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A customer holds a 3G prepaid sim card after buying the service from an Ethio-Telecom shop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, November 12, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File PhotoADDIS ABABA, Aug 2 (Reuters) - Ethiopia will open bidding for its second telecoms operator licence this month, two senior government officials said on Monday, including the right to operate mobile financial services. read more"We have made some changes that can uplift its value, for instance mobile financial service," Balcha Reba, director general of the Ethiopian Communication Authority, told Reuters. South Africa's MTN (MTNJ.J) had also bid in the first round but it was not awarded a licence. Reporting by Dawit Endeshaw; Writing by Duncan Miriri; Editing by David Goodman and Bernadette BaumOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Reba, Brook Taye, Dawit Endeshaw, Duncan Miriri, David Goodman, Bernadette Baum Organizations: Telecom, REUTERS, Tiksa, Ethiopian Communication Authority, Reuters, Kenya's, South Africa's MTN, Thomson Locations: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ADDIS ABABA, Africa
Eritrean Refugees protest in-front of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) offices to condemn the attacks on the refugees in Hitsats and Shimelba camps during the fight between Ethiopia’s National Defence Force and Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 29, 2021. The agency said it lost access to the camps on July 14. read moreThe United States said on Tuesday it was deeply concerned about the fate of Eritrean refugees in Tigray. The refugee camps, which have existed for years and house Eritreans who have fled repression in their home country, were caught up in violence that now threatens to escalate. Demonstrators on Tuesday held a banner reading "Protect the rights of Eritrean refugees". She said she fled to safety in Addis Ababa from Hitsats, another refugee camp in Tigray, in January, but did not know where her husband was.
Persons: Mai Aini, Adi Harush, Hermon Hailu, Eritreans, Medihn Mehari, Ayenat Mersie, Giulia Paravicini, Maggie Fick, Joe Bavier Organizations: United Nations, Refugees, Ethiopia’s National Defence Force, Tigray People Liberation, REUTERS, UNHCR, Reuters, Ethiopian, Mekelle, Thomson Locations: UNHCR, Hitsats, Tigray, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ADDIS ABABA, States, Nairobi, Olbia, Italy
President of the Somali Region Mustafa Muhumed Omer attends a Reuters interview in Jijiga, Ethiopia January 14, 2020. Somali region President Mustafa Muhumed Omer said the road and rail had been blocked by local youth protesting against an attack on Saturday. "We are working to open the Djibouti rail and road today," Mustafa, the Somali region President, told Reuters in a text message. The most deadly violence, however, has emanated from the Tigray region. Getachew Reda, spokesperson for the TPLF, told Reuters on Wednesday its fighters were near Debark, about 102 km (63 miles) north of Gondar, one of Amhara's largest cities.
Persons: Somali Region Mustafa Muhumed Omer, Giulia Paravicini, Mustafa Muhumed Omer, Mustafa, Abiy Ahmed, Getachew Reda, Bahir Dar, Gizachew Muluneh, Maggie Fick, Dawit Endeshaw, William Maclean Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations Conference, Trade, Development, Reuters, Djibouti, Wednesday, Kobo, Abiy, Ethiopian, Thomson Locations: Somali Region, Jijiga, Ethiopia, NAIROBI, Addis Ababa, Djibouti, Somali, Afar, Horn of Africa, Tigray, Debark, Gondar, Amhara, Bahir, Olbia, Italy, Nairobi
An internally displaced Ethiopian girl walks back to her village Sariir in Somali Region, Ethiopia January 13, 2020. REUTERS/Giulia ParaviciniADDIS ABABA, July 27 (Reuters) - The government of Ethiopia's Somali region on Tuesday accused militia from the neighbouring Afar region of killing hundreds of civilians in an attack. The Somali regional government's spokesperson Ali Bedel told Reuters that an armed militia from the Afar region carried out a "massacre" on Saturday in an area known as both Gedamaytu and Gabraiisa. Two senior officials from the Somali government also confirmed the attack, speaking on condition of anonymity. Afar regional government spokesperson Ahmed Koloyta did not immediately respond to comment requests.
