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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
ADDIS ABABA, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Ethiopia said on Thursday that rebellious forces from the Tigray region had been defeated in the adjacent Afar region and had withdrawn, but the Tigrayan forces said they had merely shifted troops to neighbouring Amhara for an offensive there. Foreign affairs ministry spokesperson Dina Mutfi cited "military information" when referring to what he called the defeat, at a news conference in Addis Ababa. Tigrayan spokesperson Getachew Reda spoke to Reuters by satellite phone from an undisclosed location. Spokespeople for the Ethiopian military and the Prime Minister's office were not immediately reachable for comment. Reporting by Addis Ababa newsroom; Additional reporting and writing by Maggie Fick; Editing by Kevin LiffeyOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Dina Mutfi, Getachew Reda, Maggie Fick, Kevin Liffey Organizations: Reuters, Ethiopian, Addis, Thomson Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Tigray, Amhara, Addis Ababa, Tigrayan
REUTERS/StringerADDIS ABABA, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Rebellious forces from the Tigray region killed 120 civilians over two days in a village in Ethiopia's Amhara region, local officials told Reuters on Wednesday. It is the first such report of Tigrayan forces killing a large number of civilians since they seized territory in Amhara. Video interviews provided to Reuters by the Gondar city government indicated that villagers fought the Tigrayan forces. During the war, regional forces and militiamen from the Amhara region have sought to settle a decades-old land dispute between the Amhara and Tigray regions. Though the Tigrayan forces have seized back most of the Tigray region, they have not taken back the heavily militarized and contested area of western Tigray.
Persons: Stringer ADDIS ABABA, Sewnet Wubalem, Chalachew Dagnew, Getachew Reda, Maggie Fick, Jon Boyle, Timothy Heritage, Gareth Jones Organizations: Ethiopia's National Defense Force, Tigray Special Forces, REUTERS, Reuters, Ethiopian, Twitter, Addis Ababa, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Humera, Ethiopia, Ethiopia's Amhara, Dabat, Gondar, Amhara, Afar, The U.S
“Sometimes, like in a good marriage, we have to say what we are feeling at that moment,” he said. Those remarks drew an angry response from the T.P.L.F., highlighting the great difficulty in maintaining good relations with both sides in the Ethiopian conflict. spokesman, Getachew Reda, lashed out at the American characterization of his fighters as opportunists, and blamed any looting in Amhara on local forces. “While we cannot vouch for every unacceptable behavior of off-grid fighters in such matters, we have evidence that such looting is mainly orchestrated by local individuals & groups,” Mr. Reda wrote. The Ethiopian government says it needs help for 500,000 people in the Amhara and Afar regions, where fighting spread in July after Tigrayan fighters recaptured most of Tigray from government forces.
Persons: Power’s, , Jones, , Getachew Reda, Mr, Reda Organizations: Ethiopian, Twitter Locations: Ethiopia, United States, Amhara, Tigray, Afar
President of the Somali Region Mustafa Muhumed Omer attends a Reuters interview in Jijiga, Ethiopia January 14, 2020. Somali region President Mustafa Muhumed Omer said the road and rail had been blocked by local youth protesting against an attack on Saturday. "We are working to open the Djibouti rail and road today," Mustafa, the Somali region President, told Reuters in a text message. The most deadly violence, however, has emanated from the Tigray region. Getachew Reda, spokesperson for the TPLF, told Reuters on Wednesday its fighters were near Debark, about 102 km (63 miles) north of Gondar, one of Amhara's largest cities.
