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NAIROBI, Oct 22 (Reuters) - The Ethiopian government carried out an air strike on the regional capital of the northern Tigray region for the fourth day this week on Friday, the party in control of the region and a state-affiliated broadcaster said. Getachew Reda, spokesperson for the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), confirmed the air strike, speaking to Reuters by satellite phone from an undisclosed location. State-affiliated broadcaster Fana reported that the government had targeted a training centre for TPLF fighters in the Tigray capital Mekelle. War erupted nearly a year ago between federal troops and the TPLF, which ruled Ethiopia for three decades at the helm of a multi-ethnic coalition and now controls the northern region. The government air strikes this week come amid intensified fighting in the neighbouring northern region of Amhara, where the government launched a ground offensive last week to recover territory it lost to the TPLF several months ago.
Persons: Getachew Reda, Fana, Mekelle, Maggie Fick, John Stonestreet, Peter Graff Organizations: Ethiopian, Reuters, Government, Thomson Locations: NAIROBI, Tigray, Mekelle, Ethiopia, Amhara
Members of Amhara special forces stand guard on the Ethiopia-Eritrean border near the town of Humera, Ethiopia July 1, 2021. Humanitarian sources and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) which controls the northern region said the air strike hit a university in the regional capital Mekelle. Humanitarian sources said a U.N. plane was forced to abort a scheduled landing in Mekelle due to the air strike. There are now more than 500,000 internally displaced people in the Amhara region, Atalel Abuhay the Director of Communications for the National Disaster Risk Management Commission told Reuters. But forces allied to the TPLF launched a counter-attack this year, recapturing Mekelle and nearly all of Tigray, and seizing swathes of Amhara.
Persons: Stringer, Legesse, Mekelle, Seid, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Maggie Fick, Ayenat, John Stonestreet, Peter Graff, Alex Richardson Organizations: REUTERS, Ethiopian, Reuters, CITY, Communications, Disaster Risk Management Commission, Dessie, Addis Ababa, Thomson Locations: Ethiopia, Eritrean, Humera, Mekelle, Amhara, Amhara ADDIS ABABA, Tigray, Dessie, panicking, Addis Ababa, Wuchale, Nairobi
A United Nations humanitarian flight to the Ethiopian region of Tigray, epicenter of a year-old war that threatens to cause deepening famine, was ordered to abort a landing on Friday as government airstrikes hit the area for a fourth day. The flight by the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service, bound for the Tigrayan capital, Mekelle, returned to the national capital, Addis Ababa, and all such flights were suspended, said Steve Taravella, a spokesman for the World Food Program, the U.N. anti-hunger agency that manages the air service. It was the first time a U.N. humanitarian flight had been forced to abandon a mission into the Tigrayan region because of airstrikes, said Gemma Connell, the top U.N. aid official for southern and eastern Africa. “We’re obviously concerned about what has taken place today,” Ms. Connell said in a conference call with reporters. She said 11 humanitarian workers were aboard but did not elaborate on their work or the cargo they had carried.
Persons: Steve Taravella, Gemma Connell, “ We’re, Ms, Connell Organizations: United, United Nations Humanitarian Air Service, World Food Program Locations: United Nations, Tigray, Mekelle, Addis Ababa, Africa
Smoke billows from the scene of an air strike, in Mekelle, the capital of Tigray region, Ethiopia October 20, 2021. REUTERS/StringerADDIS ABABA, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Ethiopia carried out an air strike on the city of Mekelle for the third day this week, a government spokesperson said, in a campaign to weaken rebellious Tigrayan forces they have been fighting for nearly a year. Spokesperson Legesse Tulu told Reuters the strike succeeded in hitting a military training centre being used by the Tigrayan forces. He said the centre was a former base, known as the Northern Command, for the Ethiopian military in the area. War broke out in November 2020 between federal troops and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which ruled Ethiopia for three decades but now controls just the northern region.