Persons: Giulia Paravicini, Ali Bedel, Ahmed Koloyta, Maggie Fick, Jon Boyle Organizations: REUTERS, Somali, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Somali Region, Ethiopia, Giulia Paravicini ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia's Somali, Afar, Olbia, Italy
A tank damaged during the fighting between Ethiopia's National Defense Force (ENDF) and Tigray Special Forces stands on the outskirts of Humera town in Ethiopia July 1, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer/File PhotoNAIROBI/ADDIS ABABA, July 26 (Reuters) - Residents of Ethiopia's Amhara region said on Monday some young men were responding to a weekend call to arms by their president, as Amhara's government denied that forces from neighbouring Tigray had advanced further into the region. On Sunday Agegnehu Teshager, president of the Amhara regional government, had called on "all young people" to take up arms against TPLF fighters, who say they are advancing deeper south into Amhara territory. "All those areas you mentioned are under the control of our army, Amhara special forces and the militia," said Gizachew. Western Tigray is currently controlled by Amhara forces, who say the land rightfully belongs to them.
Persons: Stringer, Teshager, Getachew Reda, Getachew, Adi Arkay, Gizachew Muluneh, Abiy Ahmed, we'll, Mai Tsebri, Dawit Endeshaw, Maggie Fick, Alex Richardson Organizations: Ethiopia's National Defense Force, Tigray Special Forces, REUTERS, Amhara, TPLF, Reuters, Ethiopian, Mekelle, Ethiopia's, Fano, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Humera, Ethiopia, NAIROBI, ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia's Amhara, Debark, Zarima, Amhara, Mekelle, Afar, Ethiopia's, Addis Ababa, Djibouti, Gondar, Chew Ber, Nairobi
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
ADDIS ABABA, July 22 (Reuters) - Attacks from Tigrayan forces in Ethiopia's Afar region have forced more than 54,000 people from their homes, an official said on Thursday, as the eight-month-old conflict appeared to be spreading beyond Tigray in the north. Tigrayan fighters seized control of three districts in Afar this week, according to Afar regional spokesperson Ahmed Koloyta. Ahmed quoted some of the displaced people as saying Tigrayan fighters had burned houses, looted properties and killed civilians. Getachew Reda, spokesman for the Tigrayan forces, did not immediately return calls seeking comment on the accusations. Since then, Ethiopia's other nine regions announced they were sending forces to support the military against Tigrayan fighters.
Persons: Ahmed Koloyta, Ahmed, Getachew Reda, Debretsion Gebremichael, Abiy Ahmed, Alexi Mohamed, Dawit Endeshaw, Giulia Paravicini, Maggie Fick, Mike Collett Organizations: Reuters, Tigrayan, Getachew, Sunday, United, Food, White, Thomson Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia's Afar, Tigray, Afar, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's, Djibouti, Amhara, Mekelle, Tigray's, United Nations, Olbia, Italy, Nairobi
A fourth region, Amhara, has already been locked in conflict with Tigray since the war erupted in November. Both Amhara and Tigray claim the fertile fields of western and southern Tigray. In the past week, Tigrayan forces have retaken much of the south, but the west is heavily militarised. "We have already deployed our special forces and they will join ENDF. It is the ENDF that is in charge where the special forces will be deployed," said Oromiya Region spokesperson Getachew Balcha.
Persons: Getachew Balcha, Abiy Ahmed, George Obulutsa, Alex Richardson Organizations: Southern Nations Nationalities, Peoples, Ethiopian National Defence Force, ENDF, Reuters, The Southern Nations Nationalities, Amhara Media Corporation, Thomson Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Tigray, Oromiya, Peoples ' Region, Amhara, Western Tigray, Peoples ', Debre Markos, Ethiopia, Mekelle
But Addis Ababa police spokesperson Fasika Fanta said he had no information on the arrests or business closures. The group was taken to a military camp on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, he said, and the number of Tigrayans detained there later passed 100. Last week, Reuters visited 10 Tigrayan-owned coffee shops, bars and restaurants in Addis Ababa that had notices posted on their doors saying they had been closed by city authorities. Lidia Girma, deputy head of Addis Ababa City Peace and Security department, told Reuters the government had acted against businesses connected to the TPLF. She said she was not told why she was detained, paid 3,000 birr to a policeman and was released five days later.
