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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a joint news conference with Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh following their talks in Moscow, Russia April 27, 2022. Yuri Kochetkov/Pool via REUTERSJERUSALEM, May 2 (Reuters) - Israel denounced on Monday Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for suggesting that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler had Jewish roots, and demanded an apology from Moscow. Israeli Foreign Ministry Yair Lapid said the Russian ambassador would be summoned for "a tough talk" over the comments, which Lavrov made on Sunday in an interview with Italian television. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterThere was no immediate comment from the Russian embassy. "For a long time now we've been hearing the wise Jewish people say that the biggest anti-Semites are the Jews themselves," he added.
Persons: Sergei Lavrov, Osman Saleh, Yuri Kochetkov, Israel, Adolf Hitler, Ministry Yair Lapid, Lavrov, Lapid, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Hitler, Dani Dayan, Yad Vashem, Israel's, Dayan, Dan Williams, Valentina Za, Crispian Balmer, Jeffrey Heller Organizations: Russian, Eritrean Foreign, REUTERS, Israeli, Ministry, Italy's, Yad, Thomson Locations: Moscow, Russia, REUTERS JERUSALEM, Russian, Ukraine, Jerusalem, Milan
Ethiopian United Nations peacekeepers on trucks patrol the outskirts of the disputed Abyei town that straddles the border between Sudan and South Sudan September 16, 2013. REUTERS/Andreea Campeanu/File PhotoKHARTOUM, April 26 (Reuters) - Up to 550 Ethiopian peacekeepers working in Sudan have sought asylum rather than return home for fear they will be persecuted due to their Tigrayan ethnicity, an official with direct knowledge of the plan said on Tuesday. Ethiopian government spokesperson Legesse Tulu and military spokesman Col. Getnet Adane did not immediately respond to Reuters' request for comment on the soldiers seeking asylum. Nor did spokespeople for the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, nor the U.N. peacekeeping office. At the beginning of the conflict, Tigrayan police and soldiers were disarmed and put in secure areas.
Persons: Andreea, Legesse, Getnet Adane, TPLF, Nafisa Eltahir, George Obulutsa, Katharine Houreld, Alexandra Hudson Organizations: Ethiopian United Nations, REUTERS, Reuters, United Nations, UNHCR, The United Nations, Alexandra Hudson Our, Thomson Locations: Sudan, South Sudan, KHARTOUM, Abyei, Kadugli, South Kordofan, Eritreans, Sudan's Gadaref, Ethiopia, Tigray, U.N, Darfur, Khartoum, Hereward Holland, Nairobi
The head of the World Health Organization has slammed the global community for its focus on the war in Ukraine, arguing that crises elsewhere, including in his home country of Ethiopia, are not being given equal consideration, possibly because those suffering are not white. WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus questioned “if the world really gives equal attention to Black and white lives,” given that the ongoing emergencies in Ethiopia, Yemen, Afghanistan and Syria have garnered only a “fraction” of the global concern for Ukraine. Last month, Tedros said there is ”nowhere on earth where the health of millions of people is more under threat” than Ethiopia’s Tigray region. Instead, only about 20 trucks have arrived, said Tedros, a former minister of health in Ethiopia and an ethnic Tigrayan. “I need to be blunt and honest that the world is not treating the human race the same way,” he said.
Persons: Adhanom Ghebreyesus, , Tedros, , ” Tedros, Ethiopia ” Organizations: World Health Organization, Eritrean, Ethiopian, Facebook, Twitter Locations: Ukraine, Ethiopia, WHO, Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria, Geneva, Ethiopia’s Tigray, Tigray
At the end of Kenneth Branagh’s Oscar-nominated movie “Belfast,” words appear over a lingering shot of the city’s legendary shipyards: “For those who stayed. In promoting the movie, Branagh spoke about the sense of dislocation he felt after his family left Belfast for England in 1969. Jude Hill stars as "Buddy" in "Belfast." She said watching parts of “Belfast” immediately prompted memories of her own childhood during the Eritrean War of Independence. “I used to absolutely hate being able to see nice things.”Reflecting on Branagh’s loving depiction of Belfast, Adin said it reflects a sentiment common among displaced people.