Persons: Stringer ADDIS ABABA, Legesse, Getachew Reda, Maggie Fick, Andrew Cawthorne, Jonathan Oatis Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, Northern Command, Ethiopian, Addis, Thomson Locations: Mekelle, Tigray, Ethiopia, Addis Ababa
Captive Ethiopian army soldiers get their water ration in a prison in the outskirts of Mekelle, the capital of Tigray region, Ethiopia, July 7, 2021. REUTERS/Giulia Paravicini/File PhotoADDIS ABABA, Oct 20 (Reuters) - An air strike hit the capital of Tigray region in northern Ethiopia on Wednesday morning, regionally controlled television said, reporting the second attack on the city of Mekelle this week. Ethiopia's government spokesman, Legesse Tulu, did not immediately answer a phone call requesting comment on the reported strike. The strike hit around 10:30 a.m., the source said. The report of a strike comes two days after two air strikes hit the city.
Persons: Giulia Paravicini, Mekelle, Will Davison, " Davison, Maggie Fick, Andrew Cawthorne, Timothy Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, Tigrai Television, Reuters, Facebook, Addis, Timothy Heritage, Thomson Locations: Mekelle, Tigray, Ethiopia, ADDIS ABABA, city's, Amhara, Brussels, Addis Ababa, Nairobi
That came after a morning air strike in Mekelle, the third this week. Tigrai Television said the attack targeted the centre of the city whilethe Addis Ababa government said it targeted buildings where Tigrayan forces were repairing armaments. Her house was destroyed by the air strike," the doctor said. 1/5 Captive Ethiopian army soldiers get their water ration in a prison in the outskirts of Mekelle, the capital of Tigray region, Ethiopia, July 7, 2021. A government official initially denied the accusation but state media later reported the air force had conducted a strike.
Persons: Legesse Tulu, Legesse, Mekelle, Debretsion Gebremichael, Gebremichael, Giulia Paravicini, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Will Davison, " Davison, George Sargent, Maggie Fick, Nick Macfie, Angus MacSwan, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: Agbe, Ethiopian, Mekelle, Tigrai Television, Reuters, Industrial Engineering PLC, Television, Hospital, Mesfin, Tigrai, REUTERS, Engineering, United Nations, Addis Ababa, Thomson Locations: Agbe Regional, Tigray, ADDIS ABABA, Agbe, Temben, Mekelle, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Africa, Amhara, Afar, London, Nairobi
(CNN) The capital of Ethiopia's war-torn Tigray region was covered in smoke on Wednesday as the city was hit by another day of airstrikes, eyewitnesses and authorities told CNN. The airstrikes on Mekelle were targeting weapons sites used by the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), said Billene Seyoum, an Ethiopian government spokesperson. Ethiopia's federal government launched a military offensive to oust the TPLF last November and fighting has been ongoing since. Seyoum added that one of these sites, Mesfin Industrial Engineering, has been "appropriated by the TPLF as a heavy weapons storage, manufacturing and repair site." Getachew Reda, spokesperson for the TPLF, responded on Twitter to the airstrike saying it "targeted a residential quarters in Mekelle causing injury to civilians and harm to property."
Persons: Billene Seyoum, Seyoum, Reda Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian, Engineering, Twitter Locations: Tigray, Mekelle
Three children killed in strike on Ethiopia's Mekelle - UN
  + stars: | 2021-10-19 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
GENEVA, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Three children were killed and one person was wounded in an air strike on the capital of the Tigray region in Ethiopia on Monday, the United Nations cited local health workers as saying. The health workers said the casualties were caused in the strike on the outskirts of Mekelle, Jens Laerke, spokesperson of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told a briefing in Geneva on Tuesday. A second air strike in the city wounded nine people and damaged houses and a hotel, Laerke said. read moreEthiopia's government spokesman, Legesse Tulu, did not immediately respond to phone calls requesting comment on the U.N.'s report that the three people killed in Monday's air strike were children. Tigrai TV, controlled by the TPLF, said the attack on the city of Mekelle killed three civilians.