Persons: Fasika Fanta, Jeylan Abdi, Tesfalem, Nigusu Mahari, Nigusu, Haya Hulet, Lidia Girma, Dawit Endeshaw, Katharine Houreld, Maggie Fick, Timothy Organizations: Ethiopian, Federal, Reuters, Ethiopian Human Rights, Police, Peace and Security, Peace, Security, Addis Ababa, birr, Timothy Heritage, Thomson Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Addis Ababa, Tigray, Ethiopia, Dire Dawa, Mekelle, Haya, Ababa's Bole, Addis, Nairobi
ADDIS ABABA, July 15 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's media regulator said it had suspended the news website The Addis Standard on Thursday and accused it of advancing the agenda of a terrorist group. The Addis Standard website - which has regularly criticised the government - was still visible in Ethiopia on Thursday, but its most recent stories were a day old. "The temporary suspension followed complaints and alarming trends in EMA’s (The Ethiopia Media Authority's) monitoring findings," the regulator said in an online statement. The Addis Standard's publisher, JAKENN Publishing, said on Twitter it was "deeply disturbed" by the regulator's decision to suspend its media licence. The Commission said federal police had told it that three of the journalists had since been released.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Addis, Omar Mohammed, George Obulutsa, Katharine Houreld, Andrew Heavens Organizations: Addis, Ethiopia Media, Media, JAKENN, Twitter, Reuters, Ethiopian Human Rights, Awlo Media, Ethio, YouTube, Thomson Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Tigray, WhatsApp, Nairobi
Members of Amhara Special Forces stand guard along a street in Humera town, Ethiopia July 1, 2021. REUTERS/StringerADDIS ABABA, July 14 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's Amhara region said on Wednesday it will go on the offensive against forces from the neighbouring Tigray region, as advancing Tigrayans bear down on Amhara-held territory, potentially opening a major new phase in Ethiopia's civil war. A spokesman for the Amhara regional government said the authorities there were rallying their own forces for a counter-attack against Tigrayans. "The regional government has now transitioned from defensive to an offensive," Amhara spokesperson Gizachew Muluneh was quoted as saying by the region's state-run Amhara Media Corporation. On Tuesday the National Movement of Amhara, a major regional political party, called on irregular volunteer militia - known as Fano - to mobilise.
Persons: Stringer ADDIS, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Gizachew Muluneh, Tigrayans, Mai Tsebri, Getachew Reda, Dawit Endeshaw, Katharine Houreld, George Obulutsa Organizations: Amhara Special Forces, REUTERS, Amhara, Tigrayans, Amhara Media Corporation, National Movement of Amhara, Alamata, Reuters, UN, Food Programme, Ethiopian, WFP, Thomson Locations: Humera town, Ethiopia, Stringer ADDIS ABABA, Tigray, Amhara, Fano, Western Tigray, Mekelle, Nairobi
A spokesman for the Amhara regional government also said the authorities there were rallying their own forces for a counter-attack against Tigrayan forces. "The regional government has now transitioned from defensive to offensive," Amhara spokesperson Gizachew Muluneh was quoted as saying by the region's state-run Amhara Media Corporation. "Amhara militia and special forces have been systematically trying to defend but now our patience has run out and as of today we have opened an offensive attack." On Tuesday the National Movement of Amhara, a major regional political party, called on irregular volunteer militia - known as Fano - to mobilise. One refugee from Adi Harush camp told Reuters Tigrayan militia were searching refugees' homes and confiscating cell phones.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Gizachew Muluneh, Tigrayans, Mai Tsebri, Getachew Reda, Getachew, Adi Harush, TPLF's Getachew, Tesfahun Gobezay, Dawit Endeshaw, Katharine Houreld, George Obulutsa, Toby Chopra, Sonya Hepinstall Organizations: Tigrayan, Amhara, Amhara Media Corporation, National Movement of Amhara, Alamata, Reuters, Thomson Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Tigray, Amhara, Fano, Western Tigray, Mekelle, Ethiopia, Mai, Adi, Nairobi
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 tank damaged during the fighting between Ethiopia's National Defense Force (ENDF) and Tigray Special Forces stands on the outskirts of Humera town in Ethiopia July 1, 2021. REUTERS/StringerADDIS ABABA, July 12 (Reuters) - Forces from Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray said on Monday they were pushing south and had recaptured a town from government forces, underscoring their determination to keep fighting until the region's pre-war borders are restored. Conflict erupted in Tigray eight months ago between central government forces and the region's ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF). Getachew, the TPLF spokesperson, said the group wants its pre-war borders restored and transport links open to allow people and humanitarian aid to move. read moreOn Monday, the United Nations' World Food Programme said that the first humanitarian convoy to enter the Tigray region in two weeks had reached Mekelle.
