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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/StringerWASHINGTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) - The United States on Friday paved the way for further sanctions to be imposed on parties to the conflict in northern Ethiopia, where thousands have been killed and millions are in need of humanitarian assistance. War broke out 10 months ago between Ethiopia's federal troops and forces loyal to the TPLF, which controls Tigray. Fighting spread in July from Tigray into the neighboring regions of Amhara and Afar, also in the country's north. But the administration of President Joe Biden held back from imposing sanctions alongside the executive order in hopes that it provides incentive to move away from the military approach, another senior U.S. administration official said.
Persons: Stringer WASHINGTON, Joe Biden, Daphne Psaledakis, Alistair Bell Organizations: Ethiopia's National Defense Force, Tigray Special Forces, REUTERS, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Amhara, Washington, U.S . Treasury Department, United Nations General Assembly, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Humera, Ethiopia, United States, Washington, U.S, Amhara, Afar, Eritrea
(CNN) President Joe Biden signed a new executive order Friday authorizing broad sanctions against those involved in perpetrating the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia as reports of atrocities continue to emerge from the Tigray region. Biden approved the executive order after the administration has "telegraphed for months that the parties need to change course," a second senior administration official said. Eritrean forces must withdraw from Ethiopia," Biden said. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle welcomed the new executive order. Robert Menendez - the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee - and Chris Coons - who was dispatched by the Biden administration toward the beginning of the crisis to meet with Abiy.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Antony Blinken, Blinken, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Samantha Power, Democratic Sens, Robert Menendez, Chris Coons, Sen, Jim Risch, Michael McCaul, McCaul, Robert Godec, you've Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Amhara Regional Government, African Union, Agency for International Development, USAID, United Nations General Assembly, Lawmakers, Democratic, Senate Foreign Relations, Abiy, House Foreign Affairs Committee, Biden, Biden Administration, State Locations: Ethiopia, Tigray, United States, Ethiopian, Africa, Eritrea, New York
REUTERS/Baz RatnerSummary Thousands of Eritrean refugees caught in north Ethiopian warRefugees distrusted and abused by both sides' fighters'Clear war crimes' committed, says rights groupNAIROBI, Sept 16 (Reuters) - Eritrean soldiers and Tigrayan militias raped, detained and killed Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray, an international rights watchdog said on Thursday. Tens of thousands of Eritrean refugees live in Tigray, a mountainous and poor province of about 5 million people. Tigrayan forces marched fleeing refugees back to Hitsats, shooting some stragglers, refugees reported to HRW. In the northernmost camp, Shimelba, Eritrean forces killed at least one refugee, raped at least four others and killed local residents, HRW said. Tigrayan forces took over those camps in June and refugees have reported killings and looting.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Tigrayans, Laetitia Bader, Horn, Getachew Reda, PEOPLE, HRW, Tigrayan, Ziban, Adi Harush, Mai Aini, Andrew Cawthorne Organizations: REUTERS, Refugees, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Human Rights Watch, Reuters, International, UNHCR, United Nations, HRW, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Sudan, NAIROBI, Ethiopia’s, of Africa, Africa, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Hitsats, Hitsats camp’s, Zelasle, Shimelba, Mai
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during a news conference before a meeting with Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez at Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain, July 2, 2021. Ethiopia has been embroiled in a conflict that flared nine months ago in Tigray and which has spread to other areas. The government has also struggled to contain other outbreaks of ethnic and political violence over land and resources. read more"Inflammatory rhetoric and ethnic profiling are tearing apart the social fabric of the country," Guterres told the 15-member Security Council. These developments are eroding the unity, the sovereignty, and the territorial integrity of the Ethiopian state," said Richard Mills, deputy U.S.
Persons: Antonio Guterres, Pedro Sanchez, Susana Vera UNITED, Guterres, Richard Mills, Michelle Nichols, Leslie Adler, Grant McCool Organizations: Spain's, REUTERS, Susana Vera UNITED NATIONS, Ethiopian Human Rights, Security, Ethiopian, Eritrean Defense Forces, U.S, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Moncloa, Madrid, Spain, Ethiopia, Tigray, United States, Afar, Amhara, Ethiopian
Troops in Eritrean uniforms are seen on top of a truck near the town of Adigrat, Ethiopia, March 14, 2021. Forces from Ethiopia's rebellious Tigray recaptured much of the territory in June, in a major setback for Ethiopia's government. Spokespeople for Eritrea's information ministry, Ethiopia's prime minister and Ethiopia's military did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Eritrean troops entered Tigray to fight alongside federal forces in a conflict marked by abuses including rape, according to investigations by Reuters, the U.N. and international human rights organizations. read moreThe Ethiopian government said in April that Eritrean troops had begun withdrawing.