Persons: Jens Laerke, Laerke, Emma Thomasson, Stephanie Nebehay, Alex Richardson Organizations: United Nations, Humanitarian Affairs, Ethiopian, Thomson Locations: GENEVA, Tigray, Ethiopia, Mekelle, Geneva, Nairobi
(CNN) Three children were killed and one person was injured in Monday's airstrikes in Mekelle, the capital of Ethiopia's war-torn Tigray region, the United Nations said Tuesday. A spokesman for the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) accused Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Monday of targeting civilians in an attack on a busy market day. Ethiopia's federal government launched a military offensive to oust the TPLF last November and fighting has been ongoing since. The state-run Ethiopian Press Agency reported Monday that the Ethiopian Air Force "launched a successful offensive" against a TPLF communication network and facility in Mekelle. Airstrikes were "carried out with the utmost precision to prevent civilian casualties," the report said.
Persons: Jens Laerke, Laerke, Abiy Ahmed, Read Organizations: CNN, United Nations, UN Office, Humanitarian Affairs, Ethiopian, Ethiopian Press Agency, Ethiopian Air Force Locations: Mekelle, Tigray, Geneva
Oct 18 (Reuters) - Mekelle, the capital of northern Ethiopia's Tigray region, was hit by hit by air strikes on Monday, regionally controlled television reported. Tigrai Television, controlled by the region's Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF), reported that the air strikes had injured several civilians. An aid worker and a diplomat also told Reuters that there were air strikes in Mekelle. Billene Seyoum, a spokeswoman for Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Reporting by Addis Ababa Newsroom; Editing by Alison WilliamsOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Billene, Abiy Ahmed, Alison Williams Organizations: Tigrai Television, Reuters, Ethiopian, Addis Ababa, Thomson Locations: Ethiopia's Tigray, Mekelle
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. Tigrai TV, controlled by the northern region's Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF), said the attack on the city of Mekelle killed several civilians. Mekelle is an Ethiopian city," he said. A Mekelle resident told Reuters one of the strikes on Monday hit close to a market behind the city's Planet Hotel around noon (1000 GMT). TPLF spokesperson Getachew Reda tweeted: "#AbiyAhmed's 'Air Force' sent its bomber jet to attack civilian targets in& outside #Mekelle," referring to Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
Persons: Stringer, Legesse, Getachew Reda, Abiy Ahmed, Alison Williams, Andrew Heavens Organizations: Ethiopia's National Defense Force, Tigray Special Forces, REUTERS, Government, Reuters, Terrorists, Ethiopian, Air Force, Ethiopia's, Addis Ababa, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Humera, Ethiopia, NAIROBI, Mekelle, Ethiopian, Afar, Amhara
(CNN) The capital of Ethiopia's war-torn Tigray region was hit by at least two airstrikes on Monday, an eyewitness and a spokesman for forces fighting the country's central government told CNN. One resident of the city told Reuters one strike hit close to a market, behind a hotel. A spokesman for the Tigray People's Liberation Front accused Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of targeting civilians in an attack on a busy market day. Ethiopia's federal government launched a military offensive to oust the TPLF last November and fighting has been ongoing since. One of the targets of the airstrikes was the Planet Hotel where a "dozen or so humanitarian agencies used to have their employees," TPLF spokesman Getachew Reda claimed.