Persons: Somali Region Mustafa Muhumed Omer, Giulia Paravicini, Mustafa Muhumed Omer, Mustafa, Abiy Ahmed, Getachew Reda, Bahir Dar, Gizachew Muluneh, Maggie Fick, Dawit Endeshaw, William Maclean Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations Conference, Trade, Development, Reuters, Djibouti, Wednesday, Kobo, Abiy, Ethiopian, Thomson Locations: Somali Region, Jijiga, Ethiopia, NAIROBI, Addis Ababa, Djibouti, Somali, Afar, Horn of Africa, Tigray, Debark, Gondar, Amhara, Bahir, Olbia, Italy, Nairobi
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/Stringer/File PhotoNAIROBI/ADDIS ABABA, July 26 (Reuters) - Residents of Ethiopia's Amhara region said on Monday some young men were responding to a weekend call to arms by their president, as Amhara's government denied that forces from neighbouring Tigray had advanced further into the region. On Sunday Agegnehu Teshager, president of the Amhara regional government, had called on "all young people" to take up arms against TPLF fighters, who say they are advancing deeper south into Amhara territory. "All those areas you mentioned are under the control of our army, Amhara special forces and the militia," said Gizachew. Western Tigray is currently controlled by Amhara forces, who say the land rightfully belongs to them.
Persons: Stringer, Teshager, Getachew Reda, Getachew, Adi Arkay, Gizachew Muluneh, Abiy Ahmed, we'll, Mai Tsebri, Dawit Endeshaw, Maggie Fick, Alex Richardson Organizations: Ethiopia's National Defense Force, Tigray Special Forces, REUTERS, Amhara, TPLF, Reuters, Ethiopian, Mekelle, Ethiopia's, Fano, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Humera, Ethiopia, NAIROBI, ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia's Amhara, Debark, Zarima, Amhara, Mekelle, Afar, Ethiopia's, Addis Ababa, Djibouti, Gondar, Chew Ber, Nairobi
ADDIS ABABA, July 22 (Reuters) - Attacks from Tigrayan forces in Ethiopia's Afar region have forced more than 54,000 people from their homes, an official said on Thursday, as the eight-month-old conflict appeared to be spreading beyond Tigray in the north. Tigrayan fighters seized control of three districts in Afar this week, according to Afar regional spokesperson Ahmed Koloyta. Ahmed quoted some of the displaced people as saying Tigrayan fighters had burned houses, looted properties and killed civilians. Getachew Reda, spokesman for the Tigrayan forces, did not immediately return calls seeking comment on the accusations. Since then, Ethiopia's other nine regions announced they were sending forces to support the military against Tigrayan fighters.
Persons: Ahmed Koloyta, Ahmed, Getachew Reda, Debretsion Gebremichael, Abiy Ahmed, Alexi Mohamed, Dawit Endeshaw, Giulia Paravicini, Maggie Fick, Mike Collett Organizations: Reuters, Tigrayan, Getachew, Sunday, United, Food, White, Thomson Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia's Afar, Tigray, Afar, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's, Djibouti, Amhara, Mekelle, Tigray's, United Nations, Olbia, Italy, Nairobi
Members of Amhara Special Forces stand guard along a street in Humera town, Ethiopia July 1, 2021. REUTERS/StringerADDIS ABABA, July 14 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's Amhara region said on Wednesday it will go on the offensive against forces from the neighbouring Tigray region, as advancing Tigrayans bear down on Amhara-held territory, potentially opening a major new phase in Ethiopia's civil war. A spokesman for the Amhara regional government said the authorities there were rallying their own forces for a counter-attack against Tigrayans. "The regional government has now transitioned from defensive to an offensive," Amhara spokesperson Gizachew Muluneh was quoted as saying by the region's state-run Amhara Media Corporation. On Tuesday the National Movement of Amhara, a major regional political party, called on irregular volunteer militia - known as Fano - to mobilise.
