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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
On the other side, Colonel Hussein Mohamed said he commanded 3,700 soldiers from the army's 11th division at Sheweate Hugum. Reuters could not independently verify the accounts of the fighting at Sheweate Hugum. Ethiopian troops withdrew from most of Tigray in late June and declared a unilateral ceasefire on what the government said were humanitarian grounds when the TPLF retook Mekelle. Tesfay Gebregziabher, logistics coordinator for around 6,000 Tigrayan fighters who he said fought at Sheweate Hugum, said he saw around 350 Ethiopian soldiers retreat into the village school during the fighting. In the two-room schoolhouse in Sheweate Hugum, Reuters saw more than two dozen bodies in Ethiopian military uniforms, including women, lying among upturned desks and charred books.
Persons: Giulia Paravicini, SHEWEATE HUGUM, Addis Ababa, Sheweate Hugum, Fighting, Debretsion Gebremichael, Hussein Mohamed, Hussein, Spokespeople, Hugum, Mekelle, Tiebei Negash, Ahmed Abiy's, Tesfay, Maggie Fick, Katharine Houreld, Mike Collett Organizations: REUTERS, Ethiopian, Sheweate, Reuters, Mekelle, White, Thomson Locations: Abiy Addi, Ethiopia, Sheweate, Tigray, Mekelle, Addis, Sheweate Hugum, Nairobi
Food, water running out in Tigray refugee camps - UN
  + stars: | 2021-07-27 | by ( Stephanie Nebehay | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
A bus carrying displaced people arrives at the Tsehaye primary school, which was turned into a temporary shelter for people displaced by conflict, in the town of Shire, Tigray region, Ethiopia, March 14, 2021. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File PhotoGENEVA, July 27 (Reuters) - Some 24,000 Eritrean refugee are trapped in two camps in Ethiopia's Tigray region, cut off from humanitarian aid and where food rations may have run out, the United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday. "The last food distribution to the two refugee camps was done during the month of June, the ration supplies then were only enough for 30 days," Babar Baloch, spokesman of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told a Geneva news briefing. "There is a real danger of hunger among these refugees if supplies do not resume as they may have already run out of food supplies that were given to them," he said. Conflict broke out between the Ethiopian central government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) in November.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Mai Aini, Adi Harush, Babar Baloch, Baloch, Stephanie Nebehay, Giles Elgood Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations, Refugees, UNHCR, World Health Organization, Ethiopian, Mekelle, Thomson Locations: Shire, Tigray, Ethiopia, GENEVA, Ethiopia's Tigray, Geneva, Mekelle
As Tigray war intensifies, Ethiopia parades new army recruits
  + stars: | 2021-07-27 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Recruits to join Ethiopia's Defense Force gather during the farewell ceremony at the Meskel Square in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 27, 2021. REUTERS/Tiksa NegeriADDIS ABABA, July 27 (Reuters) - Thousands of Ethiopian army recruits paraded in Addis Ababa on Tuesday to bid farewell before leaving for training, potential future participants in a bloody eight-month-old conflict in the north that continues to spread and intensify. Teku Shega said his father used to fight in the federal army, and he wants to pursue that heritage. Afar is home to the main highway and railway linking landlocked Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa with the sea port of Djibouti. Reporting by Addis Ababa newsroom, Writing by Giulia Paravicini, Editing by William MacleanOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Kenea Yadeta, Adanech, Teku Shega, ENDF, Takele, , , Giulia Paravicini, William Maclean Organizations: Ethiopia's Defense Force, REUTERS, Tiksa, Ethiopian, Ethiopia's National Defence Force, National Army, Mekelle, Addis Ababa, Thomson Locations: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tiksa Negeri ADDIS ABABA, Meskel, Amhara, Oromiya, Tigray, Mekelle, Afar, Ethiopia's, Djibouti
U.S. calls for halt to violence against Eritreans in Tigray
  + stars: | 2021-07-27 | by ( Doyinsola Oladipo | ) www.reuters.com + 0.97   time to read: +2 min
July 27 (Reuters) - The United States is deeply concerned about reported attacks against Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia's Tigray region, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said on Tuesday, calling for the intimidation and attacks to stop. "We are deeply concerned about credible reports of attacks by military forces affiliated with the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Tigrayan militias against Eritrean refugees in the Tigray region," State Department spokeswoman Jalina Porter told reporters. Fighting first broke out in Tigray in November when the government accused the TPLF of attacking military bases across the region - an accusation the group denied. The government declared victory three weeks later when it took the regional capital Mekelle, but the TPLF kept fighting and has since retaken most of Tigray. Ethiopian troops withdrew from most of Tigray in late June when the TPLF retook Mekelle.