Persons: Stringer ADDIS, Getachew Reda, Getnet Adane, Abiy Ahmed, Getachew, Mekelle, Dawit Endeshaw, Maggie Fick Organizations: Ethiopia's National Defense Force, Tigray Special Forces, REUTERS, Forces, Reuters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopian, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Humera, Ethiopia, Stringer ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia's, Mekelle, Amhara, Alamata, Korem, Addis Ababa, Nairobi
A tank damaged during the fighting between Ethiopia's National Defense Force (ENDF) and Tigray Special Forces stands on the outskirts of Humera town in Ethiopia July 1, 2021. REUTERS/StringerADDIS ABABA, July 12 (Reuters) - Forces from Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray said on Monday they were pushing south and had recaptured a town from government forces, underscoring their determination to keep fighting until the region's pre-war borders are restored. Conflict erupted in Tigray eight months ago between central government forces and the region's ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF). Getachew, the TPLF spokesperson, said the group wants its pre-war borders restored and transport links open to allow people and humanitarian aid to move. read moreOn Monday, the United Nations' World Food Programme said that the first humanitarian convoy to enter the Tigray region in two weeks had reached Mekelle.
Persons: Stringer ADDIS, Getachew Reda, Getnet Adane, Abiy Ahmed, Getachew, Mekelle, Dawit Endeshaw, Maggie Fick Organizations: Ethiopia's National Defense Force, Tigray Special Forces, REUTERS, Forces, Reuters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopian, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Humera, Ethiopia, Stringer ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia's, Mekelle, Amhara, Alamata, Korem, Addis Ababa, Nairobi
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed attends his last campaign event ahead of Ethiopia's parliamentary and regional elections scheduled for June 21, in Jimma, Ethiopia, June 16, 2021. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File PhotoADDIS ABABA, July 10 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's Prosperity Party won the most seats in Ethiopia's parliamentary election, the election board said on Saturday, a victory that assures him another term in office. Abiy's party won 410 of 436 parliamentary seats, election board deputy chairperson Woubshet Ayele told a news conference in the capital Addis Ababa. Abiy hailed the June 21 vote as the country's first free and fair election after decades of repressive rule. However, an opposition boycott, war, ethnic violence and logistical challenges overshadowed the election in some areas.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Woubshet Ayele, Berhanu Nega, Dawit Endeshaw, Maggie Fick, Angus MacSwan Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, Tiksa, Prosperity Party, Ethiopian Citizens, Social Justice, Nationalities, Thomson Locations: Jimma, Ethiopia, ADDIS ABABA, Addis Ababa, Amhara, Southern Nations
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
A tank damaged during the fighting between Ethiopia's National Defense Force (ENDF) and Tigray Special Forces stands on the outskirts of Humera town in Ethiopia July 1, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo/File PhotoADDIS ABABA, July 4 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's Tigray region wants a full withdrawal of troops from Eritrea and the neighbouring state of Amhara before it can engage in any talks with the federal government about a ceasefire, it said in a statement on Sunday. The Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), the regional authority driven out last year by Ethiopian forces and troops from neighbouring Eritrea, returned to the region's capital Mekelle on Monday to cheering crowds. "Invading forces from Amhara and Eritrea must withdraw from Tigray and return to their pre-war territories," the statement said. His government has been battling the TPLF since late last year after accusing it of attacking military bases in Tigray.
