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(Reuters) - There have been major violations of international law at two refugee camps in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, the U.N.’s refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Thursday. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi gestures as he speaks during his visit to Luzmila Hospital in Amman, Jordan September 14, 2020. “These are concrete indications of major violations of international law,” Filippo Grandi, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said in a statement. Grandi also said UNHCR teams had been unable to assist thousands of Eritrean refugees who continue to flee the camps. “Refugees arriving on foot in Shire town in Tigray are emaciated, begging for aid that is not available,” he said.
Persons: Filippo Grandi, Muhammad Hamed, ” Filippo Grandi, U.N, Abiy Ahmed, Grandi, , Organizations: Reuters, UNHCR, United Nations, Refugees, Luzmila, REUTERS, Planet Lab, Ethiopian Locations: Ethiopia’s, Tigray, Amman , Jordan, Eritrea, , California, Ethiopia, Shire
Sudan says Ethiopian military aircraft crossed its border
  + stars: | 2021-01-13 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
KHARTOUM (Reuters) - An Ethiopian military aircraft crossed the Sudanese-Ethiopian border‮ ‬in a ‮”‬dangerous and unjustified escalation”, Sudan’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. The incident “could have dangerous consequences, and cause more tension in the border area”, it added in a statement. Spokespeople for Ethiopia’s Foreign Ministry, the prime minister’s office and the military did not immediately answer phone calls and text messages requesting comment. Ethiopia warned Sudan on Tuesday that it was running out of patience with its neighbour’s continued military build-up in a disputed border area despite attempts to defuse tensions with diplomacy. Ethiopia says Sudan took advantage of its forces being distracted by the Tigray conflict to occupy Ethiopian land and loot properties.
Persons: Faisal Mohamed Saleh Organizations: Reuters, Ethiopian, Sudanese, Foreign, Ethiopia’s Foreign Ministry, Sudanese Foreign Ministry Locations: KHARTOUM, Ethiopia, Horn, Africa, Sudan, Khartoum, al, Tigray
Sudan says Ethiopian military aircraft crossed border
  + stars: | 2021-01-13 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
KHARTOUM (Reuters) - An Ethiopian military aircraft crossed the Sudanese-Ethiopian border‮ ‬in a ‮”‬dangerous and unjustified escalation”, Sudan’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Ethiopian women are seen in the Sudan-Ethiopia border area of al-Fashqa, in eastern Kassala state, Sudan, November 13, 2020. REUTERS/El Tayeb Siddig/File PhotoThere has been tension for decades over where the border lies between Ethiopia and Sudan. Spokespeople for Ethiopia’s Foreign Ministry, the prime minister’s office and the military did not immediately answer phone calls and text messages requesting comment. Ethiopia says Sudan took advantage of its forces being distracted by the Tigray conflict to occupy Ethiopian land and loot properties.
Persons: El Tayeb, Faisal Mohamed Saleh, Abdel Fattah al, Burhan, Organizations: Reuters, Ethiopian, Sudanese, REUTERS, Ethiopia’s Foreign Ministry Locations: KHARTOUM, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kassala, El, Al, Horn, Africa, Khartoum, al, Tigray
Ethiopia warns Sudan it is running out of patience over border dispute
  + stars: | 2021-01-12 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopia warned Sudan on Tuesday it was running out of patience with its neighbour’s continued military build-up in a disputed border area despite attempts to diffuse tensions with diplomacy. We ask of Ethiopia to stop attacking Sudanese territory and Sudanese farmers,” he told Reuters. Ethiopia says Sudan took advantage of its forces being distracted by the Tigray conflict to occupy Ethiopian land and loot properties. The border tensions come at a time when Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt are also trying to resolve a three-way row over Ethiopia’s Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan said on Sunday that they reached a new impasse in the dispute.