Persons: Jalina Porter, Mai Aini, Adi Harush, Porter, Doyinsola Oladipo, Daphne Psaledakis, David Brunnstrom, Dan Grebler Organizations: U.S . State Department, Department, UNHCR, Eritrean, Ethiopian, Mekelle, Thomson Locations: United States, Ethiopia's Tigray, U.S, Tigray, Ethiopia, UNHCR, 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. 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
Ethiopia's Amhara state rallies youth to fight Tigrayans as war expands
  + stars: | 2021-07-25 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
ADDIS ABABA, July 25 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's Amhara state on Sunday called on "all young people" to take up arms against Tigrayan fighters who are battling the federal government military and forces from all of Ethiopia's other nine regions. War erupted between the Ethiopian military and the TPLF, which rules Ethiopia's northernmost region, in November. This week the Tigrayans pushed their offensive to Afar, their neighbouring state to the east, where they said they planned to target troops from the Amhara region fighting alongside the federal military in the area. On Saturday, Amhara's special forces commander, Brigadier General Tefera Mamo was quoted by the region's state media as saying the war had expanded to the state. "The terrorist group has started a war in the Amhara and Afar regions and is also harassing Ethiopians," Tefera said, referring to TPLF.
Persons: Teshager, Getachew, General Tefera Mamo, Tefera, Elias Biryabarema, Katharine Houreld, Alex Richardson Organizations: Tigrayan, Tigray, Ethiopian, Special Forces, Thomson Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Amhara, Tigray People's, Horn of Africa, Mekelle, Tigray, Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Djibouti, Nairobi
Berhanu, from Addis Ababa, said he has been unable to speak to his daughter, a fourth-year student at Mekelle University, since phone lines went down on June 29, the day after Tigrayan forces retook the regional capital Mekelle. The parents' committee said students were stranded at four universities in Tigray, including Mekelle, after the conflict severed communications and transport links. read moreWar erupted in Tigray in November between the Ethiopian military and the region's ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF). At the end of June, the TPLF seized back control of Mekelle and most of Tigray after government soldiers withdrew. The conflict spilled out of Tigray into Afar this week, threatening a key road linking the Ethiopian capital to the port of Djibouti.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Banks, Mekelle, Elias Biryabarema, Katharine Houreld, Nick Tattersall Organizations: REUTERS, Mekelle University, Reuters, Humanitarian Affairs, Ethiopian, Thomson Locations: Adwa, Tigray, Ethiopia, ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia's, Addis Ababa, Mekelle, Afar, Djibouti
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
OLBIA, Italy July 17 (Reuters) - Forces in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region have released around 1,000 government soldiers captured during recent fighting, the head of its ruling party said, as both sides prepared for a showdown over contested land in the west of the region. Debretsion Gebremichael, leader of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), told Reuters by satellite phone late on Friday that they have released 1,000 low-ranking soldiers. "More than 5,000 (soldiers) are still with us, and we will keep the senior officers who will face trial," he said. He said the soldiers had been driven to Tigray's southern border with the Amhara region on Friday, but did not say who received them or how the release was negotiated. On Friday, Ethiopia's foreign ministry issued a statement accusing aid groups of arming rebels.
Persons: Gebremichael, Abiy, Fighting, OCHA, Giulia Paravicini, George Obulutsa, Katharine Houreld, Frances Kerry Organizations: Forces, Reuters, Mekelle, The United, Tiksa Negeri, Thomson Locations: OLBIA, Italy, Ethiopia's, Tigray, Amhara, Mekelle, The United Nations, Olbia, Nairobi
A fourth region, Amhara, has already been locked in conflict with Tigray since the war erupted in November. Both Amhara and Tigray claim the fertile fields of western and southern Tigray. In the past week, Tigrayan forces have retaken much of the south, but the west is heavily militarised. "We have already deployed our special forces and they will join ENDF. It is the ENDF that is in charge where the special forces will be deployed," said Oromiya Region spokesperson Getachew Balcha.
Persons: Getachew Balcha, Abiy Ahmed, George Obulutsa, Alex Richardson Organizations: Southern Nations Nationalities, Peoples, Ethiopian National Defence Force, ENDF, Reuters, The Southern Nations Nationalities, Amhara Media Corporation, Thomson Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Tigray, Oromiya, Peoples ' Region, Amhara, Western Tigray, Peoples ', Debre Markos, Ethiopia, Mekelle
But Addis Ababa police spokesperson Fasika Fanta said he had no information on the arrests or business closures. The group was taken to a military camp on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, he said, and the number of Tigrayans detained there later passed 100. Last week, Reuters visited 10 Tigrayan-owned coffee shops, bars and restaurants in Addis Ababa that had notices posted on their doors saying they had been closed by city authorities. Lidia Girma, deputy head of Addis Ababa City Peace and Security department, told Reuters the government had acted against businesses connected to the TPLF. She said she was not told why she was detained, paid 3,000 birr to a policeman and was released five days later.