Persons: Mekelle, Abiy Ahmed, Getachew Reda Organizations: CNN, Reuters, Ethiopian Locations: Tigray, Haki
ADDIS ABABA, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's air force conducted an air strike on Mekelle, capital of the country's Tigray region on Monday, targeting communications infrastructure, the state-run Ethiopian Press Agency said late in the day. Reporting by Addis Ababa newsroom Writing by Maggie Fick Editing by Jonathan OatisOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Maggie Fick, Jonathan Oatis Organizations: Ethiopian Press Agency, Addis Ababa, Thomson Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Mekelle, Tigray
Wad El Hilou, Sudan (CNN) The ghostly outlines of limbs emerge through the mist along the Setit River in eastern Sudan. A body is draped in plastic sheeting after being recovered from the river bank by Wad El Hilou, Sudan. Wad El Hilou is a natural pinch-point in the river's path -- and so, when the bodies arrived, they floated towards the banks. Ethnic profilingTigrayans still inside Humera told CNN that they live in constant fear of being detained or killed. A body recovered from the Setit River bank by Wad El Hilou, Sudan, is carried on plastic sheeting.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed's, Tigrayan, Tigrayans, We're, Gebretensae Gebrekristos, Gerri, Natay, Enda Yitbarek, Temesgen, Yonas, Humera, Alem, it's, Sudan who've Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian, Michael's, Mercury Locations: Sudan, Ethiopia, Humera, Ethiopia's Tigray, Tigray, Mekelle, Eritrea, St, Mary's, Amhara, People
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
The United States Department of the Treasury is seen in Washington, D.C., U.S., August 30, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File PhotoWASHINGTON, Aug 23 (Reuters) - The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on an Eritrean official it accused of being engaged in serious human rights abuse in the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, where thousands have been killed and over 2 million displaced. The United States has repeatedly called for Eritrean troops to withdraw from Tigray. "We urge Eritrea to immediately and permanently withdraw its forces from Ethiopia, and urge the parties to the conflict to begin ceasefire negotiations and end human rights abuses," Gacki added. But the TPLF kept fighting and at the end of June retook Mekelle and most of Tigray after government soldiers withdrew.
Persons: Andrew Kelly, Filipos, Andrea Gacki, Gacki, Yemane Gebremeskel, Daphne Psaledakis, Franklin Paul, Jonathan Oatis Organizations: United States Department of, Washington , D.C, REUTERS, U.S . Treasury Department, Eritrean Defense Forces, United, Foreign Assets Control, Mekelle, Thomson Locations: Washington ,, United States, Ethiopia's Tigray, U.S, Tigray, States, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mekelle, Washington
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
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
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. Seyfu said forces from the Amhara region, which are allied to Ethiopia’s central government, fled on Wednesday night together with local officials. A second man, Dawit, told Reuters by phone he left Lalibela on Thursday morning as Tigrayan forces were arriving. Daniel, a third resident of Lalibela, told Reuters by phone that he saw hundreds of soldiers entering the town around noon. Download the NBC News app for breaking news and politicsHe said that there was no fighting in Lalibela when the Tigrayan forces entered.
Persons: Lalibela, Seyfu, , , Daniel, We've, Ned Price, Flora Bagenal, Dr Fanta Mandefro Organizations: Ethiopia — Forces, United Nations, Ethiopian, United, Reuters, ” Reuters, NBC, Department, Tigray People's Liberation Forces, Mekelle, Bahir, UNESCO Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Ethiopia's Tigray, Lalibela, Amhara, Ethiopia's, Tigray, Afar, United States, Seyfu, Africa's, Flora, Mekelle, Bahir Dar
Some residents fled the town, located in Ethiopia's Amhara region, as the Tigrayan fighters arrived, Reuters reported on Thursday. The United States has called on the fighters to "protect this cultural heritage," State Department spokesman Ned Price said Thursday. CNN was not able to independently verify the reports that Lalibela was captured by Tigrayan fighters. Since then, the fighting has spread, with TPLF fighters pushing from Tigray into the neighboring regions of Amhara and Afar. "At the same time, we renew our calls for the Amhara regional government to withdraw immediately its associated military forces from western Tigray, and for the Eritrean government to withdraw its military forces permanently from Ethiopia.
