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(CNN) The leader of Ethiopia's northern Tigray region announced a withdrawal of rebel forces from neighboring areas in the country on Sunday, a move that could signal the possibility of a ceasefire after 13 months of war. "We trust that you and the Security Council will redouble your efforts to ensure that the war crime of starvation is stopped, and aid provided," Gebremichael said. The Ethiopian federal government could not be immediately reached for comment. Last week, the United States voiced its concerns regarding reports of mass detentions, killings and forced expulsions of ethnic Tigrayans at the hands of Amhara security forces in western Tigray, urging local leaders to renounce the violence. It also reiterated its call for Eritrea to withdraw its forces entirely from Ethiopia.
Persons: Antonio Guterres, Abdou Abarry, Debretsion Gebremichael, Gebremichael, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Martin Griffiths, Getachew Reda, Reda, Eritrea's Organizations: CNN, UN, UN Security, Ethiopian, UN Security Council, United Nations, Security, UN Human Rights Locations: Tigray, Eritrea, embargoes, Ethiopia, Afar, United States
That came after a morning air strike in Mekelle, the third this week. Tigrai Television said the attack targeted the centre of the city whilethe Addis Ababa government said it targeted buildings where Tigrayan forces were repairing armaments. Her house was destroyed by the air strike," the doctor said. 1/5 Captive Ethiopian army soldiers get their water ration in a prison in the outskirts of Mekelle, the capital of Tigray region, Ethiopia, July 7, 2021. A government official initially denied the accusation but state media later reported the air force had conducted a strike.
Persons: Legesse Tulu, Legesse, Mekelle, Debretsion Gebremichael, Gebremichael, Giulia Paravicini, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Will Davison, " Davison, George Sargent, Maggie Fick, Nick Macfie, Angus MacSwan, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: Agbe, Ethiopian, Mekelle, Tigrai Television, Reuters, Industrial Engineering PLC, Television, Hospital, Mesfin, Tigrai, REUTERS, Engineering, United Nations, Addis Ababa, Thomson Locations: Agbe Regional, Tigray, ADDIS ABABA, Agbe, Temben, Mekelle, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Africa, Amhara, Afar, London, Nairobi
On the other side, Colonel Hussein Mohamed said he commanded 3,700 soldiers from the army's 11th division at Sheweate Hugum. Reuters could not independently verify the accounts of the fighting at Sheweate Hugum. Ethiopian troops withdrew from most of Tigray in late June and declared a unilateral ceasefire on what the government said were humanitarian grounds when the TPLF retook Mekelle. Tesfay Gebregziabher, logistics coordinator for around 6,000 Tigrayan fighters who he said fought at Sheweate Hugum, said he saw around 350 Ethiopian soldiers retreat into the village school during the fighting. In the two-room schoolhouse in Sheweate Hugum, Reuters saw more than two dozen bodies in Ethiopian military uniforms, including women, lying among upturned desks and charred books.
Persons: Giulia Paravicini, SHEWEATE HUGUM, Addis Ababa, Sheweate Hugum, Fighting, Debretsion Gebremichael, Hussein Mohamed, Hussein, Spokespeople, Hugum, Mekelle, Tiebei Negash, Ahmed Abiy's, Tesfay, Maggie Fick, Katharine Houreld, Mike Collett Organizations: REUTERS, Ethiopian, Sheweate, Reuters, Mekelle, White, Thomson Locations: Abiy Addi, Ethiopia, Sheweate, Tigray, Mekelle, Addis, Sheweate Hugum, Nairobi
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
As it descended toward the regional capital of Tigray, curling through rocky hills and remote hamlets, people clustered along the route in celebration. The leader of Tigray, Debretsion Gebremichael, was going home. Two days earlier, his scrappy guerrilla force had retaken the regional capital, Mekelle, hours after Ethiopian troops suddenly abandoned the city. “I didn’t expect to make it back alive,” Mr. Debretsion said on Thursday night in an interview, his first since the fall of Mekelle. The most important thing is that my people are free — free from the invaders.
Persons: Debretsion Gebremichael, Debretsion, Mr, Organizations: Ethiopian Locations: GIJET, Ethiopia, Tigray, Debretsion, Mekelle
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s military said on Sunday it had killed 15 members of the Tigray region’s former ruling party and captured eight others, according to state-run TV. The latest announcement about those killed and captured comes after the military said on Friday that it had captured Sebhat Nega, a founding member of the TPLF. The captured former TPLF president, Abay, was president of the region from 2010 to 2018, replaced by the group’s current leader, Debretsion Gebremichael. The whereabouts of Debretsion, other members of the party’s central committee and many high-ranking former military officers remains unknown. Air strikes and battles since early November in Tigray are believed to have killed thousands of people.
