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United Nations and Ethiopia reach aid pact for war-hit Tigray
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopia and the United Nations reached an agreement on Wednesday to channel desperately needed humanitarian aid to a northern region where a month of war has killed, wounded and uprooted large numbers of people. The pact, announced by U.N. officials, will allow aid workers access to government-controlled areas of Tigray, where federal troops have been battling the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and captured the regional capital. Aid agencies had sounded the alarm about a growing humanitarian crisis and been pressing for access, after hundreds of foreign workers were forced to evacuate. That defiance was one reason for the federal government’s military offensive against TPLF leaders. It accuses Abiy of “invading” Tigray, where federal troops captured the regional capital Mekelle at the weekend, sending TPLF leaders fleeing for the hills.
Persons: Cross, OCHA, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Africa’s, TPLF, Rashid Abdi Organizations: United Nations, U.N, International Committee, Federal Government, Reuters Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Ethiopia, Tigray, Sudan, Mekelle, Tigray Region, Eritrea, ” Tigray, Abiy, Addis Ababa, Horn, Africa
NAIROBI (Reuters) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Sunday that hospitals in Mekelle, capital of the Ethiopian region of Tigray, are running low on supplies to care for the wounded, a day after the government announced military operations were complete in the region. A referral hospital in the city is lacking body bags for the dead and is running low on basic supplies such as gloves, the ICRC said in a statement. The situation in the city of 500,000 people was “quiet” on Sunday, it said. The government has not said if there were casualties in its offensive to take the city on Saturday. Claims from all sides are difficult to verify since phone and internet links to Tigray have been down and access tightly controlled since the fighting began.
Persons: Cross Organizations: International Committee, ICRC Locations: NAIROBI, Mekelle, Ethiopian, Tigray
Ethiopia says its military now controls the Tigray capital
  + stars: | 2020-11-28 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
Ethiopians gather to show their support to federal government forces fighting against the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) at Abebe Bikila Stadium in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on November 17, 2020. Ethiopia's military has gained full control of the capital of the defiant Tigray region, the army announced Saturday after Tigray TV reported that the city of a half-million people was being "heavily bombarded" in the final push to arrest the region's leaders. "The United States is gravely concerned about the worsening situation in the Tigray region," the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Kelly Craft, tweeted after the reported bombardment began. As Ethiopian forces moved in, Maj. Gen. Hassan Ibrahim vowed to capture the city "on all fronts." The Tigray region has been almost entirely cut off from the outside world since Nov. 4, when Abiy announced a military offensive in response to a TPLF attack on a military base.
Persons: Birhanu Jula, Abiy Ahmed, Humanitarians, TPLF, Kelly Craft, Pope Francis, Abiy, Hassan Ibrahim, Antonio Guterres, Filippo Grandi, Grandi, Abiy's Organizations: Tigray TV, United Nations, Ethiopian, African, Ethiopian News Agency, International Committee, Cross, Umm, Associated Press, AP Locations: Tigray, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Mekele, United States, U.S, Maj, of Africa, Sudan, Umm Rakouba
They left their home onto the streets of Mai-Kadra, a market town in the northern Tigray region of Ethiopia. Thousands like Oyeb have made the journey to neighboring Sudan where they have encountered a shortage of food, beds and shelter. Tigray civilians paying the priceAs Ethiopian troops close in on Tigray's capital of Mekelle, leaders of the TPLF refuse to surrender. A refugee crisisHundreds have died and at least 30,000 refugees have fled to neigboring Sudan, according to the UN. "There is a real humanitarian crisis being created by the unfolding conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region," said the EU crisis management commissioner, Janez Lenarčič, in a statement on Thursday.
Persons: Oyeb Bari, Oyeb, Abiy Ahmed, Gashaw Maleda, Deprose Muchena, Tigrayan, Abiy, Halka, Abiy's, Redwan Hussein, Tibor Nagy, Hameed Nuru, Maras, jerry, Rashid Aldaw, Cross, Janez Lenarčič Organizations: CNN, Hamdayet, Ethiopian Defense Forces, EDF, Ethiopian Prime, theEthiopian Defense Forces, UN, Amnesty International, Amnesty, Ethiopian, Facebook, State, Ethiopian News Agency, United Nations, UNHCR, Refugees, Food Programme, Sudanese Red Crescent Society, UN Humanitarian Air Service, WFP, African, International Committee, European Locations: Mai, Tigray, Ethiopia, Africa, Sudan, Amhara, Kadra, Tigray's, Mekelle, Hamdayet, neigboring Sudan, Lugdi, Sudanese, Gedaref, Eritrea, Kassala, African Union, Addis Ababa, Geneva, Ethiopia's Tigray
“The sniper kept on firing,” Mohamed Abyad, the uncle of the child also named Mohamed, told NBC News. Mohamed Faisal,10, was killed in a sniper attack last month in Yemen, his uncle said. Mohamed was only 10 when a suspected Houthi sniper killed him. That was in October — the deadliest month for Yemeni children and their families so far this year, according to Save the Children. And as the Yemeni war continues, the chance for respite for Yemeni children feels remote.
Persons: ” Mohamed Abyad, Mohamed, Mohamed Faisal, Abyad, Mohamed’s, , Houthi, , , Jamal Khashoggi, Xavier Joubert, Mohammed Huwais, ” Michael Page, Charlene Gubash, Saphora Smith Organizations: NBC News, NBC, , Saudi, Associated Press, United, United Arab Emirates, Getty, International Committee, Human Rights Watch, Reuters Locations: Saudi, Iran, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Sanaa, Riyadh, Dali province, New York City, London, United Arab, AFP, York, Cairo
FILE PHOTO: Members of Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) prepare to head to mission, in Sanja, Amhara region near a border with Tigray, Ethiopia November 9, 2020. The rebels say they have captured tanks and artillery in a string of victories despite being massively outnumbered. The government says it is only targeting TPLF targets and has accused Tigrayan forces of using civilians as human shields. “Attempting to rule the people of Tigray by force is like walking on a burning flame,” the Tigrayan statement added. ‘DEVASTATING HUMANITARIAN CRISIS’The TPLF has also fired rockets into neighbouring Eritrea, escalating the war beyond national borders.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed’s, , Debretsion Gebremichael, Tigrayan, Abiy, Isaias Afwerki’s, Cross, , Katia Sorin, can’t Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Ethiopian National Defense Force, REUTERS, Eritrea, International Committee, ICRC, Ethiopian Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia, of Africa, Sanja, Amhara, Tigray, Sudan, Mekelle, , South Tigray, , Oslo, Eritrea, Gondar, Somalia
CHILPANCINGO, Mexico (Reuters) - For Ben Yehuda Martinez, head of forensic services in the violence-torn Mexican state of Guerrero, there is more to celebrating Day of the Dead than arranging a colorful altar with flowers and photos. It means trying to identify 428 bodies currently unclaimed at the state’s forensic cemetery, most of them victims of crime. “Trying to find out their identities ... that’s the greatest recognition we can get on the Day of the Dead,” Martinez said at one of Mexico’s newest facilities for unidentified bodies. Most are believed to be victims of drug cartel turf wars, casting a shadow over the typically festive Nov. 1-2 Day of the Dead holiday. “Here the violence truly, like everywhere else, hasn’t slowed down ... bodies arrive every day,” Martinez said.
Persons: Ben Yehuda Martinez, ” Martinez, Arturo Gerardo Cervantes, Cross, , , hasn’t Organizations: International Committee, ICRC, CHILPANCINGO, Mexico (Reuters) Locations: CHILPANCINGO, Mexico, Guerrero
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