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REUTERS/Tiksa NegeriADDIS ABABA, May 2 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's state-appointed rights commission said on Monday it was investigating a video showing a group of fighters in Ethiopian army fatigues abusing and shooting a boy they accused of being from the embattled Tigray region. Badges on the chests of several fighters read "Ethiopian Army". Neither Ethiopia government spokesperson Legesse Tulu, military spokesman Colonel Getnet Adane responded to requests for comment on the video. Reuters was not able to verify the time and location where the video was filmed or the actions it showed. The film of the flaming man trying to escape and being pushed back by uniformed security forces was posted on social media.
Persons: Daniel Bekele, Legesse, Getnet Adane, Abiy Ahmed, Hereward Holland, Frank Jack Daniel Our Organizations: Ethiopian National Defence Force, REUTERS, Tiksa, Tiksa Negeri ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Ethiopian Human Rights, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Kasagita town, Afar, Ethiopia, Tiksa Negeri ADDIS, Abiy, Nairobi
Ammunition is seen next to a tank destroyed in a fight between the Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF) and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) forces in Kasagita town, Afar region, Ethiopia, February 25, 2022. Picture taken February 25, 2022.REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File PhotoApril 29 (Reuters) - The United States wants the opposing sides involved in conflict in Ethiopia to advance a negotiated ceasefire and for essential services to be restored in the Tigray region, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday. "We now urge the parties... to seize the opportunity to advance a negotiated ceasefire, including the necessary security arrangements, and call for the restoration of essential services in Tigray on an urgent basis," he said in a statement. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterReporting by Costas Pitas in Los Angeles Editing by Chris ReeseOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Costas Pitas, Chris Reese Organizations: Ethiopian National Defence Force, REUTERS, Tiksa, United, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Kasagita town, Afar, Ethiopia, United States, U.S, Los Angeles
Ethiopia denies Tigrayan forces pulled out of Afar region
  + stars: | 2022-04-28 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
Picture taken February 25, 2022.REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File PhotoNAIROBI, April 28 (Reuters) - The Ethiopian government said on Thursday that rebellious Tigrayan forces are still in the neighbouring region of Afar, despite a spokesman for the Tigrayan forces announcing their withdrawal days earlier. Government spokesperson Legesse Tulu told state media that the news that Tigrayan forces had left Afar were "big lies." The Tigrayan forces said they were withdrawing so humanitarian convoys could enter. Tigrayan forces have been fighting the central government since November 2020, when conflict erupted between the two sides. Tigrayan forces agreed to respect the ceasefire on the condition that sufficient aid was delivered to their region "within reasonable time".
Persons: Legesse, Ahmed Harif, Reda, Abiy Ahmed, Giulia Paravicini, William Maclean Organizations: Ethiopian National Defence Force, REUTERS, Tiksa, Ethiopian, Government, Reuters, United Nations, Food, Nations, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Kasagita town, Afar, Ethiopia, NAIROBI
Fighting in northern Ethiopia, which began in November 2020 in the Tigray region and spilled over into Afar and the Amhara region last year, has eased since the end of March. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterBut discarded explosives have maimed or killed scores of children in Afar even after open combat near Kasagita abated in December, three regional health officials told Reuters. The health officials did not provide an exact total of injuries by unexploded ordnance in Afar. The first victim of unexploded ordnance in Kasagita was 2-year-old Saed Noore, who was killed on Feb. 16 while playing outside his house, three residents said. In the following five days, four other children between the ages of 4 and 10 were brought to Abdollah's clinic with injuries from unexploded ordnance, he said.