Persons: , Dina Mufti, , Feisal Mohamed Saleh, Ethiopia’s Dina Organizations: Sudanese, Ethiopian, , Reuters, United Nations, Ethiopia’s Locations: NAIROBI, Ethiopia, Sudan, Ethiopian, Addis Ababa, Tigray, Egypt
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
NAIROBI (Reuters) - About 2.2 million people have been displaced within Ethiopia’s Tigray region since fighting erupted there in November with about half fleeing after their homes were burned down, a local government official said. An official from Ethiopia’s National Disaster Risk Management Commission told Reuters on Wednesday that the figures cited by the administrator in Tigray were not official. A U.N. refugee agency official also said on Tuesday that Ethiopians were still crossing into neighbouring Sudan from Tigray. “Some 800 people crossed from Ethiopia’s Tigray region into eastern Sudan in just the first few days of the new year,” spokesman Andrej Mahecic told reporters in Geneva. More than 56,000 people have now crossed into Sudan from Tigray since the conflict started, according to the U.N. refugee agency’s latest data.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Abiy Ahmed, Mitiku Kassa, Andrej Mahecic Organizations: REUTERS, Risk Management Commission, Reuters Locations: NAIROBI, Ethiopia’s Tigray, Ethiopia, Sudan, Tigray, Kassa, , Geneva
Sudan declares full control of border territory settled by Ethiopians
  + stars: | 2020-12-31 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan said on Thursday its forces had taken control of all of Sudanese territory in a border area settled by Ethiopian farmers, after weeks of clashes. Ethiopia, for its part, accused its neighbour of sending forces into its territory for attacks. Clashes have occurred in recent weeks over agricultural land in the al-Fashqa area, which lies within Sudan’s international boundaries but has been settled by Ethiopian farmers for years. On Saturday, Sudan said it had taken control of most, but not all, of the territory. At a news conference on Tuesday, Ethiopia’s foreign ministry spokesman Dina Mufti accused Sudan of sending troops onto its land.
Persons: Omar Gamareldin, Dina Mufti, , Abdelfattah al, Burhan, Mufti Organizations: Reuters, Locations: KHARTOUM, Sudan, Ethiopian, Ethiopia, Ethiopia’s, Tigray, “ Sudan, Egypt
Banks re-open in Ethiopia's Mekelle for first time since war began
  + stars: | 2020-12-28 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government declared victory after seizing Mekelle from the rebellious northern Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) on Nov. 28. The conflict between Ethiopian federal forces and the TPLF is believed to have killed thousands and displaced around 950,000 people. Earlier this month, residents reported shortages of food, water and fuel in the city. On Tuesday, the U.N.’s World Food Programme announced it had been able to distribute food at two of the four camps for Eritrean refugees. Ethiopia has a general election scheduled for June and is drafting a bill to establish an Ethiopian stock market.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed’s, Ataklti Haile Selassie, Abiy’s Organizations: Banking, Fana, Mekelle, Ethiopia Press Agency, Ethiopian, Food, Refugees Locations: NAIROBI, Ethiopia’s, Tigray, Fana, Mekelle’s, Eritrea, Ethiopia
Banks reopen in Ethiopia's Mekelle for first time since war broke out
  + stars: | 2020-12-28 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
NAIROBI/GENEVA (Reuters) -Banking services have resumed in the capital of Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region for the first time since war broke out there on Nov. 4, state-affiliated Fana TV said on Monday, as the government seeks to restore normality. Slideshow ( 2 images )Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government declared victory after seizing Mekelle from the former local ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), on Nov. 28. Fana cited an interview conducted by state-run Ethiopia Press Agency with Mekelle’s mayor Ataklti Haile Selassie, in which he said banks had opened their doors. The conflict between federal forces and the TPLF is believed to have killed thousands and displaced around 950,000 people. I worry about the whole country, I cannot worry about my younger brother or my relatives alone, because the situation is worsening ...
Persons: Abiy Ahmed’s, Ataklti Haile Selassie, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Tedros, , COVID Organizations: Banking, Fana TV, Mekelle, Ethiopia Press Agency, World Health Organization, WHO, Locations: NAIROBI, GENEVA, Ethiopia’s, Tigray, Fana, Mekelle’s, Geneva, Ethiopia
Ethiopian police arrest Reuters cameraman
  + stars: | 2020-12-28 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
NAIROBI (Reuters) - A Reuters cameraman, Kumerra Gemechu, was arrested in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Thursday and will be kept in custody for at least two weeks, his family said. A photograph from the family album shows Reuters cameraman Kumerra Gemechu in this picture released on December 27, 2020. Handout via REUTERSNo reason was provided to the family for Thursday’s arrest, and police did not respond to Reuters’ requests for comment. The arrest followed the beating of a Reuters photographer, Tiksa Negeri, by two Ethiopian federal police officers on Dec. 16. Kumerra covered the Tigray conflict, but Reuters was unable to determine whether his arrest was connected to his work.
