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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said on Thursday that rebellious forces from the Tigray region had been defeated in the adjacent Afar region and had withdrawn, but the Tigrayan forces said they had merely shifted troops to neighbouring Amhara for an offensive there.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
ADDIS ABABA, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Rebellious forces from the Tigray region killed 120 civilians over two days in one village in Ethiopia's Amhara region, local officials told Reuters on Wednesday. A spokesperson for the Tigrayan forces did not immediately respond to a request for comment. There are people who are missing," Sewnet, the local administrator, told Reuters by phone. War broke out 10 months ago between Ethiopia's federal troops and forces loyal to the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which controls the Tigray region. Fighting spread in July from the Tigray region into the neighbouring regions of Amhara and Afar, also in the country's north.
Persons: Sewnet Wubalem, Chalachew Dagnew, Maggie Fick, Jon Boyle Organizations: Reuters, Addis Ababa, Thomson Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Tigray, Ethiopia's Amhara, Dabat, Gondar, Amhara, Afar
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
Somalia parliamentary vote is pushed back to November
  + stars: | 2021-09-06 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed addresses delegates at the Somali election negotiation in Mogadishu, Somalia May 27, 2021 REUTERS/Feisal Omar/File PhotoMOGADISHU, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Voting for members of Somalia's lower house of parliament has been rescheduled for late November, a move that will delay the indirect election of a president. But an election implementation commission has drawn up a new timetable for the drawn-out process showing that lawmakers will be picked between Oct. 1 and Nov. 20. The timetable, seen by Reuters, did not give a date for when the lawmakers will elect a president. A delay in holding the election, and a row over President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed's attempt to extend his rule, caused a political crisis and an armed standoff in the streets of the capital. read moreReporting by Abdi Sheikh, Writing by Duncan Miriri, Editing by Timothy Heritage and Maggie FickOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, Feisal Omar, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed's, Abdi Sheikh, Duncan Miriri, Timothy Heritage, Maggie Fick Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Mogadishu, Somalia, MOGADISHU
U.N. footage from northern Ethiopia shows humanitarian crisis
  + stars: | 2021-09-06 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Baz RatnerNAIROBI, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Footage of war-hit northern Ethiopia published by the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) on Monday reflected the severe humanitarian crisis there, after the United Nations warned that a de facto blockade on aid is bringing millions to the brink of famine. War broke out 10 months ago between Ethiopia's federal troops and forces loyal to the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which controls the Tigray region. The footage showed a distribution of emergency food aid by the WFP on August 23 in Asgede district in northwestern Tigray. The supplies delivered that day were among the last remaining stocks in Tigray region, where no food or other humanitarian aid entered between August 20 and September 5. The United Nations estimates 100 trucks of aid need to be entering Tigray each day to meet the needs of the population.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Billene Seyoum, Sacks, Satyen Tait, Maggie Fick, William Maclean Organizations: REUTERS, Food Programme, United Nations, Ethiopian, Thomson Locations: Shire, Tigray, Ethiopia, Baz Ratner NAIROBI, Asgede district, WFP's Ethiopia
Somali PM suspends intelligence chief amid political rift
  + stars: | 2021-09-06 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +3 min
Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed addresses delegates at the Somali election negotiation in Mogadishu, Somalia May 27, 2021 REUTERS/Feisal Omar/File PhotoMOGADISHU, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Somalia's prime minister suspended the intelligence chief on Monday, prompting a public rebuke from the president and highlighting growing divisions at the heart of the political elite. Soon after, President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed issued his own statement calling the prime minister's move unconstitutional. Somalia's police chief called an emergency security meeting on Monday, officers told Reuters on condition of anonymity without going into further details. read moreThat confrontation was resolved when the president put the prime minister in charge of security and organising delayed indirect elections. read moreReporting by Abdi Sheikh, Writing by Duncan Miriri, Editing by Timothy Heritage, Maggie Fick and Andrew HeavensOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, Feisal Omar, Mohammed Hussein Roble, Fahad Yasin, Yasin, NISA, Mahmood Omar, Roble, Ikran Tahlil Farah, Shabaab, Rashid Abdi, Abdi Sheikh, Duncan Miriri, Timothy Heritage, Maggie Fick, Andrew Heavens Organizations: REUTERS, Somalia's National Intelligence Service Agency, Crisis, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Mogadishu, Somalia, MOGADISHU, Nairobi
Tanzania suspends second newspaper in less than a month
  + stars: | 2021-09-05 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan (C) arrives to address a joint Parliament session of Kenyan Members of Parliament and Senators in Nairobi, Kenya, May 5, 2021. REUTERS/Monicah MwangiNAIROBI, Sept 5 (Reuters) - Tanzania suspended on Sunday another newspaper accused of false stories even though President Samia Suluhu Hassan had pledged to uphold media freedoms quashed by her predecessor. Last month, the government suspended the Uhuru newspaper, owned by the CCM party, for publishing what it called a false story saying Hassan would not vie for office in 2025. That was the first newspaper suspension in Hassan's tenure. Within weeks of taking office, Hassan called for all the outlets banned by Magufuli to be allowed to reopen immediately.