Persons: Eysa Mohammed, Eysa, Tigrayan, Tamer Ibrahim, Abdollah Dooran, Mark Hiznay, Lia Tadesse, Mohammed Yusuf, Getachew, Abiy, Gizachew Muluneh, Noore, Abdollah, Dawud Ali, Dubti, Giulia Paravicini, Dawit Endeshaw, Katharine Houreld, Aaron Ross, Frank Jack Daniel Our Organizations: Ethiopian National Defence Forces, REUTERS, Hospital, Reuters, Afar ., Humanitarian Affairs, Residents, Rights Watch, Ethiopian, hospital's, Referral, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Dubti town, Afar, Ethiopia, KASAGITA, Ethiopia's, Kasagita, Amhara, Afar's, New York, Mekelle, Djibouti, Addis Ababa, Dubti
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali and his wife Zinash Tayachew take part in a memorial service for the victims of the Tigray conflict organized by the city administration, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on November 3, 2021. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has reportedly traveled to lead his security forces from the frontlines in the war effort against advancing Tigrayan rebels. State-affiliated news outlet Fana reported on Wednesday that Abiy had left for battle, with Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen Hassen taking charge of the government in his absence. The prime minister served in the Ethiopian army during the 1998-2000 border war with Eritrea and obtained the rank of lieutenant colonel. He said there are very few federal troops on the frontline for Abiy to command, with government-supporting militias in the northern Amhara holding back opposition groups.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed Ali, Zinash Tayachew, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Demeke Mekonnen, Haile Gebrselassie, Feyisa Lilesa, Robert Besseling Organizations: Ethiopian, Olympic, Ethiopian National Defence Forces, Ethiopian Federalist, Confederalist Forces, CNBC Locations: Tigray, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Fana, Eritrea, Abiy, Amhara
As rebels advance, Ethiopia braces for all-out war
  + stars: | 2021-11-08 | by ( Elliot Smith | ) www.cnbc.com   time to read: +2 min
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia: People hold lit candles in a memorial service for the victims of the Tigray conflict organized by the city administration, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on November 3, 2021. The city administration in Addis Ababa last week held a candlelit memorial service for the victims of the Tigray conflict on its one-year anniversary. International human rights violationsOn Wednesday, the Office of the U.N. Commissioner for Human Rights and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission released a joint report documenting human rights violations by all parties against civilians in Tigray. The Ethiopian government has vowed to investigate allegations of human rights abuses, but Laetitia Bader, Horn of Africa director at Human Rights Watch, has called for "robust international scrutiny." Reports have also emerged of government forces rounding up Tigrayans in the capital, raising fears of ethnically motivated violence.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Laetitia Bader, Horn Organizations: Tigray Defence Forces, Ethiopian Federalist, Confederalist Forces, Ethiopian National Defence Force, Human Rights, Ethiopian Human Rights, Ethiopian, Human Rights Watch Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Tigray, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's, Africa
A fourth region, Amhara, has already been locked in conflict with Tigray since the war erupted in November. Both Amhara and Tigray claim the fertile fields of western and southern Tigray. In the past week, Tigrayan forces have retaken much of the south, but the west is heavily militarised. "We have already deployed our special forces and they will join ENDF. It is the ENDF that is in charge where the special forces will be deployed," said Oromiya Region spokesperson Getachew Balcha.
Persons: Getachew Balcha, Abiy Ahmed, George Obulutsa, Alex Richardson Organizations: Southern Nations Nationalities, Peoples, Ethiopian National Defence Force, ENDF, Reuters, The Southern Nations Nationalities, Amhara Media Corporation, Thomson Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Tigray, Oromiya, Peoples ' Region, Amhara, Western Tigray, Peoples ', Debre Markos, Ethiopia, Mekelle
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
REUTERS/Tiksa NegeriADDIS ABABA, June 30 (Reuters) - The Ethiopian army could re-enter the Tigray regional capital of Mekelle within weeks if needed, a spokesman for the Ethiopian government task force said on Wednesday, adding a ceasefire declared on Monday was for humanitarian reasons. It was the first public statement by any official in Ethiopia's federal government since Mekelle was seized by Tigrayan forces this week. read more"Ethiopia is exposed to an attack from outsiders" because of the conflict, Redwan Hussein, spokesman for the Ethiopian government's task force for Tigray, told reporters in apparent reference to Sudan. read moreOn Tuesday, Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) spokesman Getachew Reda told Reuters that the ceasefire declaration was a "joke". "If it is required, we can easily enter to Mekelle and we can enter in less than three weeks," he said.
Persons: Ethiopia's Redwan Hussein, Mekelle, Redwan Hussein, Getachew Reda, Redwan, Dawit Endeshaw, Nick Macfie, Andrew Heavens Organizations: State, Foreign Affairs, Ethiopian National Defence Force, Tigray Regional Special Forces, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, REUTERS, Tiksa, Ethiopian, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tiksa Negeri ADDIS ABABA, Mekelle, Sudan
CNN's efforts to reach Axum were thwarted by both Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers multiple times over several days. Ethiopian soldiers block CNN's path, threatening the team with detention. CNN was informed by aid agencies that they had also been turned back by Eritrean soldiers manning the same checkpoint. Ethiopian military sources in the region confirmed to CNN that Eritrean soldiers were in control of key checkpoints along the route to Axum. That report was corroborated by humanitarian workers in Tigray, who said they had "protection" issues around distributing aid in some areas as civilians were later robbed of the aid by Eritrean soldiers.