Persons: Ned Price, Lalibela, Saint Mercurius, Abiy Ahmed, Price, we've, Stephane Dujarric, there's, Dujarric Organizations: Reuters, United, Department, CNN, Tigrayan, Ethiopian, UNESCO, Amhara, UN Locations: Ethiopia's Amhara, United States, Saint, Lalibela, Tigray, Amhara, Eritrea, Mekelle, Afar, Ethiopia, Tigray's, Abala, Semera
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
A general view of the town of Lalibela after the decline in tourism due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Lalibela, Ethiopia, May 2, 2021. REUTERS/Tiksa NegeriWASHINGTON, Aug 5 (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday called for combatants to respect the cultural heritage in Lalibela, whose famed rock-hewn churches are a United Nations World Heritage Site, after forces from Ethiopia's Tigray region took control of the town. read more"We've seen the reports that Tigrayan forces have taken Lalibela. We call on the TPLF to protect this cultural heritage," State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters. But the TPLF kept fighting and at the end of June retook Mekelle and most of Tigray after government soldiers withdrew.
Persons: Ned Price, Price, Abiy Ahmed’s, Daphne Psaledakis, Doyinsola Oladipo, Simon Lewis, Chris Reese, Angus MacSwan Organizations: REUTERS, Tiksa, United Nations, Ethiopian, Department, U.S . State Department, Mekelle, Thomson Locations: Lalibela, Ethiopia, Tiksa Negeri WASHINGTON, United States, Ethiopia's Tigray, Amhara, Ethiopia's, Tigray, Afar, Mekelle
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
Eritrean Refugees protest in-front of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) offices to condemn the attacks on the refugees in Hitsats and Shimelba camps during the fight between Ethiopia’s National Defence Force and Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 29, 2021. The agency said it lost access to the camps on July 14. read moreThe United States said on Tuesday it was deeply concerned about the fate of Eritrean refugees in Tigray. The refugee camps, which have existed for years and house Eritreans who have fled repression in their home country, were caught up in violence that now threatens to escalate. Demonstrators on Tuesday held a banner reading "Protect the rights of Eritrean refugees". She said she fled to safety in Addis Ababa from Hitsats, another refugee camp in Tigray, in January, but did not know where her husband was.
Persons: Mai Aini, Adi Harush, Hermon Hailu, Eritreans, Medihn Mehari, Ayenat Mersie, Giulia Paravicini, Maggie Fick, Joe Bavier Organizations: United Nations, Refugees, Ethiopia’s National Defence Force, Tigray People Liberation, REUTERS, UNHCR, Reuters, Ethiopian, Mekelle, Thomson Locations: UNHCR, Hitsats, Tigray, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ADDIS ABABA, States, Nairobi, Olbia, Italy
REUTERS/Jose Cabezas/File PhotoWASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters) - Washington is sending USAID Administrator Samantha Power to Ethiopia this week while warning of punitive measures if aid is unable to reach the Tigray region, where hundreds of thousands of people are believed to be experiencing famine. Power is due to meet Ethiopia's national security adviser and hopes to meet Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, a senior USAID official said. Washington hopes she will secure unhindered humanitarian access to Tigray. Ethiopian troops withdrew from most of Tigray in late June when the TPLF retook Mekelle. "All statements by Federal and Regional Government refer to the criminal enterprise that is TPLF and not the people of Tigray," a government-run Twitter account focused on Tigray tweeted this week.
Persons: Samantha Power, Jose Cabezas, Joe Biden's, Abiy Ahmed, Washington, Biden, Daphne Psaledakis, Mary Milliken, Howard Goller Organizations: United States Agency for International Development, Central American University, San Salvador , El, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, USAID, Ethiopian, Mekelle, Federal, Regional Government, Thomson Locations: El Salvador, San Salvador ,, San Salvador , El Salvador, Washington, Ethiopia, Tigray, Sudan, Mekelle, Addis Ababa
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