Persons: Abay Weldu, Abiy Ahmed’s, TPLF, Sebhat Nega, Debretsion, Abay Organizations: Ethiopia’s National Defence Force, Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation, Reuters, United Nations Locations: NAIROBI, Tigray, Addis Ababa
(Reuters) - Fighting is still going on in several parts of Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region and almost 2.3 million people, or nearly half of the population, need aid, a U.N. report said. The findings in the humanitarian report stem from two missions conducted at the end of December by U.N. and government agencies. It also said humanitarian supplies and equipment were being looted in some areas. Ethiopia’s own estimates of people in need of aid are even higher than U.N. figures. The U.N. said 950,000 needed aid before the conflict and another 1.3 million would now need help.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Debretsion Gebremichael Organizations: Reuters, REUTERS, Federal, Ethiopia’s National Defence Force, U.N, Tigray Emergency Coordination Center Locations: Ethiopia’s, Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kassala state, Mekelle, Shire, Sheraro
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Rebellious soldiers used government tanks to attack their former comrades in a military base in the first chaotic days of Ethiopia’s month-long war in the region of Tigray, according to two soldiers caught in what they described as a 10-day siege. “Even after we surrendered, they stabbed one of our members for no reason,” one of the soldiers, Takele Ambaye, said. Government and military officials did not respond to requests for comment. Government officials have told Reuters that the TPLF trucked thousands of captive soldiers to the border with Amhara and released them. The two soldiers said the betrayal by former comrades had cemented their desire to avenge their comrades and capture the fugitive TPLF leadership.
Persons: , Takele Ambaye, Molla Kassa, Debretsion Gebremichael, , Molla, Takele, Redwan Hussein, Bacha Debele, ” Molla, ” Takele Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Ethiopian National Defense Force, REUTERS, Tiksa, Forces, Takele, ” Reuters, Government, Command, United Locations: ADDIS, Tigray, Sanja, Amhara, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Government, Sero, Sekota, Mekelle, United Nations
Abiy won a Nobel Peace Prize last year for making peace with Eritrea, but the presence of Eritrean troops on Ethiopian soil would alarm Western allies. The TPLF claims to have killed and captured large numbers of Eritrean troops in the last month, but has provided no evidence. Eritrean troops are believed to have entered Ethiopia in mid-November through three northern border towns: Zalambessa, Rama and Badme, two of the diplomats told Reuters. Others wore Ethiopian uniforms, but spoke Tigrinya with an Eritrean accent and drove trucks without license plates, the resident said. Officials in Ethiopia and Eritrea did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Persons: Abiy, Isaias Afwerki, It’s, Osman Saleh Mohammed, Cameron Hudson, , Hudson, Rama, Badme, Mesfin, Isaias, Debretsion Gebremichael, Eritrea’s Osman, U.N Organizations: Reuters, U.S, U.S . State Department, Eritrea’s, Union, CIA, National Security Council, State Department, Africa Center, Atlantic Council, Washington, United Nations, Eritrean, Sunday Locations: WASHINGTON, NAIROBI, United States, Ethiopia, U.S, Tigray, Washington, Africa, Eritrea, Asmara, South Sudan, Somalia, , Sudan, Humera, Mekelle
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Bombing, looting and skirmishes persisted in parts of Ethiopia’s Tigray on Saturday, a rebellious force in the northern region said after government troops declared they were within days of capturing the group’s leaders. “(They are) looting civilian properties, hotels and damaging factories after looting,” the spokesman Getachew Reda told a TPLF-owned TV station. Most communications in Tigray are down and access to the area is severely restricted, making it hard to verify either side’s statements. They said the arrests were politically motivated, accusing Abiy of trying to tighten his grip over Ethiopia’s 10 semi-autonomous federal states. “Work to rebuild Tigray has commenced with teams ... undertaking repair work (and) restoring services,” he said in a Tweet on Saturday.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Michel Euler, Abiy, Debretsion Gebremichael, Abbi Adi, Getachew Reda, Shambel Beyene, Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Ethiopian, REUTERS, Relief, Convoys, Residents Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia’s Tigray, Paris, France, Tigray, Sudan, Mekelle, Abbi, Gore, Shire, , Eritrea
Ethiopia war may turn into guerrilla insurgency
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +4 min
Asked about ongoing fighting, TPLF head Debretsion Gebremichael said in a text: “Yes. Though outnumbered and expelled from their capital, the Tigrayans can exploit their mountainous terrain and long borders with Sudan and Eritrea. REFUGEESThe U.N. refugee agency appealed for access to 96,000 Eritrean refugees in Tigray, where food was thought to be running out. In a speech to parliament on Monday, Abiy urged the more than 45,000 Ethiopians who fled into Sudan to return. Refugees were saying that Ethiopian militia and soldiers were trying to impede them, he said.
