian journalist Dessu Dulla who works at the Oromia News Network (ONN) reads the news bulletin inside their studios in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia May 25, 2021. Three years on, Dessu and four other Ethiopian journalists interviewed by Reuters say they once again fear a knock on the door. At least 21 journalists and media workers have been detained since early 2020, some international media watchdogs say. The EMA said "freedom of expression and the protection of the press are sacred values that are enshrined in the Ethiopian constitution." An unidentified gunman shot dead Ethiopian journalist Dawit Kebede Araya, who worked for Tigray state TV, in the regional capital Mekelle in January.
Persons: Dessu Dulla, Abiy Ahmed, Dessu, Muthoki Mumo, Billene Seyoum, Billene, general's, Mohammed Edris, Medihane, Kumerra Gemechu, Simon Marks, Marks, Michael Slackman, Dawit Kebede Araya, Sisay Fida, Abiy, Godebo, Hailemariam, Meles Zenawi, Daniel Bekele, Ararsa Merdassa Organizations: Oromia News Network, REUTERS, Ethiopia's, Reuters, Protect Journalists, Ethiopian Media Authority, EMA, Addis, Ethiopian Press Agency, Irish, The New York Times, International, Times, Oromia Broadcasting Network, International Press Institute, Fojo Media, Sweden's Linnaeus University, International Media, United Nations, Rights Watch, Dessu's Oromia News Network, Oromiya Police, Thomson Locations: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Netherlands, Saharan Africa, Ethiopian, Tigray, Mekelle, Oromiya region's, Kenya, South Africa, New York, Oromo, Oromiya, York
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
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
“Women say they have been raped by armed actors, they also told stories of gang rape, rape in front of family members and men being forced to rape their own family members under the threat of violence,” Wafaa Said, deputy U.N. aid coordinator in Ethiopia, said in a briefing to U.N. member states in New York. She said at least 516 rape cases had been reported by five medical facilities in Mekelle, Adigrat, Wukro, Shire and Axum. The violence in Tigray has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands from their homes in the mountainous region of about 5 million. This week, Abiy acknowledged for the first time that atrocities such as rape had been committed and said any soldiers committing crimes would be punished. Dozens of witnesses in Tigray have told Reuters that Eritrean soldiers routinely killed civilians, gang-raped and tortured women and looted households and crops.
Persons: ” Wafaa Said, Abiy Ahmed, Redwan Hussein, Billene Seyoum, Mulu Nega, Osman Saleh Mohammed, Yemane Gebremeskel, ” Said, , Antony Blinken, Abiy Organizations: YORK, United Nations, Ethiopian, Eritrea’s, U.S, Reuters, Eritrean Locations: Ethiopia’s Tigray, Ethiopia, New York, Mekelle, Wukro, Shire, Axum, , Tigray, Eritrea, Billene
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
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Two U.S. senators have called on their government to consider imposing sanctions on any political or military officials found to be responsible for human rights violations during a month of conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region. REUTERS/Baz RatnerThe proposed resolution was introduced on Wednesday by Senator Ben Cardin, a Democrat, and Senator Jim Risch, a Republican. Ethiopia’s state-appointed human rights commission’s initial report found that an estimated 600 civilians were killed in that attack. RESTORING ORDERU.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said in Geneva on Wednesday that events in Tigray were still “worrying and volatile”. “There is an urgent need for independent monitoring of the human rights situation in the Tigray region, all necessary measures to protect civilians, and accountability for violations,” Bachelet said.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Ben Cardin, Jim Risch, Cardin, Risch, Abiy, ” Cardin, Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, ” Bachelet, Abiy’s, Billene Seyoum, , Bob Menendez, U.N, Antonio Guterres Organizations: REUTERS, Democrat, Republican, Ethiopian, United Nations, Reuters, Amnesty, Human Rights, Refugees Locations: NAIROBI, Ethiopia’s, Tigray, Sudan, United States, Ethiopia, Mekelle, Mai Kadra, Geneva
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The leader of Ethiopia’s rebellious Tigrayan forces said on Friday that protests were breaking out in the regional capital which fell to federal troops days ago in their month-long war. FILE PHOTO: Debretsion Gebremichael, Tigray Regional President in Mekele, Tigray Region, Ethiopia June 26, 2019. With communications largely down and access for media restricted, claims from all sides have been impossible to verify. “Our priority in the region now is to restore peace, stability and order,” the 52-year-old former academic told state-run EBC. Abiy took office two years ago after nearly three decades of TPLF-led government following the overthrow of Marxist dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam in 1991.