Persons: Baz Ratner, State Anthony Blinken, meanwhile, Adi Goshu, Abiy Ahmed, Giulia Paravicini, George Obulutsa, Maggie Fick, Joe Bavier, Giles Elgood Organizations: REUTERS, European Union, Forces, Eritrean Defence Forces, State, Treasury Department, Eritrean, Reuters, Ethiopian, Thomson Locations: Adigrat, Ethiopia, United States, Eritrea, Ethiopia's Tigray, Tigray, Adi, Eritrea's, Asmara, Turkey, London, Nairobi
The United States Department of the Treasury is seen in Washington, D.C., U.S., August 30, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File PhotoWASHINGTON, Aug 23 (Reuters) - The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on an Eritrean official it accused of being engaged in serious human rights abuse in the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, where thousands have been killed and over 2 million displaced. The United States has repeatedly called for Eritrean troops to withdraw from Tigray. "We urge Eritrea to immediately and permanently withdraw its forces from Ethiopia, and urge the parties to the conflict to begin ceasefire negotiations and end human rights abuses," Gacki added. But the TPLF kept fighting and at the end of June retook Mekelle and most of Tigray after government soldiers withdrew.
Persons: Andrew Kelly, Filipos, Andrea Gacki, Gacki, Yemane Gebremeskel, Daphne Psaledakis, Franklin Paul, Jonathan Oatis Organizations: United States Department of, Washington , D.C, REUTERS, U.S . Treasury Department, Eritrean Defense Forces, United, Foreign Assets Control, Mekelle, Thomson Locations: Washington ,, United States, Ethiopia's Tigray, U.S, Tigray, States, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mekelle, Washington
(CNN) Troops and militias aligned with the Ethiopian government have subjected hundreds of women and girls to sexual violence in Ethiopia's war-torn Tigray region, according to a new report by Amnesty International. The report details widespread rape and sexual violence carried out by members of the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF), the Eritrean Defense Force (EDF), the Amhara Regional Police Special Force (ASF), and Fano, an Amhara militia group. To conduct the report, Amnesty interviewed medical professionals and 63 survivors of sexual violence between March and June 2021. "Soldiers and militias subjected Tigrayan women and girls to rape, gang rape, sexual slavery, sexual mutilation and other forms of torture, often using ethnic slurs and death threats," Amnesty International said in a statement on Wednesday. "Given the context, scale, and gravity of the sexual violence committed against women and girls in Tigray , the violations amount to war crimes and may amount to crimes against humanity," the report said.
Persons: Read Organizations: CNN, Troops, Amnesty International, Ethiopian National Defense Force, Eritrean Defense Force, EDF, Amhara Regional Police Special Force, Amnesty Locations: Tigray, Fano, Amhara
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
July 27 (Reuters) - The United States is deeply concerned about reported attacks against Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia's Tigray region, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said on Tuesday, calling for the intimidation and attacks to stop. "We are deeply concerned about credible reports of attacks by military forces affiliated with the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Tigrayan militias against Eritrean refugees in the Tigray region," State Department spokeswoman Jalina Porter told reporters. Fighting first broke out in Tigray in November when the government accused the TPLF of attacking military bases across the region - an accusation the group denied. The government declared victory three weeks later when it took the regional capital Mekelle, but the TPLF kept fighting and has since retaken most of Tigray. Ethiopian troops withdrew from most of Tigray in late June when the TPLF retook Mekelle.
Persons: Jalina Porter, Mai Aini, Adi Harush, Porter, Doyinsola Oladipo, Daphne Psaledakis, David Brunnstrom, Dan Grebler Organizations: U.S . State Department, Department, UNHCR, Eritrean, Ethiopian, Mekelle, Thomson Locations: United States, Ethiopia's Tigray, U.S, Tigray, Ethiopia, UNHCR, Mekelle
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
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
UNITED NATIONS, July 2 (Reuters) - Top U.N. officials warned the Security Council on Friday that more than 400,000 people in Ethiopia's Tigray were now in famine and that there was a risk of more clashes in the region despite a unilateral ceasefire by the federal government. read more"More than 400,000 people are estimated to have crossed the threshold into famine and another 1.8 million people are on the brink of famine. There are reports of continued clashes in some places as pressure builds internationally for all sides to pull back. While Russia and China did not object to Friday's public meeting of the Security Council on Tigray, they made clear that they believed the conflict is an internal affair for Ethiopia. Ambassador said: "We believe that interference by the Security Council in solving it is counterproductive."