Persons: Kenneth Branagh’s Oscar, Branagh, “ Belfast ”, , Van Morrison, Buddy, Jude Hill, Rob Youngson, Sana, ” Murrani, Murrani, ” Aida Silvestri, , ’ ”, Silvestri, , , Buddy gingerly, Majid Adin, Adin, “ You’ve Organizations: “ Belfast, NBC News, Belfast, University of Plymouth, Studies Research Locations: Belfast, Northern Ireland, “ Belfast, England, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom, Branagh’s, Baghdad, U.S, Eritrean, , , Iranian, Mashhad, Iran
A Fatal Crossing on the Northern Border
  + stars: | 2022-03-14 | by ( Miriam Jordan | ) www.nytimes.com   time to read: +1 min
In the area around Pembina, N.D., just two miles from the Canadian border, the Indians were not the first to make the trek this winter. The previous week, the Border Patrol intercepted an Eritrean man who had plodded through the snow from Canada. Twice in December and on Jan. 12, agents found boot prints in the snow — migrants who had passed through and slipped away. But the family, perhaps trailing with two children, got separated from the rest as the migrants fought their way through the snowy darkness. “At negative 29 degrees wind chill, you can get frostbite within minutes,” said Scott Good, the Border Patrol’s chief patrol agent in the area.
Persons: , Scott Good Organizations: N.D, Border Patrol, Eritrean, Border Locations: Pembina, Canada, Emerson, Illinois
Emira D'Spain is a beauty influencer who recently signed a contract with Victoria's Secret. Her account recently caught the attention of Victoria's Secret, which signed the 25-year-old to a contract, making her the first Black trans woman to model for the lingerie giant. (Victoria's Secret did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.) She said she couldn't disclose how much her contract with Victoria's Secret was worth but said she made six figures influencing. Nathan IngrahamHow she grew her TikTok followingD'Spain launched her TikTok account in September 2019 but didn't start taking it seriously until April 2020.
Persons: She's, D'Spain, Emira D'Spain, D'spain, Nathan Ingraham, Nicki Minaj, Doja, Megan Thee, Emira D'Spain Nathan Ingraham Black, I've, who's Organizations: Victoria's, New York, Facebook, Miss New Locations: Paris, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Polish, Eritrean, Dallas, Miss New York
Members of Amhara special forces stand guard on the Ethiopia-Eritrean border near the town of Humera, Ethiopia July 1, 2021. Humanitarian sources and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) which controls the northern region said the air strike hit a university in the regional capital Mekelle. Humanitarian sources said a U.N. plane was forced to abort a scheduled landing in Mekelle due to the air strike. There are now more than 500,000 internally displaced people in the Amhara region, Atalel Abuhay the Director of Communications for the National Disaster Risk Management Commission told Reuters. But forces allied to the TPLF launched a counter-attack this year, recapturing Mekelle and nearly all of Tigray, and seizing swathes of Amhara.
Persons: Stringer, Legesse, Mekelle, Seid, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Maggie Fick, Ayenat, John Stonestreet, Peter Graff, Alex Richardson Organizations: REUTERS, Ethiopian, Reuters, CITY, Communications, Disaster Risk Management Commission, Dessie, Addis Ababa, Thomson Locations: Ethiopia, Eritrean, Humera, Mekelle, Amhara, Amhara ADDIS ABABA, Tigray, Dessie, panicking, Addis Ababa, Wuchale, Nairobi
Dutch put Eritrean trafficker on most wanted list
  + stars: | 2021-10-19 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
THE HAGUE, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Dutch prosecutors have put Eritrean trafficker Kidane Zekarias Habtemariam on their most wanted list and want try him for crimes related to his alleged people-smuggling ring. Kidane was sentenced to life in prison by a court in Ethiopia in absentia in June for starving and torturing African refugees and migrants headed for Europe in warehouses in Libya. The Dutch public prosecutor's office said an investigation revealed that Kidane's organisation "abuses, extorts, kidnaps and rapes Eritreans" who want to reach the Netherlands. The refugees and migrants are mistreated in camps in Libya while relatives living in the Netherlands are blackmailed, the authorities said in a press release. Under the concept of universal jurisdiction, Dutch law allows cases to be brought against foreign nationals for crimes committed abroad if victims are in the Netherlands.
