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ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Dozens of people died in an attack early Wednesday by gunmen in Ethiopia’s western region of Benishangul-Gumuz, residents told Reuters, the latest deadly violence between rival ethnic groups in the region. One farmer in the town of Bulen told Reuters he saw dozens of dead bodies in a field near his home. Another resident of the town, who said armed men stormed the area around 6.00 a.m. (0300 GMT), told Reuters he counted 20 bodies in a different location. An official from the region who spoke on condition of anonymity said authorities were aware of the attack and were verifying details of the identities of the attackers and the victims, but did not give further information. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the military’s chief of staff Birhanu Jula visited the region on Tuesday to urge peace after a number of deadly incidents in recent months.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Birhanu Jula Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Ethiopian Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia’s, Benishangul, Bulen
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) -Dozens of people died in a dawn attack on Wednesday by unknown gunmen in Ethiopia’s western region of Benishangul-Gumuz, residents told Reuters, the latest deadly violence in the area. Even before the Tigray war erupted last month, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government had been grappling with rising insecurity in many parts of the country. 82 BODIES COUNTED IN FIELDBelay Wajera, a farmer in the western town of Bulen, told Reuters he counted 82 dead bodies in a field near his home after Wednesday’s dawn attack. The most recent previous attack in the area was on Nov. 14, when gunmen targeted a bus and killed 34 people. The prime minister’s spokeswoman did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Wednesday’s attack.
Persons: Abiy, , Hassen Yimama, Birhanu Jula, ” Abiy Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Federal, United Nations Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia’s, Benishangul, Africa, Tigray, Bulen, Ethiopia, Metekel
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopian federal forces have taken “full control” of the Tigray region’s capital Mekelle, the military’s chief of staff Birhanu Jula said in a statement posted on the military’s official Facebook page on Saturday evening. Authorities had said earlier that government forces were in the final stages of an offensive in the region and would take care to protect civilians in Mekelle, a city of 500,000 people. There was no immediate comment from the Tigrayan forces in the northern region who have been fighting government troops. Claims from all sides are difficult to verify since phone and internet links to the region have been down and access has been tightly controlled since fighting began on Nov. 4.
Persons: Birhanu Jula Organizations: Ethiopian, Authorities Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Mekelle
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopian troops have taken “full control” of the Tigray region’s capital Mekelle, the government said on Saturday evening, a major development in a three-week-old war that is sending shockwaves through the Horn of Africa. He said police were searching for the leaders of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), who have been fighting federal forces in the northern region since Nov. 4. The army chief of staff, Birhanu Jula, also announced that government forces had taken control of Mekelle, in a statement on the military’s official Facebook page. State television said that federal forces were in full control of the city by 7 p.m. Abiy accuses Tigrayan leaders of starting the war by attacking federal troops at a base in Tigray.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, , Abiy, Birhanu Jula, Tigrayan Organizations: Ethiopian, , Federal, Authorities, Northern Command Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Mekelle, Horn of Africa, Sudan, Eritrea
Ethiopia says its military now controls the Tigray capital
  + stars: | 2020-11-28 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com   time to read: +5 min
Ethiopians gather to show their support to federal government forces fighting against the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) at Abebe Bikila Stadium in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on November 17, 2020. Ethiopia's military has gained full control of the capital of the defiant Tigray region, the army announced Saturday after Tigray TV reported that the city of a half-million people was being "heavily bombarded" in the final push to arrest the region's leaders. "The United States is gravely concerned about the worsening situation in the Tigray region," the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Kelly Craft, tweeted after the reported bombardment began. As Ethiopian forces moved in, Maj. Gen. Hassan Ibrahim vowed to capture the city "on all fronts." The Tigray region has been almost entirely cut off from the outside world since Nov. 4, when Abiy announced a military offensive in response to a TPLF attack on a military base.