Persons: Abiy, Gebremichael, , Isaias Afwerki, Billene Seyoum, Mulu Nega, Mai Kadra, Mengistu Haile Mariam, Abiy’s, Chris Smith, Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Tigray Regional, REUTERS, Tiksa, Abiy, United Nations, Administration of, U.S, Congressional Locations: ADDIS, Tigray, Mekele, Tigray Region, Ethiopia, Mekelle, Sudan, Eritrea, Administration of Tigray, Humera, U.S, Africa
FILE PHOTO: Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks during a question and answer session with lawmakers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, November 30, 2020. Fighting between Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s federal army and forces loyal to the region’s former ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), erupted on Nov. 4. TPLF leaders, who enjoy strong popular support in Tigray, appear to have fled to surrounding mountains and say they have begun a guerrilla-style resistance. In Sudan, refugees recounted horror stories of fleeing from Tigray along roads strewn with bodies and also spoke of Eritrean involvement. The TPLF accuses Abiy, their former political partner, of trying to increase personal power over Ethiopia’s 10 regions.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, , Isaias Afwerki, Billene Seyoum, General Tesfaye Ayalew, , ‘ WE, Mulu Nega, Tewodros Tesera, ” Abiy Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Ethiopia's, REUTERS, Tiksa, Fana TV, Convoys, The, Nations, Administration of, Eritrean Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Eritrea, Tigray, Sudan, Mekelle, Mekelle city, Abiy’s, Administration of Tigray, Humera
War not over, says Ethiopia's Tigrayan forces leader
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Debretsion Gebremichael, Tigray Regional President in Mekele, Tigray Region, Ethiopia June 26, 2019. The war in Tigray region has killed hundreds and probably thousands, sent refugees into Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, impacted a peacekeeping mission in Somalia, and heightened frictions between Ethiopia’s myriad ethnic groups. “I’m close to Mekelle in Tigray fighting the invaders,” he said. Debretsion added that his soldiers had captured some Eritreans fighting alongside the Ethiopian federal forces. Claims from all sides are difficult to verify since phone and internet links to Tigray region have been largely down and access tightly controlled since the war began on Nov. 4.
Persons: Debretsion Gebremichael, “ I’m, , Debretsion, Billene Seyoum, Abiy Ahmed Organizations: Tigray Regional, REUTERS, Tiksa, Ethiopian, Reuters, Federal Locations: Tigray, Mekele, Tigray Region, Ethiopia, Tiksa Negeri ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Mekelle, Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, Somalia, South Sudan, Asmara
FILE PHOTO: Debretsion Gebremichael, Tigray Regional President in Mekele, Tigray Region, Ethiopia June 26, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri“I’m close to Mekelle in Tigray fighting the invaders,” Debretsion Gebremichael told Reuters in a text message, which the government dismissed as a deluded claim. The war in Tigray region has killed hundreds and probably thousands, sent refugees into Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, impeded a peacekeeping mission in Somalia, and heightened frictions between Ethiopia’s myriad ethnic groups. Both sides have spoken of hundreds of dead in the Tigray war, and diplomats believe the toll is in the thousands. The battle-hardened TPLF helped to topple Ethiopia’s Marxist dictatorship in 1991 and knows how to exploit its mountainous terrain and borders with Sudan and Eritrea.