Persons: Baz Ratner Fighting, Abiy, TPLF, Debretsion Gebremichael, Rashid Abdi, Babar Baloch, , Tigrayans Organizations: REUTERS, Federal, Reuters, . Government, United, Ethiopian Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Mekelle, United Nations, Horn, Africa, Geneva, Asmara
Asked about ongoing fighting, TPLF head Debretsion Gebremichael said in a text: “Yes. Though outnumbered and expelled from their capital, the Tigrayans can exploit their mountainous terrain and long borders with Sudan and Eritrea. REFUGEESThe U.N. refugee agency appealed for access to 96,000 Eritrean refugees in Tigray, where food was thought to be running out. In a speech to parliament on Monday, Abiy urged the more than 45,000 Ethiopians who fled into Sudan to return. Refugees were saying that Ethiopian militia and soldiers were trying to impede them, he said.
Persons: Baz Ratner Fighting, Abiy, TPLF, Debretsion Gebremichael, Keria Ibrahim, Rashid Abdi, Babar Baloch, , Tigrayans Organizations: REUTERS, Federal, Reuters, of Federation, . Government, United, Ethiopian Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Mekelle, United Nations, Horn, Africa, Geneva, Tigrayan, Asmara
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
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 PhotoThe nearly month-long war has killed hundreds and probably thousands, sent refugees into Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, affected a peacekeeping mission in Somalia, and deepened divisions between Ethiopia’s myriad ethnic groups. “I’m close to Mekelle in Tigray fighting the invaders,” Debretsion Gebremichael told Reuters in a text message. There was no comment from the Asmara government, though at the start of the war it denied involvement. Both sides have spoken of hundreds of dead in the Tigray war, and diplomats believe the toll is in the thousands.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Tigray’s, Staff Seare Mekonnen, ” Abiy, , , Debretsion Gebremichael, “ I’m, ” Debretsion Gebremichael, Abiy, , Billene Seyoum, TPLF, Ethiopia’s, it’s, Will Davison, al Organizations: Ethiopia’s, Tigray Regional President, Ethiopia's Army, Staff, REUTERS, Tiksa, American, Reuters, Crisis, U.S . State Department, Diplomats, African Union peacekeeping Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Mekele, Tigray Region, Ethiopia, Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, Somalia, Mekelle, South Sudan, Eritrea, Wukro, Asmara, al Qaeda
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed lauded his troops on Monday for their victory over a rebellious northern movement, but the leader of Tigrayan forces said they were still resisting amid fears of a protracted guerrilla conflict. 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. Drones were used to watch the TPLF, but federal forces declined to use rockets in Tigray, Abiy said. “I’m close to Mekelle in Tigray fighting the invaders,” he told Reuters in a text message. The battle-hardened TPLF helped to topple Ethiopia’s Marxist dictatorship in 1991 and knows how to exploit its mountains and borders with Sudan and Eritrea.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Tigrayan, ” Abiy, , , Mekelle, Abiy, Debretsion Gebremichael, “ I’m, Billene Seyoum, TPLF, Ethiopia’s, it’s, Will Davison, al, Mai Kadra Organizations: Ethiopia’s, Federal, American, Reuters, Diplomats, Crisis, African Union peacekeeping Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, Mekelle, Tigray, South Sudan, Eritrea, Wukro, Asmara, Ethiopia, al Qaeda, Somalia, Mai
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks during a media conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, October 29, 2018. However, TPLF leader Debretsion Gebremichael told Reuters in a text message on Saturday evening that TPLF forces would fight on, raising the prospect that the conflict could drag on. The flow of refugees and attacks by the TPLF on neighbouring Eritrea have also threatened to destabilize the wider Horn of Africa region. They add to the 117 warrants issued for senior military officers it says are connected to TPLF since the conflict broke out. EXPLOSIONS IN ERITREA’S CAPITALSix explosions were reported in the Eritrean capital, Asmara, on Saturday night, the U.S. State Department said, although it was not immediately clear if they were related to the Tigray conflict.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Michel Euler, Abiy, TPLF, , Debretsion Gebremichael, , Debretsion, ” Debretsion, Mengistu Haile Mariam, Mengistu Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, Reuters, Fana TV, Abiy, U.S . State Department, State Department Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Paris, France, Mekelle, Sudan, Eritrea, Africa, Asmara
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Rebellious forces from Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray said they had shot down a military plane and retaken a town from federal forces on Sunday, a day after the prime minister announced federal troops had taken over the regional capital and military operations were complete. There was no immediate comment from the government or the military on the claims made by Debretsion Gebremichael, leader of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in text messages to Reuters. Thousands of people are believed to have been killed and nearly 44,000 have fled to Sudan since the fighting began. In text messages on Sunday, he said that his forces had shot down an Ethiopian military plane and captured the pilot, and had also retaken the town of Axum. Also on Sunday, Ethiopian state TV (ETV) said on Sunday that 70 graves, some individual and some containing multiple bodies were found in the town of Humera in Tigray.