Persons: Kumerra Gemechu, , Stephen J, Adler, Kumerra, ” Adler, Hawi Desalegn, , Abiy Ahmed, CPJ, Abiy, Billene Organizations: Reuters, Handout, REUTERS, Police, Ethiopian Broadcasting Authority, ” Reuters, Protect Journalists Locations: NAIROBI, Addis Ababa, Negeri, Ethiopia, Ethiopia’s, Tigray, New York, Oromiya
Sudan taking control of land on border with Ethiopia -minister
  + stars: | 2020-12-26 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan has taken control of most of the land it accuses Ethiopians of encroaching upon near the border between the two countries, the Sudanese information minister said on Saturday. REUTERS/El Tayeb Siddig/File PhotoTensions in the border region have flared since the outbreak of conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region in early November and the arrival of more than 50,000 mainly Tigrayan refugees in eastern Sudan. Disputes have been concentrated on agricultural land in al-Fashqa, which falls within Sudan’s international boundaries but has long been settled by Ethiopian farmers. There have been armed clashes between Sudanese and Ethiopian forces in recent weeks, with both sides accusing the other of instigating the violence. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed blamed “parties with hidden motives to create hostility and suspicion between peoples” for the violence, in a statement issued on Thursday.
Persons: El Tayeb, Faisal Salih, Salih, , Mekonnen, Abiy Ahmed Organizations: Reuters, REUTERS, Ethiopian, Sudanese Locations: KHARTOUM, Sudan, Tigray, Ethiopia, al, Kassala, El, Ethiopia’s, Khartoum
Ethiopia says national election to be held in June
  + stars: | 2020-12-25 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia will hold a parliamentary election on June 5, the electoral board said on Friday, as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed seeks to quell political and ethnic violence in several regions. Tigray held its own elections in September in defiance of the federal government, which declared the polls illegal. The National Electoral Board said next year’s calendar for polls did not include an election in Tigray. It said the date for a Tigray vote would be set once an interim government, which was established during the conflict, opened election offices. For nearly three decades until Abiy’s appointment, Ethiopia was ruled by a coalition of four ethnically-based movements dominated by the party from Tigray.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Jawar Mohammed, Haacaaluu Hundeessaa Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Ethiopian, Presidential Press Service, Abiy’s Prosperity Party, Electoral Board, Prosperity Party, Liberation, Oromo Federalist Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia, Lamu County, Kenya, Tigray, Eritrea, Sudan, Ethiopia’s, Oromiya, Addis Ababa
Ethiopia sets national election for mid-2021
  + stars: | 2020-12-25 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) -Ethiopia will hold a parliamentary election on June 5, 2021, the National Electoral Board said on Friday, as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed tries to quell outbreaks of deadly political and ethnic violence in several regions. Africa’s second most populous nation has a federal system and 10 regional governments, many of whom have border disputes or face low-level unrest. In the northern Tigray region, thousands of people are believed to have died and 950,000 have fled their homes since fighting between regional forces and the federal government erupted on Nov. 4. The election board said its calendar for next year’s polls does not include an election in Tigray. For nearly three decades until Abiy’s appointment, Ethiopia was ruled by a coalition of four ethnically-based movements dominated by the party from Tigray.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Jawar Mohammed, Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, Haacaaluu Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Electoral, Ethiopian, Presidential Press Service, Abiy’s Prosperity Party, Prosperity Party, Oromo Federalist Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia, Lamu County, Kenya, Tigray, Eritrea, Sudan, Oromiya, Oromo, Ethiopia’s
Ethiopia's PM says forces have been sent into Benishangul-Gumuz region
  + stars: | 2020-12-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.51   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed address the media after inspecting ongoing developments at the new 32-berth Lamu Port in Lamu County, Kenya December 9, 2020. Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERSADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Thursday he had deployed forces to the western Benishangul-Gumuz region, a day after gunmen killed more than 100 people in the area, which has seen regular ethnic violence. “The massacre of civilians in Benishangul-Gumuz region is very tragic,” Abiy said on Twitter. Residents on Wednesday described to Reuters seeing dozens of dead bodies and being chased by unknown gunmen shooting at locals. In a separate part of the country, Ethiopia’s military has been fighting rebels in the northern Tigray region for more than six weeks in a conflict that has displaced close to 950,000 people.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, ” Abiy, ” Africa’s, Abiy Organizations: Ethiopian, Presidential Press Service, ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Ethiopia’s, Human Rights Commission, Twitter, Residents Locations: Lamu County, Kenya, ADDIS, Bekoji, Bulen county, Benishangul, Tigray
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - More than 100 people were killed in a shooting attack on Wednesday in Ethiopia’s Benishangul-Gumuz region, the state-appointed human rights commission said. Gunmen shot people in the Bulen area of the region, in western Ethiopia, and set on fire the homes of sleeping residents, the commission said in a statement.
Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia’s, Bulen, Ethiopia
Dozens dead after attack by gunmen in Ethiopia's Benishangul-Gumuz region
  + stars: | 2020-12-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.77   time to read: 1 min
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Dozens of people died in an attack early Wednesday by gunmen in Ethiopia’s western region of Benishangul-Gumuz, residents told Reuters, the latest deadly violence between rival ethnic groups in the region. One farmer in the town of Bulen told Reuters he saw dozens of dead bodies in a field near his home. Another resident of the town, who said armed men stormed the area around 6.00 a.m. (0300 GMT), told Reuters he counted 20 bodies in a different location. An official from the region who spoke on condition of anonymity said authorities were aware of the attack and were verifying details of the identities of the attackers and the victims, but did not give further information. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the military’s chief of staff Birhanu Jula visited the region on Tuesday to urge peace after a number of deadly incidents in recent months.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Birhanu Jula Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Ethiopian Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia’s, Benishangul, Bulen
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) -Dozens of people died in a dawn attack on Wednesday by unknown gunmen in Ethiopia’s western region of Benishangul-Gumuz, residents told Reuters, the latest deadly violence in the area. Even before the Tigray war erupted last month, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government had been grappling with rising insecurity in many parts of the country. 82 BODIES COUNTED IN FIELDBelay Wajera, a farmer in the western town of Bulen, told Reuters he counted 82 dead bodies in a field near his home after Wednesday’s dawn attack. The most recent previous attack in the area was on Nov. 14, when gunmen targeted a bus and killed 34 people. The prime minister’s spokeswoman did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Wednesday’s attack.
Persons: Abiy, , Hassen Yimama, Birhanu Jula, ” Abiy Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Federal, United Nations Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia’s, Benishangul, Africa, Tigray, Bulen, Ethiopia, Metekel
U.N. aims to get rights team to Ethiopia's Tigray
  + stars: | 2020-12-22 | by ( Emma Farge | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations is striving to get a team on the ground to investigate alleged human rights violations including a mass killing in Ethiopia’s Tigray, described by the U.N. rights chief as one of many “appalling” human rights abuses that could amount to war crimes. Ethiopians who fled the ongoing fighting in Tigray region gather to receive relief aid at the Um-Rakoba camp on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in Kassala state, Sudan December 17, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/File PhotoEthiopia’s army has been fighting rebellious forces in the northern Tigray region for over six weeks in a conflict that has displaced close to 950,000 people. Access for humanitarian workers has until recent days been impossible and rights workers are now seeking access on the ground to verify reports. U.N. rights office (OHCHR) spokeswoman Liz Throssell later told a Geneva virtual briefing that her office had been holding talks with the Ethiopian government and was aiming to prepare a team to verify rights abuses as soon as possible.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, , Michelle Bachelet, Mai Kadra, Liz Throssell Organizations: United, REUTERS, Ethiopian, Reuters Locations: GENEVA, United Nations, Ethiopia’s Tigray, Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kassala state, Mai, Geneva, Fano, Amhara
FILE PHOTO: Ethiopians who fled the ongoing fighting in Tigray region gather to receive relief aid at the Um-Rakoba camp on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in Kassala state, Sudan December 17, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/File PhotoInternal conflict in Ethiopia has driven more than 50,000 refugees into Sudan in just over a month, triggering a complex aid operation in an impoverished region of Sudan. Sudan has boosted its military presence near its eastern frontier since the conflict between Ethiopian federal forces and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) started on Nov. 4. “The conflict area in Ethiopia is a border area, and it’s close to Sudan, Eritrea, and South Sudan. Three decades ago, Sudan backed Tigrayan forces that toppled Ethiopia’s Marxist Derg rulers in a conflict that sent previous waves of refugees fleeing west over the border.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, , Abiy Ahmed, Faisal Salih, Abdalla Hamdok, Abiy, Salih, Mervat Hamadelnil, Omar al, Bashir, Ethiopia’s, Suliman Baldo Organizations: Reuters, REUTERS, Ethiopian, Amhara, Sudan’s, United Nations, Sudanese, The Locations: KHARTOUM, DUBAI, Ethiopia, Tigray, Sudan, Kassala state, Ethiopia’s, Khartoum, Egypt, Eritrea, South Sudan, COVID, Washington
A signage at an entrance to the African Union (AU) Mission is pictured in Washington, D.C., U.S. December 15, 2020. The security breach was carried out by a Chinese hacking group nicknamed “Bronze President,” according to a five-page internal memo reviewed by Reuters. Chinese workers built the AU’s showpiece new conference center in 2012 and Chinese technicians still help maintain the organization’s digital infrastructure. Any official protest over the spying is unlikely, according to the former AU official. For that reason, the former official expects that the surveillance camera incident - like the listening devices reported in 2018 - would be swept under the rug.