Persons: Biden, aren't, Abiy Ahmed, Antony Blinken, Ned Price, Blinken, Alex Platt, Mark Lowcock, Linda Thomas, Greenfield, gurney, Girmay, we're, Thomas Thompson, hadn't, Tigray's Abiy, Emily Dakin, Meskel, Hannibal, haltingly, Bethlehem, Gianluca Mezzofiore, Katie Polglase, Read Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Abiy, Ethiopian National Defence Force, Command, USAID, Eritrean Defence Forces, EDF, Sans Frontieres, Axum University, Referral Hospital, Referral, UN, Food, World Peace Foundation, Emergency, Tigray's, Axum Teaching Locations: Tigray, Tigray's, Mekelle, Axum, Africa, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Adigrat, Greenfield, Ethiopian, Chila, Hawzen, Samre, Mekele
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Eritrea has agreed to withdraw troops from Ethiopian territory along their common border, Ethiopia’s prime minister said on Friday, days after acknowledging that Eritrean forces had entered Ethiopia’s Tigray region during an almost five-month war. Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks during a question and answer session with lawmakers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, November 30, 2020. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri“Eritrea has agreed to withdraw its forces out of the Ethiopian border,” Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said in a statement on Twitter the day after arriving in Eritrea’s capital, Asmara, to meet President Isaias Afwerki. The Ethiopian National Defence Force will take over guarding the border area effective immediately, Abiy said. Eritrean troops have gone further into Tigray than just along the joint border.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Isaias Afwerki, Abiy, Yemane Gebremeskel, Antony Blinken, Blinken Organizations: Ethiopia's, REUTERS, Negeri, Ethiopian, Ethiopian National Defence Force, Sans Locations: NAIROBI, Eritrea, Ethiopian, Ethiopia’s Tigray, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Negeri “ Eritrea, Eritrea’s, Asmara, Tigray, Mekelle, Shire, Amhara
(CNN) Eritrea will withdraw its troops from Ethiopia, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Friday, days after acknowledging for the first time that Eritrean forces had entered Ethiopia's northern Tigray region during the country's five-month-old conflict. "The government of Eritrea has agreed to withdraw its forces out of the Ethiopian border. The Ethiopian National Defense Force will take over guarding the border areas effective immediately," Abiy said in a statement on Twitter after meeting with Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki in the Eritrean capital of Asmara. The Ethiopian National Defence Force will take over guarding the border areas immediately, Abiy said. CNN has previously reported that soldiers from neighboring Eritrea had crossed into Tigray and perpetrated extrajudicial killings, massacres, sexual violence and other human rights abuses.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Isaias Afwerki, Read Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Ethiopian National Defense Force, Twitter, Ethiopian National Defence Force Locations: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Tigray, Ethiopian, Asmara, Ethiopia's Amhara
REUTERS/Tiksa NegeriADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia said on Tuesday that there were fighters from the rebellious northern region of Tigray who had not been defeated, after the government declared its military offensive there over. “There are a few remnants of the militia or special forces not yet controlled,” Redwan Hussein, spokesman of the government’s task force for the Tigray crisis, told reporters. The army seized the regional capital Mekelle from the TPLF and declared an end to their month-long offensive. Most communications in Tigray are down and access to the area is severely restricted, making it hard to verify either side’s statements. The government spokesman also said “sporadic shooting” was continuing in Tigray, which he said was not uncommon for the area.
Persons: Ethiopia's Redwan Hussein, ” Redwan Hussein, Abiy, Organizations: State, Foreign Affairs, Ethiopian National Defence Force, Tigray Regional Special Forces, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, REUTERS, Tiksa, Tiksa Negeri ADDIS ABABA, Reuters Locations: Tigray, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tiksa Negeri ADDIS, Sudan, Mekelle
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - A United Nations team visiting Ethiopia’s rebellious Tigray region was shot at after breaking through two checkpoints, the government said on Tuesday, proclaiming that it did not need a “baby-sitter” for relief operations in the war-hit north. REUTERS/Tiksa NegeriThe U.N. security team was seeking access to the Shimelba camp for Eritrean refugees when they were fired at on Sunday. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s federal army has been battling the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in the region since Nov. 4, with thousands feared dead. Redwan Hussein, spokesman for the Ethiopian government’s task force for Tigray, told reporters that the U.N. team broke two checkpoints driving hastily to an unauthorized area. With reports of continued fighting in Tigray, Redwan acknowledged there was sporadic shooting in parts, but added that was not uncommon for the area.
Persons: , Ethiopia's Redwan Hussein, Abiy, Redwan Hussein, Isaias Afwerki’s, Redwan, ” Redwan Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, United Nations, State, Foreign Affairs, Ethiopian National Defence Force, Tigray Regional Special Forces, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, REUTERS, Ethiopian Locations: ADDIS, Tigray, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Nairobi, Eritrea, ETHIOPIA, Sudan, Mekelle
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s federal military operations in the north have “clear, limited and achievable objectives”, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Friday, after the head of the United Nations said he was deeply alarmed by fighting in the country’s Tigray region. A still image taken from a video shows Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed addressing the nation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia November 4, 2020. The military campaign in the north has “clear, limited and achievable objectives”, Abiy wrote on Twitter. “The stability of Ethiopia is important for the entire Horn of Africa region. The TPLF was for decades the dominant political force in the country’s multi-ethnic ruling coalition, until Abiy, a member of the Oromo ethnic group, took office two years ago.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, General António Guterres, ” Guterres, Debretsion Gebremichael Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, United Nations, Ethiopian, Ethiopia Broadcasting, REUTERS, Twitter, Ethiopian National Defence Forces Locations: ADDIS, Tigray, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, U.N, Africa, Abdurafi, Amhara, Eritrea
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