Persons: Stringer, Abiy, Getachew Reda, Getachew, Duncan Miriri, David Clarke Organizations: Ethiopia's National Defense Force, Tigray Special Forces, REUTERS, Ethiopian, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Humera, Ethiopia, ADDIS ABABA, Eritrea, Amhara, Mekelle, United
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
People cheer as they say Eritrean forces have left the northern town of Shire in Ethiopia's Tigray region, June 29, 2021 in this in this still image taken from video obtained by REUTERS. The former rulers of Ethiopia's Tigray region, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), said on Monday they were back in control of the regional capital Mekelle after nearly eight months of fighting, and the government declared a unilateral ceasefire. There were similar scenes in Shire in northern Tigray on Wednesday, after Eritrean troops had left, residents said. With electricity and phone and internet lines cut to the region, aid agencies are severely limited in their ability to access people in dire need of food and other services. “We are preparing for resumption of aid,” Abu Salah said, noting that 5.2 million people were in need of humanitarian assistance in Tigray.
Persons: Mekelle, Dina Mufti, Hayat Abu Salah, Abu Salah, ” Abu Salah, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Dawit Endeshaw, Maggie Fick, Nick Macfie, Andrew Heavens Organizations: REUTERS, Foreign Ministry, United Nations, U.S . Agency for International Development, Humanitarian Affairs, Electricity, UNICEF, Ethiopian, birr, Thomson Locations: Shire, Ethiopia's Tigray, ADDIS ABABA, Tigray, Mekelle, Axum, Adwa, , Sudan, Egypt, Ethiopia, Horn of Africa, Addis Ababa, Nairobi
The Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), the former rulers of Ethiopia's Tigray region, said on Monday it was back in control of the regional capital Mekelle after nearly eight months of fighting. "Operations are under way ... and the number of prisoners of war is increasing by the minute,” TPLF spokesman Getachew Reda told Reuters by satellite phone, with light artillery fire crackling in the background. With electricity and phone and internet lines cut to the region, aid agencies are limited in their ability to reach people in need of food and other services. A TPLF spokesman said government troops were forced out. "The violence must now stop and unfettered humanitarian access granted," a spokesman for Britain's Foreign Office said on Thursday.
Persons: Stringer ADDIS, Tigrayan, , Getachew Reda, Gemma Connell, Dina Mufti, Mufti, Alyona Synenko, Hayat Abu Salah, Abu Salah, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, General Antonio Guterres, Dawit Endeshaw, Maggie Fick, Nick Macfie, Andrew Heavens, Angus MacSwan, Timothy Organizations: Amhara Special Forces, Eritrean Defence Forces, REUTERS, Reuters, International, Humanitarian Affairs, Southern, Government, International Committee, United Nations, U.S . Agency for International Development, Electricity, UNICEF, Ethiopian, birr, Britain's Foreign, Timothy Heritage, Thomson Locations: Ethiopia, Eritrean, Humera, Stringer ADDIS ABABA, Tigray, Ethiopia's Tigray, Mekelle, Shire, Eastern Africa, United States, Britain, Addis Ababa, Nairobi
REUTERS/Tiksa NegeriADDIS ABABA, June 30 (Reuters) - The Ethiopian army could re-enter the Tigray regional capital of Mekelle within weeks if needed, a spokesman for the Ethiopian government task force said on Wednesday, adding a ceasefire declared on Monday was for humanitarian reasons. It was the first public statement by any official in Ethiopia's federal government since Mekelle was seized by Tigrayan forces this week. read more"Ethiopia is exposed to an attack from outsiders" because of the conflict, Redwan Hussein, spokesman for the Ethiopian government's task force for Tigray, told reporters in apparent reference to Sudan. read moreOn Tuesday, Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) spokesman Getachew Reda told Reuters that the ceasefire declaration was a "joke". "If it is required, we can easily enter to Mekelle and we can enter in less than three weeks," he said.