Persons: Debretsion Gebremichael, Abiy, TPLF, , Debretsion, Mengistu Haile Mariam Organizations: Ethiopian Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Ethiopia’s, Tigray, Sudan, Mekelle, Axum, Humera, Eritrea
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopian government forces began an offensive to capture the regional capital Mekelle in the rebellious northern Tigray region on Saturday, said a diplomat in direct contact with residents, and the leader of Tigrayan forces. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File PhotoDebretsion Gebremichael, leader of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), told Reuters in a text message Mekelle was under “heavy bombardment”. The Ethiopian military is using artillery in the assault, he said in a subsequent text message. MILITARY OFFENSIVEThe Ethiopian military has been fighting forces in the northern region of Tigray, which borders the nations of Eritrea and Sudan, since Nov. 4. The Tigrayan region saw those trials as discrimination.
Persons: Gebremichael, Mekelle, Billene, TPLF, Abiy, Tigrayan, Debretsion, , Boultie Tadesse, Organizations: Ethiopian, Amhara Special Force, Dansha Mechanized, Military, REUTERS, Tiksa, Reuters, Ethiopian National Defense Forces, U.S, Embassy, Defence Foreign Relations Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Mekelle, Tigray, Danasha, Amhara, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Addis Ababa, Asmara
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Saturday that military operations in the northern region of Tigray have been completed, shortly after he announced federal troops had seized full control of the regional capital Mekelle. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo“I am pleased to share that we have completed and ceased the military operations in the Tigray region,” he said in a tweet. Federal troops had taken control of “the airport, public institutions, the regional administration office and other critical facilities,” Abiy said. State television said 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, , ” Abiy, Tigrayan, Billene Seyoum, Debretsion Gebremichael, Mekelle, Billene, TPLF, ” Debretsion, Filippo Grandi, Dominic Raab Organizations: Ethiopian, Mekelle, Amhara Special Force, Dansha Mechanized, Military, REUTERS, Tiksa, Federal, Authorities, Northern Command, Reuters, Ethiopian National Defense Forces, Eritrean, United Nations, U.S, Embassy Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Danasha, Amhara, Ethiopia, Mekelle, Horn of Africa, Sudan, Eritrea, Addis Ababa, Asmara, British, Tigrayans
President-elect Joe Biden's pick for national security adviser warned Wednesday about the risk of war crimes in Ethiopia, where government forces are surrounding a city governed by rebellious regional leaders in what's threatening to spiral into civil war. In one of his first tweets after being named, Jake Sullivan warned about "the risk of violence against civilians, including potential war crimes" in the East African country. I'm deeply concerned about the risk of violence against civilians, including potential war crimes, in the fighting around Mekelle in Ethiopia. Marwan Ali / APThe TPLF regional leader Debretsion Gebremichael told Reuters his fighters were "ready to die in defense of our right to administer our region." Sullivan isn't the first to warn about possible war crimes.
Persons: Joe Biden's, Jake Sullivan, I'm, — Jake Sullivan, Abiy Ahmed, Mike Pompeo, Pompeo, Donald Trump, rancor, Ahmed, Abiy, Tigrayans, Dejene Tsegaye, Marwan Ali, Debretsion Gebremichael, Sullivan isn't, Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, Ethiopia's Organizations: African Union, Aid, Democratic, NBC News, Associated Press, Communications, Amnesty, United Nations, Human Rights, Reuters Locations: Ethiopia, East, Mekelle, Tigray, Sudan, Egypt, Eritrea, Mekele, Qadarif
FILE PHOTO: Tents belonging to Ethiopian refugees fleeing from the ongoing fighting in Tigray region, are seen at the Um-Rakoba camp, on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in the Al-Qadarif state, Sudan November 23, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/File PhotoHundreds have died, more than 41,000 refugees have fled to Sudan, and there has been widespread destruction and uprooting of people from homes in the northern Tigray region. “Using the government’s 72-hour period, a large number of Tigray militia and special forces are surrendering,” a government taskforce said. The U.N. Security Council was to hold informal talks later on Tuesday over Tigray, according to a U.N. source and an email. MYRIAD ETHNIC GROUPSHis predecessor, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, criticised international mediation efforts by “well-intentioned outsiders” in a piece for Foreign Policy magazine.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, al, Abiy Ahmed’s, , Getachew Reda, Billene Seyoum, Abiy, Hailemariam Desalegn, , Debretsion Gebremichael, Michelle Bachelet Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, Reuters, Washington, African Union, . Security, Policy Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, al Qaeda, Raya, United States, France, Britain, Paris, London, Amhara, Geneva,
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