Persons: Samia Suluhu Hassan, Raia, Gerson Msigwa, Msigwa, Hassan, John Magufuli, Maggie Fick, Andrew Cawthorne Organizations: Kenyan, Senators, REUTERS, Sunday, Salaam, Uhuru, CCM, Thomson Locations: Nairobi, Kenya, Monicah, NAIROBI, Tanzania, Tanzania's, Dar
Vials with a sticker reading, "COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only" and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Johnson & Johnson logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File PhotoNAIROBI, Sept 2 (Reuters) - An arrangement whereby Johnson & Johnson (J&J) (JNJ.N) was shipping to Europe COVID-19 vaccine doses that were being packaged in South Africa has been suspended, African Union (AU)envoy Strive Masiyiwa said on Thursday. The shots packaged by J&J's South African partner Aspen (APNJ.J) and already sent to Europe would be returned, Masiyiwa added at a news conference organised by the AU's disease control body. Reporting by Maggie Fick Writing by Alexander WinningOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Johnson, Dado, Masiyiwa, Maggie Fick, Alexander Winning Organizations: REUTERS, African Union, Aspen, Thomson Locations: NAIROBI, Europe, South Africa
Ethiopian porters unload food aid bound for victims of war after a checkpoint leading to Tigray in Mai Tsebri town, Ethiopia June 26, 2021. REUTERS/StringerNAIROBI, Sept 2 (Reuters) - A de facto blockade on aid to the Tigray region in Ethiopia's north is bringing millions of people to the brink of famine, the United Nations humanitarian agency said on Thursday, warning of "looming catastrophe". War broke out in November between Ethiopia's federal troops and forces loyal to the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which controls the Tigray region. At a news conference on Thursday, the Prime Minister's spokesperson Billene Seyoum once again dismissed allegations that the Ethiopian government is blocking aid. Reporting by Nairobi newsroom Writing by Giulia Paravicini Editing by Maggie Fick and Frances KerryOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Stringer, OCHA, Billene Seyoum, Billene, Giulia Paravicini, Maggie Fick, Frances Kerry Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations, Ethiopian, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Mai Tsebri, Ethiopia, Stringer NAIROBI, Ethiopia's, Semera, Mekelle, Nairobi
Paul Rusesabagina, portrayed as a hero in a Hollywood movie about Rwanda's 1994 genocide, sits inside a courtroom in Kigali, Rwanda February 26, 2021. REUTERS/Clement UwiringiyimanaKIGALI, Sept 1 (Reuters) - Rwanda's President Paul Kagame has removed the justice minister but made him ambassador to Britian amid international scrutiny over the trial of Paul Rusesabagina, the hotelier credited with saving many lives during the 1994 genocide. A government statement issued on Tuesday gave no reason for the dismissal of Johnston Busingye, who had served as justice minister and attorney general since 2013. Kagame did not immediately name a new justice minister. Rusesabagina was hailed as hero after he used his connections as the manager of a Kigali hotel to save ethnic Tutsis from slaughter during the genocide.