Persons: Ramesh Rajasingham, Linda Thomas, Greenfield, Taye Atske Selassie Amde, Amde, Thomas, Rosemary DiCarlo, Russia's U.N, Doyinsola Oladipo, Rosalba O'Brien, Philippa Fletcher, Daniel Wallis Organizations: UNITED NATIONS, Security Council, Ethiopian, United Nations, Eritrean, Security, Thomson Locations: Ethiopia's Tigray, Eritrea, Tigray, U.S, Ethiopia, of Africa, Amhara, Russia, China, United States, France, Britain
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
The Tigray conflict has its roots in tensions that go back generations in Ethiopia. Because of a previous conflict with neighboring Eritrea, there are also a large number of federal troops in Tigray. For months at the start of the conflict, Abiy denied that civilians were being harmed or that soldiers from Eritrea had joined the fight. Separate investigations by CNN and Amnesty International in February uncovered evidence of massacres carried out by Eritrean forces in the Tigrayan towns of Dengelat and Axum late last year. All actors in the conflict have been accused of carrying out atrocities, but Eritrean forces have been linked to some of the most gruesome.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Tigrayans, Mahibere Dego, Tigrayan, Redwan Hussein, Antony Blinken, Ned Price, Biden, Price Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian, United Nations, Amnesty International, Eritrean, World Peace Foundation, UN, Food, Wednesday, US State Department, State Department Locations: Africa, Tigray, Ethiopia, Abiy, Africa's, Gedaref, Sudan, Eritrea, Regional, Mekelle, Amhara, Addis Ababa, Wukro, Mekele, Dengelat, Axum, Tigrayan, Mahibere, Jimma
On Tuesday, jubilant crowds poured onto the streets of Tigray’s regional capital, Mekelle, to welcome fighters from the Tigray Defence Forces who quickly took full control of the city. As regional government officials appointed by Mr. Ahmed fled south in armed convoys on Monday, the prime minister called for a temporary cease-fire. Tigrayan forces, which spent months regrouping and recruiting new fighters before launching a rolling counterattack, vowed on Tuesday to cross state and national borders to pursue Eritrean and Ethiopian forces if required. “People are on the streets celebrating the departure of federal forces, they are all jubilating” said one Mekelle resident, reached by telephone. Ethiopia is an important strategic ally of the U.S., which it has helped in missions to neutralize terrorist groups, including al Qaeda and Islamic State, in the region.
Persons: Abiy Ahmedhas, Ahmed, , al Organizations: Ethiopia’s, Tigray Defence Forces, Troops, Eritrean, Ethiopian, United, Islamic Locations: Tigray, of Africa, Mekelle, Eritrea, Sudan, United Arab Emirates, Ethiopia, U.S, al Qaeda, Islamic State
Eritrean forces no longer visible in Ethiopian town of Shire
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A building is seen through a bullet hole in a window of the Africa Hotel in the town of Shire, Tigray region, Ethiopia, March 17, 2021. REUTERS/Baz RatnerGONDAR, Ethiopia June 29 (Reuters) - Eritrean forces are no longer visible in the town of Shire in Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray, a witness told Reuters on Tuesday, following days of territorial gains by the Tigrayan forces battling Ethiopia's government. The witness, who declined to be named for security reasons, said the Eritrean soldiers had not been seen since Monday night. A second resident confirmed there was a large movement of Eritrean troops out of Shire towards a town in the north. Reporting by Giulia Paravicini; Writing by Katharine Houreld; Editing by Catherine EvansOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Baz Ratner GONDAR, Ethiopia's, Giulia Paravicini, Katharine Houreld, Catherine Evans Organizations: REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Africa, Shire, Tigray, Ethiopia, Ethiopia's
Live Tigray Rebels in Ethiopia Retake Regional Capital: Live Updates The rebels are consolidating their hold on the capital, Mekelle, and its outskirts after Ethiopian government forces retreated, in a dramatic turn in the eight-month civil war. Tigrayan forces retake their capital as Ethiopia’s military withdraws. A destroyed tank in Ethiopia’s Tigray region last month. Electricity and phone lines across the region remained down on Tuesday, a situation that had many wondering whether the Tigray region would remain cut off. A food distribution line at a school in Shire, in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, in March.