Persons: Kidane Zekarias, Kidane, Eritreans, Stephanie van den Berg, Angus MacSwan Organizations: HAGUE, Thomson Locations: Ethiopia, Europe, Libya, Netherlands, Addis Ababa, Italy
WASHINGTON — President Biden will meet with President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya on Thursday amid an unfolding humanitarian disaster in neighboring Ethiopia that has prompted calls for the United States to put more resources toward the East African region. The two presidents are expected to discuss the situation in the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia, where some fighters have been accused of atrocities against civilians, including sexual violence, massacres and ethnic cleansing. Last month, Ethiopia expelled several senior United Nations officials amid accusations that Ethiopian officials were blocking aid deliveries to the region, even as at least five million people there are in need of help during a catastrophic famine. The decision to expel the United Nations officials was also seen as a rebuke to Mr. Biden, who last month threatened to issue sweeping sanctions against both the Ethiopian and Eritrean governments, as well as the Tigray People’s Liberation Front and the Amhara regional government, to stop the escalating violence. But the administration has yet to carry out the financial penalties against the strategic ally.
Persons: Biden, Uhuru Kenyatta, Biden’s, Mr Organizations: WASHINGTON, White, United Nations, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Amhara Locations: Kenya, Ethiopia, United States, African, Somalia, South Sudan, Tigray
REUTERS/StringerNAIROBI, Oct 13 (Reuters) - An air and ground offensive by Ethiopian troops and their allies against rebellious forces from the northern Tigray region is intensifying, a spokesperson for the Tigrayan forces said on Wednesday, claiming "staggering" casualties. Getachew Reda of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) told Reuters by phone that the Ethiopian military and allies from the Amhara region were fighting the Tigrayan forces on several fronts, in both the Amhara and Afar regions which neighbour Tigray. A spokesperson for the Ethiopian military did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Tigrayan forces were initially beaten back, but recaptured most of the region in July and pushed into the neighbouring Amhara and Afar regions, displacing hundreds of thousands more people. Another humanitarian worker citing witnesses said Eritrean forces were fighting Tigrayans in Berhale, a town in the Afar region.
Persons: Stringer, Getachew, Abiy Ahmed, Yemane Gebremeskel, Maggie Fick, Katharine Houreld, Nick Macfie Organizations: Ethiopia's National Defense Force, Tigray Special Forces, REUTERS, Ethiopian, Reuters, Eritrean, U.S . State Department, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Humera, Ethiopia, Stringer NAIROBI, Amhara, Weldiya, Afar, of Africa, Eritrea, Western Tigray, Sudan, Berhale
(CNN) Ethiopia's government has used the country's flagship commercial airline to shuttle weapons to and from neighboring Eritrea during the civil war in Ethiopia's Tigray region , a CNN investigation has found. Air waybill showing transportation of 'RIFFLE & DFS' -- in reference to rifles and dry foodstuffs per airline sources -- on an Ethiopian Airlines flight on November 12. Air waybill showing 'military refill' being transported on an Ethiopian Airlines flight on November 13. Ethiopian Airlines told CNN in its statement that no employees had been suspended or terminated due to their ethnic background. CNN has confirmed that these Emirates SkyCargo straps have been used on other Ethiopian Airlines flights.
Persons: refills, Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia's, Benno Baksteen, DEGAS, Abiy, Flightradar24, Dan Kaszeta, Emirates SkyCargo, AmSafe Bridport, Pablo Mendes de Leon, Mendes de Leon, Katherine Tai, Tai Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian Airlines, Star Alliance, National, International, Government, DFS, Ethiopian, Dutch, Group Aviation Safety, Eritrean, Boeing, Toyota, Ethiopian Airlines aircraft, Employees, Freighter, Royal United Services Institute, Bulgarian, Emirates, TSO, Convention, International Civil Aviation, Chicago Convention, The Hague, US, Emirates SkyCargo Locations: Eritrea, Ethiopia's Tigray, Addis, Asmara, Massawa, Tigray, United States, Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Eritrea's, Tigrayans, Axum, Dengelat, Bole, Belgium, Brussels, Shanghai, Flightradar24, London, Russia, Bulgaria, Bulgarian, Emirates, Bahir Dar, The, American, Ethiopian
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
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