Persons: Paul Rusesabagina, Clement Uwiringiyimana, Paul Kagame, Johnston Busingye, Busingye, Kagame, spokespeople, Rusesabagina, Rusesabagina's, , Maggie Fick, Angus MacSwan Organizations: REUTERS, Prosecutors, Qatar, Rights Watch, Thomson Locations: Kigali, Rwanda, Clement Uwiringiyimana KIGALI, Britain, United States, Jazeera, New York
Ethiopian porters unload food aid bound for victims of war after a checkpoint leading to Tigray in Mai Tsebri town, Ethiopia June 26, 2021. REUTERS/StringerADDIS ABABA, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Forces from Ethiopia's Tigray region in recent weeks looted warehouses belonging to the U.S. government's humanitarian agency in the Amhara region, USAID's Ethiopia director said on Tuesday. War broke out in the mountainous region last November between Ethiopian troops and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which controls the region. read moreThe Tigrayan forces and the federal government have repeatedly traded accusations of hampering the flow of aid. Reporting by Nairobi newsroom Writing by Duncan Miriri Editing by Maggie Fick and Grant McCoolOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Stringer ADDIS ABABA, Sean Jones, Abiy, Duncan Miriri, Maggie Fick, Grant McCool Organizations: REUTERS, Forces, Ethiopian, EBC, USAID, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Mai Tsebri, Ethiopia, Ethiopia's Tigray, Amhara, Afar, Nairobi
NAIROBI, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Internet services in South Sudan were disrupted on Monday and security forces were deployed on the streets, which were quieter than usual as residents sheltered inside after activists had called for protests against President Salva Kiir's government. Some activists told Reuters they were in hiding for security reasons. (ZAIN.KW)Alp Toker, director of NetBlocks, a London-based group that monitors internet disruptions, said it detected "significant disruption to internet service in South Sudan beginning Sunday evening, including to leading cellular networks". A spokesperson for Zain said he was checking with the South Sudan office. The activists accuse Kiir's government of corruption and failing to protect the population or provide basic services.
Persons: Salva Kiir's, Daniel Justin Boulogne, James Pui Yak, Alp Toker, Baba Medan, Zain, Jame David Kolok, Kiir's, Alexander Cornwell, Maggie Fick, Peter Graff Organizations: Reuters, Police, MTN Group, Zain, MTN, Foundation, Democracy, Thomson Locations: NAIROBI, South Sudan, Juba, Kuwait, London, Sudan, Nairobi, Dubai, Nqobile, Johannesburg
Men collect avocados from a tree in a community garden, in the Dandora suburb of Nairobi, Kenya, August 6, 2021. The lush community garden has even become the backdrop for rappers and other creatives to shoot their videos. This transformation is thanks to Charles Gachanga, 45, who grew up in the neighbourhood back when it reeked of garbage. "We came and cleaned ... We did not even have a penny," said Gachanga, who started working in 2013 on the garden space, called Mustard Seed, with three friends. Residents living near Gachanga's green space pay 100 shillings a month, less than $1, for maintenance.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Charles Gachanga, Gachanga, Javan Ofula, James Macharia, Macharia, Evans Otieno, Otieno, Ayenat Mersie, Maggie Fick, Alison Williams Organizations: REUTERS, Awesome Foundation, Residents, Thomson Locations: Dandora, Nairobi, Kenya, Baz Ratner NAIROBI, Nairobi's Dandora
Sinopharm, Sinovac and China's trade ministry did not respond to requests for comment about when the Chinese vaccines would be delivered. The Chinese vaccines have been allocated to 60 countries, mostly in Africa, which is expected to receive a third of the 100 million doses. GAVI has secured a combined supply of up to 550 million vaccines from the two companies until next year. Including the Chinese vaccines, the facility expects to deliver about 500 million doses by the end of September, its latest forecast shows. Asian countries are expected to receive more than 25 million Chinese vaccines, of which nearly 11 million Sinovac doses would go to Indonesia, making it the largest recipient of Chinese shots through COVAX.