Persons: Birhanu Jula, Abiy Ahmed, Humanitarians, TPLF, Kelly Craft, Pope Francis, Abiy, Hassan Ibrahim, Antonio Guterres, Filippo Grandi, Grandi, Abiy's Organizations: Tigray TV, United Nations, Ethiopian, African, Ethiopian News Agency, International Committee, Cross, Umm, Associated Press, AP Locations: Tigray, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Mekele, United States, U.S, Maj, of Africa, Sudan, Umm Rakouba
FILE PHOTO: World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference in Geneva Switzerland July 3, 2020. Fabrice Coffrini/Pool via REUTERS//File PhotoADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s military accused World Health Organization (WHO) head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Thursday of supporting and trying to procure arms and diplomatic support for Tigray state’s dominant political party, which is fighting federal troops. “This man is a member of that group and he has been doing everything to support them,” army chief of staff General Birhanu Jula said in a televised statement. A WHO spokesman said there was no immediate comment on the accusation against Tedros, an Ethiopian of Tigrayan descent who served as health minister in a former government coalition led by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
Persons: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Fabrice Coffrini, ADDIS, Ghebreyesus, Birhanu Jula, Tedros Organizations: Health Organization, WHO, REUTERS, Reuters, World Health Organization Locations: Geneva Switzerland, Tigray
ADDIS ABABA/GENEVA (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s military accused the World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Thursday of supporting and trying to procure arms and diplomatic backing for Tigray state’s dominant political party, which is fighting federal forces. FILE PHOTO: World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference in Geneva Switzerland July 3, 2020. There was no immediate WHO comment on the allegation against Tedros, who is Ethiopian of Tigrayan ethnicity. Tedros served as Ethiopia’s health minister and foreign minister from 2005-2016 in a ruling coalition led by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). Birhanu accused Tedros of using his international platform to try to get diplomatic support and weapons for the TPLF.
Persons: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Fabrice Coffrini, Birhanu Jula, Birhanu, Tedros, Ahmed Abiy, Abiy, , , ” Birhanu, Donald Trump, Trump Organizations: World Health Organization, WHO, Health Organization, REUTERS Locations: ADDIS ABABA, GENEVA, Tigray, Geneva Switzerland, United States, China, Ethiopia, United, Geneva
The government says the TPLF has turned renegade and is holding power in Tigray illegally. Experts on Ethiopia are sceptical that the government can dislodge the TPLF, which has a long history of guerrilla warfare from mountainous Tigray. “Mr Abiy’s declared war aim is to impose federal control on Tigray,” Ethiopia expert Alex de Waal wrote this week. The TPLF has fired rockets at Eritrea, while Ethiopia has removed weapons from ethnic Tigrayan soldiers in its peacekeeping contingent in Somalia. In the capital Addis Ababa, there have been blood donations for federal soldiers, but also sadness about Ethiopians fighting each other.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Joe Biden’s, Redwan Hussein, , Abiy, Mulu Nega, Debretsion Gebremichael, Mekelle, Abiy’s, Tedros Adhanom, Birhanu Jula, Bihanu, , Antony Blinken, Mr Abiy’s, Alex de Waal Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, World Health Organization, WHO, Ethiopian Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia, Tigray, Sudan, Horn of Africa, U.S, Mekelle, Tigrayans, Shire, Axum, Alamata, Amhara, South Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea, Addis Ababa
The government says the TPLF has turned renegade and is holding power in Tigray illegally. Experts on Ethiopia are sceptical that the government can dislodge the TPLF, which has a long history of guerrilla warfare from mountainous Tigray. “Mr Abiy’s declared war aim is to impose federal control on Tigray,” Ethiopia expert Alex de Waal wrote this week. The TPLF has fired rockets at Eritrea, while Ethiopia has removed weapons from ethnic Tigrayan soldiers in its peacekeeping contingent in Somalia. In the capital Addis Ababa, there have been blood donations for federal soldiers, but also sadness about Ethiopians fighting each other.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Joe Biden’s, Redwan Hussein, , Abiy, Mulu Nega, Tigrayans, Abiy’s, Tedros Adhanom, Birhanu Jula, Bihanu, , Antony Blinken, Mr Abiy’s, Alex de Waal Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, World Health Organization, WHO, Meles Academy University, Ethiopian Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia, Tigray, Sudan, Mekelle, Horn of Africa, U.S, Tigrayans, Shire, Axum, Alamata, Amhara, South Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea, Addis Ababa
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sacked his army chief, head of intelligence and foreign minister on Sunday, as the military continued a five-day old offensive in the restive Tigray region with a new round of air strikes. Abiy’s office said Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen had been appointed foreign minister and Birhanu Jula was promoted to army chief of staff, from deputy army chief. Nine million people risk displacement from the escalating conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, the United Nations said in a report published on Saturday, warning that the government’s declaration on Wednesday of a state of emergency in Tigray was blocking food and other aid. It was impossible to verify the report as communications in the Tigray region have been shut down since Wednesday. The U.N. chief also spoke with the African Union chief Moussa Faki Mahamat and Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok in his capacity as chair of the regional Africa group IGAD, according to the U.N. spokesman.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Tigrayans, Abiy, Demeke Mekonnen, Birhanu Jula, Temesgen Tiruneh, Birhanu, Antonio Guterres, , Moussa Faki Mahamat, Abdalla Hamdok Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Ethiopia’s, Ethiopian, United Nations, U.N, African Union, Sudanese Locations: ADDIS, Tigray, Amhara, Ethiopia’s Tigray, Ethiopian, Tigray’s, Mekelle, Bahir Dar, ., Dansha, Africa
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