Persons: Ben Curtis, Abiy Ahmed, , Declan Walsh, Baz Ratner, Isaias Afwerki, Eduardo Soteras, Abiy, Mekelle, Abiy Adiy, Richard Pérez Organizations: Tigray Rebels, Regional Capital, Associated Press, Ethiopia’s Army, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Tigray Defense Forces, Mekelle . New York Times, DJIBOUTI Addis Ababa OROMIA, Ethiopian National Defense Forces, Refugees, Electricity, ., United Nations, International, Agence France, Tigrayan, International Crisis, United, Ethiopian Air Force Locations: Ethiopia, Mekelle, Tigray, Mekelle ., Ethiopia’s, ERITREA YEMEN SUDAN TIGRAY, DJIBOUTI Addis Ababa, DJIBOUTI Addis Ababa OROMIA ETHIOPIA SOMALIA KENYA, Eritrean, Shire, Ethiopia’s Tigray, Eritrea, United Nations, Adigrat
But on Tuesday, Tigrayan forces categorically ruled out a truce, with a spokesman for the region's ruling party saying their forces would not rest until the Ethiopian military and its allied forces had left the entire region. Witnesses in Mekelle told CNN Ethiopian soldiers were seen entering banks, media bureaus and the offices of humanitarian agencies before leaving the city on Monday. A UN official told CNN that the offices of the UNICEF and the World Food Program were raided by Ethiopian forces. Following the strike, Tigray's military spokesperson Gebre Gebretsadkan said that the TDF had downed an Ethiopian air force plane, as part of a renewed offensive against the Ethiopian military. Ethiopia's military spokesman denied that the plane had been shot down, blaming the crash on technical issues.
Persons: Tigrayan, Reda, Abiy, Abiy Ahmed, Mekelle, Henrieta Fore, Mahibere Dego, Gebre Gebretsadkan, Gebre, Biden Organizations: CNN, Rebel, Ethiopian, Tigray Defense Forces, Mekelle, UN, Ethiopian National Defense Forces, CNN Ethiopian, UNICEF, Food Program, European Union, The State Department, Eritrean, UN Security Council Locations: Tigray, Mekelle, Ethiopia's, Addis Ababa, Tigrayan, Mahibere, United States, Togoga, Ethiopia
MEKELLE, Ethiopia — In a major turn in Ethiopia’s eight-month civil war in the northern Tigray region, Tigrayan fighters began entering the regional capital Monday night after Ethiopian government troops retreated from the city. The Ethiopian military has occupied the Tigray region since last November, after invading in cooperation with Eritrean and militia forces to wrest control from the regional government. The Tigrayan fighters, known as the Tigray Defense Forces, spent months regrouping and recruiting new troops, and then in the past week began a rolling counterattack back toward the capital, Mekelle. New York Times journalists in Mekelle saw thousands of residents take to the streets on Monday night, waving flags and shooting off fireworks after hearing that Tigrayan forces had advanced to the city. The Tigrayans’ rapid advance was a significant setback for the government of Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, who had declared when he sent his forces into the restive Tigray region last year that the operation would be over in a matter of weeks.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed Organizations: Ethiopian, Eritrean, Tigray Defense Forces, Mekelle . New York Times Locations: MEKELLE, Ethiopia, Tigray, Mekelle ., Mekelle, Ethiopia’s
(CNN) Ethiopians will head to the polls on Monday amid widespread nationwide unrest, famine, and a raging humanitarian crisis in the country's Tigray region. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed readies for his first real test at the ballot, in what will be Ethiopia's first multi-party election in 16 years. The head of Ethiopia's ruling party is empowered by the country's constitution to emerge as prime minister. In early 2020, the National Election Board of Ethiopia deregistered the TPLF as a political party, accusing the movement of violence. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (C) arrives in the city of Jimma on June 16.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed readies, Gudina Merera, Merera, Abiy, Hailemariam Desalegn, Desalegn, EPRDF, whittle, Omar al, Bashir, Abiy Ahmed, Gual Adwa, Martin Plaut, Plaut Organizations: CNN, East, Prosperity Party, Federalist Congress, Twitter, US State Department, Balderas Party, Abiy's Prosperity Party, Ethiopian Citizens, Social Justice, Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic, Tigray Peoples Liberation, Eritrean, Ethiopian, Rights Watch, Bloomberg, United Nations Locations: Tigray, Ethiopia, Oromia, Piassa, Addis Ababa, Eritrea, Ethiopian, Sudan, Ethiopia's, Tigray's Dengelat, Amhara, Afar, Jimma
Meet Rahel, 19, a human face of a brutal ethnic cleansing now underway in Ethiopia. “There were three soldiers,” she said as she lay on a bed in a crowded hospital. “They were asking me to take off my dress. Countless thousands of Tigrayans have already been killed, and tens of thousands of children are in imminent danger of starving to death. This month the United Nations declared that Tigray was in the midst of the world’s worst famine in a decade.