Persons: China's Sinovac, Sinopharm, Nicholas Crisp, Sinovac, GAVI, Francesco Guarascio, Alex Winning, Stanley Widianto, Libby George, Roxanne Liu, Maggie Fick, Clement Uwiringiyimana, John Zodzi, Abdi Sheikh, David Clarke Organizations: VACSERA, REUTERS, Sinovac BRUSSELS, Health, India, Global Alliance, Vaccines, WHO, Reuters, COVAX, Moderna, Thomson Locations: Cairo, Egypt, Africa, Indonesia, JOHANNESBURG, JAKARTA, Asia, Sinopharm, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Togo, Somalia, Sinovac, Ukraine, Europe, Latin America, East, Brazil, Chile, Johannesburg, Jakarta, Lagos, Beijing, Nairobi, Kigali, Lome, Mogadishu
DAR ES SALAAM, Aug 25 (Reuters) - An attacker wielding an assault rifle was shot dead after killing three police and an employee of a private security company near the French embassy in the Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam on Wednesday, President Samia Suluhu Hassan said. Hassan said on Twitter that the attacker had been "neutralised" and "calm has returned". Video footage posted online, which could not immediately be verified, showed the gates of the French embassy in Dar es Salaam, a man outside of the gate, and the sounds of gunfire crackling. Tanzanian television aired footage showing police officers in bullet-proof vests who appeared to be wrapping a dead body outside the embassy in white material to remove it from the scene. Inspector-General of Police Simon Sirro, police spokesperson David Misime and SGA Security, which describes itself as a major security services provider in East Africa, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Persons: Samia Suluhu Hassan, Hassan, Police Simon Sirro, David Misime, Ayenat Mersie, Maggie Fick, Nuzulack, Duncan Miriri, Peter Graff Organizations: DAR, SALAAM, Salaam, Wednesday, Twitter, Police, Security, Thomson Locations: Tanzanian, Dar, Salenda, Dar es, Dar es Salaam, East Africa
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
Ethiopia to build local rival to Facebook, other platforms
  + stars: | 2021-08-23 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +3 min
3D-printed Facebook and Twitter logos are seen in this picture illustration made in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina on January 26, 2016. Supporters of both sides have waged a parallel war of words on social media. The government wants its local platform to "replace" Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp and Zoom, the director general of the Information Network Security Agency (INSA), Shumete Gizaw,said. International human rights groups have criticized the Ethiopian government for unexplained shutdowns to social media services including Facebook and WhatsApp in the past year. He said Ethiopia had the local expertise to develop the platforms and would not hire outsiders to help.
Persons: Dado, Shumete Gizaw, Shumete, Kezia, Al, Dawit, Maggie Fick, Angus MacSwan Organizations: REUTERS, Facebook, Twitter, Information Network Security Agency, Reuters, Tencent Holdings, HK, Thomson Locations: Zenica, Bosnia, Herzegovina, ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Tigray, Africa, China
Sister Tsehaynesh Gebrehiwot attends to Aamanuel Merhawi, aged one year and eight months, who suffers from severe acute malnutrition, at the Wukro hospital, Tigray region, Ethiopia, July 11, 2021. REUTERS/Giulia Paravicini/File PhotoNAIROBI, Aug 20 (Reuters) - For the first time in nine months of war in Ethiopia's Tigray region, aid workers will this week run out of food to deliver to millions of people who are going hungry there, the head of the U.S. government's humanitarian agency said. War broke out in November between Ethiopian troops and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which controls the region. On Thursday, the U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an immediate ceasefire and unrestricted aid access in Tigray. Abiy's spokesperson told a news conference last week that 277 trucks of aid have entered Tigray, without specify the time period in which the trucks entered.