Persons: Fasika Fanta, Jeylan Abdi, Tesfalem, Nigusu Mahari, Nigusu, Haya Hulet, Lidia Girma, Dawit Endeshaw, Katharine Houreld, Maggie Fick, Timothy Organizations: Ethiopian, Federal, Reuters, Ethiopian Human Rights, Police, Peace and Security, Peace, Security, Addis Ababa, birr, Timothy Heritage, Thomson Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Addis Ababa, Tigray, Ethiopia, Dire Dawa, Mekelle, Haya, Ababa's Bole, Addis, 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
  + stars: | 2021-07-13 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
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
Troops in Eritrean uniforms are seen on top of a truck near the town of Adigrat, Ethiopia, March 14, 2021. The push sparked calls from Amhara politicians for irregular militias to mobilise and arm themselves. The war pits Tigrayan forces - both formal and irregular - against the Ethiopian military and its allies from Amhara and the neighbouring nation of Eritrea. The aid worker, citing information received from colleagues there, said locals greeted Tigrayan forces with songs, cheers, and celebratory gunfire. The fighting started overnight, two refugees living in a camp adjacent to the town told Reuters, saying gunfire began around 1 a.m. and continued intermittently for about 14 hours.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Abiy Ahmed, Mai Tsebri, Tigrayan, Abiy, TPLF, Lotte Knudsen, Mahlet Hailu, Dawit Endeshaw, Emma Farge, Stephanie Nebehay, Omar Mohammed, Katharine Houreld, William Maclean Organizations: REUTERS, Forces, National Movement of Amhara, Ethiopian, Donors, Reuters, Eritrean, EU, United Nations, Human Rights, Foreign Affairs Ministry, Thomson Locations: Adigrat, Ethiopia, Baz Ratner NAIROBI, Ethiopia's Tigray, Amhara, Africa's, Tigray, Tigray's, Eritrea, Mai, Ethiopia's, Mekelle, Geneva, 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
July 12 (Reuters) - The United States is gravely concerned about reports of hostilities in Ethiopia's Tigray and condemns any retaliatory attacks against civilians in the region, a State Department spokesman said on Monday. "We strongly condemn any retaliatory attacks that have been or may be directed against civilians in the Tigray region, whether by organized military or security forces or by rogue elements," Price said. 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). But some parts in the west and south are also claimed by the neighboring Amhara region, which has sent fighters to the contested areas.
Persons: Ned Price, Price, Antony Blinken, Doyinsola Oladipo, Daphne Psaledakis, Eric Beech, Simon Lewis, Leslie Adler, Peter Cooney Organizations: State Department, Forces, Reuters, Thomson Locations: United States, Ethiopia's Tigray, Tigray, Ethiopia's, Mekelle, Amhara
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 woman carries an infant as she queues in line for food, at the Tsehaye primary school, which was turned into a temporary shelter for people displaced by conflict, in the town of Shire, Tigray region, Ethiopia, March 15, 2021. REUTERS/Baz RatnerADDIS ABABA, July 7 (Reuters) - Ethiopia said on Wednesday that it had allowed humanitarian flights to its northern Tigray region this week, amid concerns that aid is not reaching people facing famine, but the civil aviation head said no such flights had yet left the capital. "Since Monday July 5, 2021, the Federal government has granted flight permission for all interested parties to provide humanitarian services in Tigray region," authorities said on Twitter. But Wesenyeleh Hunegnaw, director-general of the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, said no such flights had taken off from Addis Ababa this week. read moreAlso on Friday, the government denied blocking humanitarian aid to Tigray and said it was rebuilding infrastructure amid accusations it is using hunger as a weapon.
Persons: Baz Ratner ADDIS, Abiy Ahmed's, Wesenyeleh Hunegnaw, Mekelle, Dawit Endeshaw, Omar Mohammed, Maggie Fick, Nick Macfie Organizations: REUTERS, Federal, Twitter, Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Reuters, The United Nations, Thomson Locations: Shire, Tigray, Ethiopia, Baz Ratner ADDIS ABABA, Mekelle, Addis Ababa
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/StringerNAIROBI, July 6 (Reuters) - The commander of rebel forces in Tigray on Tuesday called for a negotiated ceasefire with the Ethiopian government and a political solution to the conflict in the northern region, saying the government could not win the war. "We are restraining ourselves for a realistic political solution to the whole problem. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's spokesperson and the head of the government task force on Tigray did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Aid has not been to enter Tigray since Mekelle fell but the government denies it has prevented shipments.
Persons: Stringer, Tsadkan, Abiy Ahmed's, TPLF, Abiy, Getnet Adene, Maggie Fick, Angus MacSwan Organizations: Ethiopia's National Defense Force, Tigray Special Forces, REUTERS, Ethiopian, Reuters, Communist, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Humera, Ethiopia, Stringer NAIROBI, Mekelle, Eritrea, Amhara, Addis Ababa
Ethiopia's Tigray demands troop withdrawals for ceasefire talks
  + stars: | 2021-07-04 | by ( Dawit Endeshaw | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
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
As it descended toward the regional capital of Tigray, curling through rocky hills and remote hamlets, people clustered along the route in celebration. The leader of Tigray, Debretsion Gebremichael, was going home. Two days earlier, his scrappy guerrilla force had retaken the regional capital, Mekelle, hours after Ethiopian troops suddenly abandoned the city. “I didn’t expect to make it back alive,” Mr. Debretsion said on Thursday night in an interview, his first since the fall of Mekelle. The most important thing is that my people are free — free from the invaders.
Persons: Debretsion Gebremichael, Debretsion, Mr, Organizations: Ethiopian Locations: GIJET, Ethiopia, Tigray, Debretsion, Mekelle
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