Persons: ” Debretsion Gebremichael, Abiy, Debretsion, Billene Seyoum, Debretsion’s, , TPLF, Ethiopia’s, al Organizations: Tigray Regional, REUTERS, Negeri, Negeri “ I’m, Reuters, Federal, U.S . State Department, Diplomats, African Union peacekeeping Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Ethiopia, Mekelle, Tigray, Mekele, Tigray Region, Negeri “, Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, Somalia, South Sudan, Eritrea, Wukro, Asmara, al Qaeda
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed lauded his troops on Monday for ousting a rebellious northern movement, but the leader of Tigrayan forces said they were still resisting amid fears of a protracted guerrilla conflict. FILE PHOTO: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks during a media conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, October 29, 2018. Michel Euler/Pool via REUTERSThe nearly month-long war has killed hundreds and probably thousands of people, sent refugees into Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, and stirred rivalries among Ethiopia’s myriad ethnic groups. The battle-hardened TPLF helped topple Ethiopia’s Marxist dictatorship in 1991 and knows how to exploit its mountains and borders with Sudan and Eritrea. The government blamed the killings on a Tigrayan youth group with the aid of local forces, but the TPLF denied any collusion.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Tigrayan, Michel Euler, ” Abiy, , , Mekelle, Abiy, , Debretsion Gebremichael, “ I’m, Billene Seyoum, Redwan Hussein, TPLF, Ethiopia’s, Tigrayans, Mai Kadra Organizations: Ethiopia’s, Ethiopian, REUTERS, Federal, American, Reuters, Diplomats, Republican Guard, Cross Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Paris, France, Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, Mekelle, Tigray, South Sudan, Eritrea, Wukro, Ethiopia, Abiy, Mai
The nearly month-long war has killed hundreds and probably thousands of people, sent refugees into Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, and stirred rivalries among Ethiopia’s myriad ethnic groups. The United States expressed concern about continued fighting and called for a complete end to hostilities and for dialogue. “I’m close to Mekelle in Tigray fighting the invaders,” he told Reuters in a text message. The battle-hardened TPLF helped topple Ethiopia’s Marxist dictatorship in 1991 and knows how to exploit its mountains and borders with Sudan and Eritrea. The government blamed the killings on a Tigrayan youth group with the aid of local forces, but the TPLF denied any collusion.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Tigrayan, ” Abiy, , , Mekelle, Abiy, , Debretsion Gebremichael, “ I’m, Billene Seyoum, Redwan Hussein, TPLF, Ethiopia’s, Tigrayans, Mai Kadra, Mike Pompeo, Pompeo, Antonio Guterres, General Organizations: Ethiopia’s, Federal, American, Washington, United Nations, Reuters, Diplomats, Republican Guard, Cross, State Department Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, Mekelle, Tigray, States, South Sudan, Eritrea, Wukro, Ethiopia, Abiy, Mai
FILE PHOTO: Debretsion Gebremichael, Tigray Regional President, attends the funeral ceremony of Ethiopia's Army Chief of Staff Seare Mekonnen in Mekele, Tigray Region, Ethiopia June 26, 219. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File PhotoADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - The leader of Ethiopia’s rebellious northern forces said on Monday he was still fighting close to the regional capital of Mekelle after it was captured by government troops. Debretsion Gebremichael, who heads the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), also told Reuters in a text message that some Eritrean soldiers fighting alongside the Ethiopian federal forces had been taken prisoner by his side. There was no immediate comment from the Eritrean government, though at the start of the more than three-week conflict it had denied involvement. Claims from all sides are difficult to verify since phone and internet links to Tigray region have been largely down and access tightly controlled since the war began on Nov. 4.
Persons: Staff Seare Mekonnen, ADDIS, Debretsion Gebremichael, Billene Seyoum, Abiy Ahmed, Organizations: Tigray Regional President, Ethiopia's Army, Staff, REUTERS, Tiksa, Reuters, Ethiopian Locations: Tigray, Mekele, Tigray Region, Ethiopia, ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Mekelle
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