Persons: Stringer ADDIS, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Gizachew Muluneh, Tigrayans, Mai Tsebri, Getachew Reda, Dawit Endeshaw, Katharine Houreld, George Obulutsa Organizations: Amhara Special Forces, REUTERS, Amhara, Tigrayans, Amhara Media Corporation, National Movement of Amhara, Alamata, Reuters, UN, Food Programme, Ethiopian, WFP, Thomson Locations: Humera town, Ethiopia, Stringer ADDIS ABABA, Tigray, Amhara, Fano, Western Tigray, Mekelle, Nairobi
A spokesman for the Amhara regional government also said the authorities there were rallying their own forces for a counter-attack against Tigrayan forces. "The regional government has now transitioned from defensive to offensive," Amhara spokesperson Gizachew Muluneh was quoted as saying by the region's state-run Amhara Media Corporation. "Amhara militia and special forces have been systematically trying to defend but now our patience has run out and as of today we have opened an offensive attack." On Tuesday the National Movement of Amhara, a major regional political party, called on irregular volunteer militia - known as Fano - to mobilise. One refugee from Adi Harush camp told Reuters Tigrayan militia were searching refugees' homes and confiscating cell phones.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Gizachew Muluneh, Tigrayans, Mai Tsebri, Getachew Reda, Getachew, Adi Harush, TPLF's Getachew, Tesfahun Gobezay, Dawit Endeshaw, Katharine Houreld, George Obulutsa, Toby Chopra, Sonya Hepinstall Organizations: Tigrayan, Amhara, Amhara Media Corporation, National Movement of Amhara, Alamata, Reuters, Thomson Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Tigray, Amhara, Fano, Western Tigray, Mekelle, Ethiopia, Mai, Adi, Nairobi
Tigray rebels say they capture main town, push south and west
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NAIROBI, July 13 (Reuters) - Rebels in Ethiopia's Tigray region said on Tuesday they had recaptured a main town from rival forces and were pushing to take back more territory. War broke out last November between Tigray's ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), and Ethiopian federal forces. But some parts in the west and south are also claimed by neighbouring Amhara region, which has sent fighters to the contested areas. "The Amhara forces were routed in the highlands north of Alamata and to the east of Alamata as well as the federal forces. But neighbouring Amhara region claims the land and its forces, along with Ethiopian troops and allies from neighbouring Eritrea, are stationed in the territory.
Persons: Mekelle, Getachew Reda, Getnet Adane, Getachew, Mai Tsebri, Abiy Ahmed, Maggie Fick, Emma Thomasson, Angus MacSwan Organizations: Reuters, Ethiopian, United Nations, Food, Thomson Locations: NAIROBI, Ethiopia's Tigray, Tigray's, Tigray, Mekelle, Amhara, Alamata, Mai, Eritrea
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/StringerADDIS ABABA, July 12 (Reuters) - Forces from Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray said on Monday they were pushing south and had recaptured a town from government forces, underscoring their determination to keep fighting until the region's pre-war borders are restored. Conflict erupted in Tigray eight months ago between central government forces and the region's ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF). Getachew, the TPLF spokesperson, said the group wants its pre-war borders restored and transport links open to allow people and humanitarian aid to move. read moreOn Monday, the United Nations' World Food Programme said that the first humanitarian convoy to enter the Tigray region in two weeks had reached Mekelle.
Persons: Stringer ADDIS, Getachew Reda, Getnet Adane, Abiy Ahmed, Getachew, Mekelle, Dawit Endeshaw, Maggie Fick Organizations: Ethiopia's National Defense Force, Tigray Special Forces, REUTERS, Forces, Reuters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopian, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Humera, Ethiopia, Stringer ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia's, Mekelle, Amhara, Alamata, Korem, Addis Ababa, Nairobi
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/StringerADDIS ABABA, July 12 (Reuters) - Forces from Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray said on Monday they were pushing south and had recaptured a town from government forces, underscoring their determination to keep fighting until the region's pre-war borders are restored. Conflict erupted in Tigray eight months ago between central government forces and the region's ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF). Getachew, the TPLF spokesperson, said the group wants its pre-war borders restored and transport links open to allow people and humanitarian aid to move. read moreOn Monday, the United Nations' World Food Programme said that the first humanitarian convoy to enter the Tigray region in two weeks had reached Mekelle.