Persons: Rahel, , ’ ” Organizations: Ethiopian, Eritrean, United Nations Locations: Ethiopia, , Tigray
But foreign companies now operating in Ethiopia are struggling to repatriate profits amid a crippling foreign exchange crunch and inflation that consistently exceeds 20%. Mamo Mihretu, Abiy's senior policy adviser, told Reuters the government would not be deterred and investors were still interested in Ethiopia. "Despite the ongoing pandemic, locust invasion and other challenges, the government is pushing through the home-grown economic reforms," he said. He said attempts to form an Ethiopian company to serve as a collateral agent went nowhere. While the government opened up the sector to foreign investment, it kept a tight grip on banking and insurance.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Mamo, Abiy's, Gail Strickler, Frans Van Schaik, Van Schaik, Lelise Neme, Brook Taye, Kenya's, Japan's, Abiy Organizations: Reuters, Apparelz, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Brookfield Associates, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Africa Asset Finance Company, Ethiopian Investment Commission, AAFC, Groupe Bollore, Logistics, DHL Global, Deutsche Post DHL Group, Ethiopian Airlines, Sector, Japan's Sumitomo, Britain's Vodafone, South Africa's MTN, Monday, Thomson Locations: Ethiopia, Tigray, New York, French, Logistics Ethiopia
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
REUTERS/Evelyn HocksteinPresident Joe Biden called on Wednesday for the withdrawal of Eritrean and Amhara forces from Ethiopia's Tigray region and said immediate humanitarian access must be granted to avoid widespread famine in the conflict-torn area. Troops from the neighboring region of Amhara and the nation of Eritrea entered the war to support the government. read more"Belligerents in the Tigray region should declare and adhere to a ceasefire, and Eritrean and Amhara forces should withdraw," Biden said in a statement. The president said Ethiopian and Eritrean forces "must allow immediate, unimpeded humanitarian access to the region in order to prevent widespread famine." read moreU.S. Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeff Feltman will return to the region next week, Biden said.
Persons: Joe Biden, Evelyn Hockstein, Biden, Mark Lowcock, Lowcock, , Africa Jeff Feltman Organizations: Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, Atlantic, REUTERS, Ethiopian, Troops, Eritrean, Humanitarian Affairs, Security Council, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, Amhara, Ethiopia's Tigray, Tigray, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Africa
A screenshot from video obtained by CNN shows Ethiopian soldiers addressing families inside the UNHCR compound awaiting word of their loved ones. One man described hours of beatings by Eritrean and Ethiopian soldiers. A CNN team in the region in April was able to capture on camera Eritrean soldiers obstructing aid along this route. A State Department spokesperson told CNN the sanctions would be enforced as a "unilateral action" by the US. In one video Ethiopian soldiers can be seen addressing the parents inside the compound.
Persons: Wenfito, Yemane Ghebremeskel, Joe Biden, Catherine Sozi, Elisabeth Haslund, Antony Blinken Organizations: CNN, United States, Ethiopian, Eritrean, UN, United Nations, Refugees, UNHCR, MSF, Africa, Ethiopian National Defense Force, Amhara, CNN Eritrean, Ethiopian Prime, Office, Eritrean Minister, United, Sunday, State Department, US, Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Locations: Shire, Tigray, America, Guna, UNHCR, Ethiopia, Amhara, Eritrean, United States
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