Persons: Tsehaynesh Gebrehiwot, Aamanuel Merhawi, Giulia Paravicini, Samantha Power, Antonio Guterres, Power, Spokespeople, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy's, Billene Seyoum, Maggie Fick, Ayenat, John Stonestreet Organizations: REUTERS, USAID, U.S . Agency for International Development, Ethiopian, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Ethiopia, NAIROBI, Ethiopia's Tigray, Mekelle
REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde/File PhotoNAIROBI, Aug 19 (Reuters) - The World Health Organisation warned on Thursday that on top of the COVID-19 pandemic, West Africa is facing new outbreaks of the viral haemorrhagic fevers Marburg and Ebola, risking huge strains on ill-equipped health systems. The new outbreaks show the multitude of challenges governments are fighting in parallel with the COVID-19 pandemic, Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, told a news conference on Thursday. "We are particularly concerned about West Africa," Moeti said. read moreAnd last week, health authorities in Guinea confirmed one death from Marburg, which is similar to Ebola. Health systems in West Africa in particular are weaker than in other parts of the continent, she added, although the WHO did not give any specific numbers regarding staffing levels or hospital bed occupancy rates across the region.
Persons: Afolabi, Moeti, Mamadou Samba, Ivory, Samba, Maggie Fick, Hugh Lawson Organizations: Nationa, REUTERS, World Health, WHO, Saturday, Authorities, Health, Thomson Locations: Abuja, Nigeria, NAIROBI, West Africa, Marburg, Africa, Ivory, Abidjan, Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire, Ivory Coast
Gladys Kisemei, a tour guide at the Emboo River Camp drives tourists from the Ol Kiombo airstrip using an electric-powered safari vehicle at the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Narok County, Kenya July 16, 2021. REUTERS/Monicah MwangiMAASAI MARA, Kenya, Aug 17 (Reuters) - In Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve, the Toyota 4x4 Landcruiser of tour guide and driver Sylvester Mukenye glides silently past a herd of grazing elephants, then past a pride of lions lying in the grass. It is, for now, the only company in Kenya that converts off-road safari vehicles from diesel and petrol to electric power. Wanjiru Kamau, an electrical engineer at Opibus, said the company had so far converted 10 vehicles used in Kenyan game parks, including three in the Maasai Mara. As well as being more environmentally friendly than diesel engines, the electric motors cut operating costs by half, she added.
Persons: Gladys Kisemei, Sylvester, Mukenye, Mara, Kamau, George Obulutsa, Maggie Fick, Gareth Jones Organizations: Mara, Reserve, REUTERS, Toyota, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Narok County, Kenya, MARA, Nairobi, Swedish
U.S. envoy to visit Ethiopia to try to halt fighting
  + stars: | 2021-08-13 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan, announcing the trip by envoy Jeffrey Feltman, urged Ethiopia's government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) to come to the negotiating table after nine months of conflict. "Months of war have brought immense suffering and division to a great nation that won’t be healed through more fighting," he tweeted late on Thursday. This week, the rebellious Tigrayan forces said they were in talks to forge a military alliance with insurgents from Ethiopia's most populous region, Oromiya, heaping pressure on the government in Addis Ababa. Also this week, the government urged citizens to join the fight against the resurgent Tigrayan forces. It said all capable Ethiopians should join the army, special forces and militias to show their patriotism.
Persons: Joe Biden, Jake Sullivan, Jeffrey Feltman, Ethiopia's, Abiy Ahmed's, Kumsa Diriba, Marroo, Tigrayan, Maggie Fick, Nick Macfie Organizations: House, United Nations, Oromo Liberation Army, OLA, Reuters, Thomson Locations: NAIROBI, Africa, Ethiopia, Tigray, Ethiopia's, Addis Ababa, Oromo, Afar, Amhara, Lalibela
Ethiopia's Tigray forces seek new military alliance
  + stars: | 2021-08-11 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Stringer/File PhotoNAIROBI, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Forces from Ethiopia's rebellious Tigray region said on Wednesday they were in talks to forge a military alliance with insurgents from Ethiopia's most populous region, Oromiya, heaping pressure on the central government in Addis Ababa. The move could signal an escalation in the country's nine-month old war and comes a day after the government urged citizens to join the fight against resurgent Tigrayan forces. read more"We are in talks with the Oromo Liberation Army," Debretsion Gebremichael, leader of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), told Reuters by satellite phone. read moreThe government declared a unilateral ceasefire in June, after Tigrayan forces recaptured the regional capital of Mekelle. Tigrayan forces have dismissed the ceasefire, saying the government should agree to their conditions for a truce.