Persons: Stringer ADDIS, Getachew Reda, Getnet Adane, Abiy Ahmed, Getachew, Mekelle, Dawit Endeshaw, Maggie Fick Organizations: Ethiopia's National Defense Force, Tigray Special Forces, REUTERS, Forces, Reuters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopian, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Humera, Ethiopia, Stringer ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia's, Mekelle, Amhara, Alamata, Korem, Addis Ababa, Nairobi
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/Stringer/File Photo/File PhotoADDIS ABABA, July 4 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's Tigray region wants a full withdrawal of troops from Eritrea and the neighbouring state of Amhara before it can engage in any talks with the federal government about a ceasefire, it said in a statement on Sunday. The Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), the regional authority driven out last year by Ethiopian forces and troops from neighbouring Eritrea, returned to the region's capital Mekelle on Monday to cheering crowds. "Invading forces from Amhara and Eritrea must withdraw from Tigray and return to their pre-war territories," the statement said. His government has been battling the TPLF since late last year after accusing it of attacking military bases in Tigray.
Persons: Stringer, Abiy, Getachew Reda, Getachew, Duncan Miriri, David Clarke Organizations: Ethiopia's National Defense Force, Tigray Special Forces, REUTERS, Ethiopian, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Humera, Ethiopia, ADDIS ABABA, Eritrea, Amhara, Mekelle, United
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
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
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) In a stunning about-turn in the devastating eight-month civil war in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region, the Ethiopian government declared an immediate and unilateral ceasefire after Tigrayan troops retook the regional capital Mekelle on Monday evening. Less than a week into the offensive by Tigrayan forces, the Ethiopian military had withdrawn from the capital, a UN official told CNN on Monday. Earlier on Monday, witnesses told CNN that Ethiopian soldiers were seen entering banks, media bureaus and the offices of humanitarian agencies. "This act violates UN privileges and immunities and the rules of International Humanitarian Law regarding respect for humanitarian relief objects." UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric joined in on the criticism of Ethiopian forces when asked by journalists at the United Nations in New York.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Getachew Reda, Reda, Henrietta Fore, Stephane Dujarric, Dujarric Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian, Tigray Defense Forces, Mekelle, UN, Ethiopian Government, Tigray Interim Government, International Organization for Migration, UNICEF, Food Program, Ethiopian National Defense Forces, United Nations, United Locations: Ethiopia's, Tigray, Mekelle, Getachew, Addis Ababa, Eritrea, Togoga, Mekele, Ethiopia, New York, United Nations
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Bombing, looting and skirmishes persisted in parts of Ethiopia’s Tigray on Saturday, a rebellious force in the northern region said after government troops declared they were within days of capturing the group’s leaders. “(They are) looting civilian properties, hotels and damaging factories after looting,” the spokesman Getachew Reda told a TPLF-owned TV station. Most communications in Tigray are down and access to the area is severely restricted, making it hard to verify either side’s statements. They said the arrests were politically motivated, accusing Abiy of trying to tighten his grip over Ethiopia’s 10 semi-autonomous federal states. “Work to rebuild Tigray has commenced with teams ... undertaking repair work (and) restoring services,” he said in a Tweet on Saturday.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Michel Euler, Abiy, Debretsion Gebremichael, Abbi Adi, Getachew Reda, Shambel Beyene, Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Ethiopian, REUTERS, Relief, Convoys, Residents Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia’s Tigray, Paris, France, Tigray, Sudan, Mekelle, Abbi, Gore, Shire, , Eritrea
(CNN) An official from the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) has told CNN the war in Ethiopia is far from over and that Eritrean troops are part of the conflict. Speaking exclusively to CNN for the first time since the fall of Mekelle , the capital of the northern Tigray region, Getachew Reda said the bulk of the region still remains in the hands of the TPLF. Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) took control of the city on Saturday, according to a tweet from Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. It was under fierce bombardment earlier on Saturday, a humanitarian source on the ground and eyewitnesses who have fled Mekelle, told CNN. "Abiy's forces focused on capturing the towns but the bulk of the people are in the rural areas -- the largest parts of the region -- and that is where we are," said Reda.