Persons: Ethiopia's Redwan Hussein, Mekelle, Redwan Hussein, Getachew Reda, Redwan, Dawit Endeshaw, Nick Macfie, Andrew Heavens Organizations: State, Foreign Affairs, Ethiopian National Defence Force, Tigray Regional Special Forces, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, REUTERS, Tiksa, Ethiopian, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tiksa Negeri ADDIS ABABA, Mekelle, Sudan
REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File PhotoKHARTOUM, June 27 (Reuters) - Sudan has rejected an Ethiopian proposal to manage the filling for a second time of a giant dam that it is building on the Blue Nile, a senior official said on Sunday, deepening a regional dispute over the project. Sudan and Egypt last week sent letters asking the U.N. Security Council to take up the issue. Sudan has also indicated that it is open to a partial interim agreement before the second filling of the reservoir, with certain conditions. read moreHowever, on Sunday the senior Sudanese official said the Ethiopian proposal for the second filling was "not real" and a "a way to buy time", adding that any such proposal should come under the auspices of AU mediators and involve all parties. Ethiopian Water Minister Seleshi Bekele did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
Persons: GERD, Addis Ababa, Seleshi Bekele, Khalid Abdelaziz, Dawit Endeshaw, Nafisa, Emelia Sithole Organizations: REUTERS, Tiksa, . Security, African Union, Democratic, Sudanese, Ethiopian Water, Thomson Locations: Guba Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz Region, Ethiopia, KHARTOUM, Sudan, Egypt, Addis, Democratic Republic of Congo
ADDIS ABABA, June 25 (Reuters) - Three employees working for the Spanish branch of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) were killed by unknown assailants in Ethiopia's Tigray region, the medical charity said on Friday. They are among at least 12 aid workers reported killed since fighting broke out in November between Ethiopia's military and forces loyal to the region's former ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF). Ethiopia's foreign ministry sent condolences via Twitter, but said it had been urging aid agencies to secure military escorts in the area. The ministry said TPLF forces were active in the town of Abiy Addi where the attack occurred. Spain's foreign ministry said it was engaging with the aid agency and the Ethiopian government on the attack.
Persons: Maria Hernandez, Yohannes Halefom Reda, Tedros Gebremariam, Maria, Pedro Sanchez, Yohannes, Tedros, Dawit Endeshaw, Graham Keely, Duncan Miriri, Grant McCool Organizations: Medecins Sans, MSF, Ethiopian, Twitter, Spanish, Thomson Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Spanish, Ethiopia's Tigray, Spain, Madrid, Ethiopia, Tigray, Abiy Addi, Addis Ababa
Election officials empty a ballot box during the Ethiopian parliamentary and regional elections, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, June 21, 2021. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File PhotoADDIS ABABA, June 22 (Reuters) - Voters in Ethiopia's Sidama region went to the polls a day late on Tuesday as officials counted ballots from other regions in an election marred by an opposition boycott, war and reports of irregularities in some areas. Authorities could not hold polls on Monday in four of Ethiopia's 10 regions including Sidama, where there were logistical problems, according to the election board. There was no comment from him on Tuesday morning and his spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment as counting proceeded. Abiy's newly formed national Prosperity Party is widely forecast to defeat the fragmented opposition of dozens of mostly ethnically based parties.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Birtukan Midekssa, Berhanu Nega, Dawit Endeshaw, Ayenat Mersie, Giulia Paravicini, Maggie Fick, Timothy Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, Authorities, Prosperity Party, United Nations, Ethiopian Citizens, Social Justice, Southern, Nationalities, Timothy Heritage, Thomson Locations: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia's Sidama, Eritrea, Tigray, Amhara, Southern Nations, Peoples '
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