Persons: Stringer, Gebremichael, Getachew, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy's, Billene Seyoum, Giulia Paravicini, Maggie Fick, Giles Elgood Organizations: Ethiopia's National Defense Force, Tigray Special Forces, REUTERS, Forces, Tigrayan, Oromo Liberation Army, Reuters, OLA, Ethiopian, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Humera, Ethiopia, NAIROBI, Ethiopia's, Addis Ababa, Afar, Amhara, Ethiopian, Oromo, Sudan, Mekelle, Olbia, Italy, Nairobi
REUTERS/Flora Bagenal/File PhotoADDIS ABABA, Aug 5 (Reuters) - Forces from Ethiopia's Tigray region have taken control of the town of Lalibela, whose famed rock-hewn churches are a United Nations World Heritage Site, and residents were fleeing, two eyewitnesses told Reuters on Thursday. Lalibela, also a holy site for millions of Ethiopian Orthodox Christians, is in the North Wollo Zone of the Amhara region in Ethiopia's north. A second man, Dawit, told Reuters by phone he left Lalibela on Thursday morning as Tigrayan forces were arriving. Visitor numbers plunged after war broke out in November in Tigray between the federal army and forces belonging to the Tigray People's Liberation Forces (TPLF). But the TPLF kept fighting and at the end of June retook Mekelle and most of Tigray after government soldiers withdrew.
Persons: Medhane, King Lalibela, Lalibela, , Giulia Paravicini, Maggie Fick, Mark Heinrich, Jon Boyle Organizations: REUTERS, Forces, United Nations, Ethiopian, Reuters, ” Reuters, Tigray People's Liberation Forces, Mekelle, Addis Ababa, Giulia, Thomson Locations: Jerusalem, Ethiopia, Flora, ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia's Tigray, Lalibela, Amhara, Ethiopia's, Tigray, Afar, Seyfu, Africa's, Mekelle, Olbia, Italy
Residents walk past Adi Harush Refugee camp in Mai Tsberi town in Tigray Region, Ethiopia, June 26, 2021. REUTERS/Tiksa NegeriADDIS ABABA, Aug 4 (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), said on Wednesday during a visit to Ethiopia that she had raised her concerns about "dehumanising rhetoric" with authorities, amid war in the country's northern Tigray region. Her visit to the country, and to neighbouring Sudan, this week follows warnings from U.S. President Joe Biden's administration of punitive measures against the Ethiopian government if aid is unable to reach the Tigray region. read more"Dehumanising rhetoric hardens tensions and can historically accompany ethnically-motivated atrocities," Power said, adding she had delivered that message in a meeting with the country's Minister of Peace. War broke out in November between federal troops and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), the political party that controls Tigray.
Persons: Adi Harush, Samantha Power, Joe Biden's, Power, Abiy Ahmed’s, Maggie Fick, Chris Reese, William Maclean Organizations: REUTERS, Tiksa, Tiksa Negeri ADDIS ABABA, U.S . Agency for International Development, USAID, Ethiopian, country's, of, Thomson Locations: Mai Tsberi, Tigray Region, Ethiopia, Tiksa Negeri ADDIS, Tigray, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's, Sudan
An Ethiopian refugee fleeing from the ongoing fighting in Tigray region, holds her new born baby's foot at the Um-Rakoba camp, on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in the Al-Qadarif state, Sudan November 23, 2020. "UNICEF estimates that over 100,000 children in Tigray could suffer from life-threatening severe acute malnutrition in the next 12 months – a tenfold increase compared to the average annual caseload," she said. Spokespeople for the prime minister and a government task for Tigray did not immediately respond to requests for comment on UNICEF's estimates. Fighting began between the Ethiopian central government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) last November. Children, women and other civilians bear the scars of the conflict and trauma endured, Mercado said.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Marixie Mercado, Abiy Ahmed's, Billene Seyoum, Mercado, Tomson Phiri, Jens Laerke, Maggie Fick, Alison Williams, Nick Macfie Organizations: REUTERS, UNICEF, Children's Fund, Fighting, Ethiopian, Programme, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, GENEVA, Geneva, Mekelle, Semera, U.N, Nairobi
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