Persons: Raphael Satter, ” “, Ebba Kalondo, Koichiro Komiyama, Mark Osborn, it’s, Organizations: WASHINGTON, African Union, Washington , D.C, Reuters, AU, Japan’s CERT, Dell Technologies Locations: Washington ,, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s, Beijing, Africa, China, Shanghai, Le, Mongolia, India
First NGO aid gets to Ethiopia's Tigray, businesses to re-open
  + stars: | 2020-12-12 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The first non-governmental aid convoy since fighting started arrived in the capital of Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region on Saturday, as the government ordered businesses to re-open and officials to return to work. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File PhotoThe federal government restricted access to Tigray after fighting began on Nov. 4 between its troops and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), a political party that ruled the province. Phone and internet connections are gradually being restored, but most of the region remains unreachable for journalists and outside aid agencies. “Peace and stability has been established in most of the towns in the region, including Mekelle. Businesses must return to normal from tomorrow,” the state news agency quoted Mulu Nega, the head of the interim authority, as saying.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Cross, , Patrick Youssef, TPLF, Mulu Nega, Um, Tewelo Gabrageres Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, REUTERS, Mekelle, International Committee, Ethiopian, Cross, ICRC, United Nations, Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia’s, Tigray, Ethiopia, Sudan, Mekelle, Africa
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States believes reports of Eritrean military involvement in the conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region are “credible,” a State Department spokesperson told Reuters on Thursday, despite denials by both nations. “We are aware of credible reports of Eritrean military involvement in Tigray and view this as a grave development. The State Department spokesperson noted reports of human rights abuses in Tigray. The TPLF claims to have killed and captured large numbers of Eritrean troops in the last month, but has provided no evidence. Reuters, citing diplomatic sources, reported on Tuesday that Eritrean troops were believed to have entered Ethiopia in mid-November through three northern border towns: Zalambessa, Rama and Badme.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed’s, Abiy, , Osman Saleh, Isaias Afwerki, Rama, Mesfin, Isaias Organizations: WASHINGTON, State Department, Residents, REUTERS, Negeri, Reuters, Eritrean, Ethiopian, African Union, The State Department, Eritrea’s, U.S . State Department Locations: United States, Ethiopia’s Tigray, Dansha, Tigray Region, Ethiopia, Tigray, Eritrea, South Sudan, Somalia,
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Two U.S. senators have called on their government to consider imposing sanctions on any political or military officials found to be responsible for human rights violations during a month of conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region. REUTERS/Baz RatnerThe proposed resolution was introduced on Wednesday by Senator Ben Cardin, a Democrat, and Senator Jim Risch, a Republican. Ethiopia’s state-appointed human rights commission’s initial report found that an estimated 600 civilians were killed in that attack. RESTORING ORDERU.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said in Geneva on Wednesday that events in Tigray were still “worrying and volatile”. “There is an urgent need for independent monitoring of the human rights situation in the Tigray region, all necessary measures to protect civilians, and accountability for violations,” Bachelet said.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Ben Cardin, Jim Risch, Cardin, Risch, Abiy, ” Cardin, Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, ” Bachelet, Abiy’s, Billene Seyoum, , Bob Menendez, U.N, Antonio Guterres Organizations: REUTERS, Democrat, Republican, Ethiopian, United Nations, Reuters, Amnesty, Human Rights, Refugees Locations: NAIROBI, Ethiopia’s, Tigray, Sudan, United States, Ethiopia, Mekelle, Mai Kadra, Geneva
For the past decade Ethiopia has boasted of one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, welcoming billions of dollars in foreign direct investment from the U.S. and China and lifting more than 20 million people out of poverty. Now, a monthlong civil war, coronavirus lockdowns and historic locust infestations have left the once-golden economy stumbling, as it grapples with one of Africa’s most perilous debt loads, soaring inflation and the risk of a protracted insurgency. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has claimed victory after taking the rebel stronghold of Mekelle, but TPLF fighters have retreated into remote mountainous regions and vow to continue fighting. Roads, bridges, a power plant and a sugar mill have been destroyed. The Ethiopian currency has sunk 20% against the dollar this year, suppressing purchasing power across a nation where millions of people are already dependent on food aid.
Persons: coronavirus, Abiy Ahmed Locations: Ethiopia, U.S, China, Tigray, Mekelle
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