Persons: Getachew Reda, Abiy Ahmed Organizations: CNN, Mekelle, Communications, Ethiopian National Defense Forces Locations: Tigray, Ethiopia
FILE PHOTO: Tents belonging to Ethiopian refugees fleeing from the ongoing fighting in Tigray region, are seen at the Um-Rakoba camp, on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in the Al-Qadarif state, Sudan November 23, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/File PhotoHundreds have died, more than 41,000 refugees have fled to Sudan, and there has been widespread destruction and uprooting of people from homes in the northern Tigray region. “Using the government’s 72-hour period, a large number of Tigray militia and special forces are surrendering,” a government taskforce said. The U.N. Security Council was to hold informal talks later on Tuesday over Tigray, according to a U.N. source and an email. MYRIAD ETHNIC GROUPSHis predecessor, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, criticised international mediation efforts by “well-intentioned outsiders” in a piece for Foreign Policy magazine.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, al, Abiy Ahmed’s, , Getachew Reda, Billene Seyoum, Abiy, Hailemariam Desalegn, , Debretsion Gebremichael, Michelle Bachelet Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, Reuters, Washington, African Union, . Security, Policy Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, al Qaeda, Raya, United States, France, Britain, Paris, London, Amhara, Geneva,
The commission accused local forces of colluding in the “massacre”. The war has spread to Eritrea, where the Tigrayans have fired rockets, and also affected Somalia where Ethiopia has disarmed several hundred Tigrayans in a peacekeeping force fighting al Qaeda-linked militants. ‘TRAGIC CONFLICT’The battle-hardened TPLF, which had ruled the region of more than 5 million people, gave a different version, saying their troops were keeping federal forces at bay and scoring victories. Abiy, whose parents are from the larger Oromo and Amhara groups, denies any ethnic overtones to his offensive, saying he is pursuing criminals who ambushed federal forces. On the other side you have had the TPLF leadership say they are ready to die,” said Michelle Bachelet.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Abiy Ahmed’s, al, Getachew Reda, Billene Seyoum, Debretsion Gebremichael, Abiy, Hailemariam Desalegn, , , Michelle Bachelet Organizations: REUTERS, Human Rights, Amnesty, Reuters, Washington, African Union, . Security Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, Mai Kadra, Amhara, colluding, Eritrea, Somalia, al Qaeda, Raya, United States, France, Britain, Paris, London, Geneva,
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Tigrayan forces said on Tuesday they had destroyed an Ethiopian army division in battles to control the northern region where a three-week-old war has killed hundreds and spread global alarm. FILE PHOTO: Tents belonging to Ethiopian refugees fleeing from the ongoing fighting in Tigray region, are seen at the Um-Rakoba camp, on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in the Al-Qadarif state, Sudan November 23, 2020. But the battle-hardened TPLF say their troops are keeping the federal army at bay and scoring some big victories. He has given Tigrayan forces until Wednesday to surrender or face an assault on the highland city of Mekelle, home to about half a million people. The TPLF says he wants to subdue Tigray to amass more personal power.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Abiy, Getachew Reda, Billene Seyoum, al, ” Abiy, Debretsion Gebremichael Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, Mekelle, Tigray TV, Reuters, African Union, U.S, Citizens Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, Mekelle, Raya, Eritrea, Somalia, al Qaeda, United States, U.S, Eritrea’s, Asmara, France, Amhara
Ethiopian government forces are fighting their way towards Mekelle, the Tigrayan capital, from several directions. In the north, Ethiopian troops took the towns of Axum and Adwa, a government statement said. Tigrayan forces were not available for comment but in a televised address, spokesman Getachew Reda said their fighters have inflicted “increasing causalties” in Raya, to the south of Mekelle. FILE PHOTO: Members of Amhara region militias ride on their truck as they head to face the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), in Sanja, Amhara region near a border with Tigray, Ethiopia November 9, 2020. On Thursday, Tigray forces accused the government of bombing a university in the Tigray capital Mekelle.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Getachew Reda, , Bahir, queued, Yohannes Gor, , Axel Bisschop, Abdullah Fadil, Abiy Organizations: UM RAKUBA, Reuters, Government, United Nations, Ethiopian, REUTERS, Tiksa, UNHCR, Rights, Amnesty Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Sudan, Ethiopia’s, Tigray, Dar, Asmara, Mekelle, Axum, Adwa, Adigrat, Raya, Mehoni, Zalambessa, Bahir Dar, Amhara, Sanja, Ethiopian, Humera, Geneva, , Eritrea
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