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Reports of continued human rights abuses and atrocities by parties to the conflict are deeply disturbing, including the reported attack on civilians in a village in the Amhara region this week, Price said. 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. War broke out 10 months ago between Ethiopia's federal troops and forces loyal to the TPLF, which controls the Tigray region. Fighting spread in July from the Tigray region into the neighboring regions of Amhara and Afar, also in the country's north. The United Nations said on Friday that it had completed its joint investigation with Ethiopia's state-appointed human rights commission of abuses in the Tigray conflict, with a final report due Nov 1.
Persons: Baz Ratner, TPLF, Ned Price, Price, Getachew, Yemane Gebremeskel, Daphne Psaledakis, Susan Heavey, Giulia Paravicini, Elias Biryabarema, Chris Reese, Nick Zieminski, Cynthia Osterman Organizations: REUTERS, U.S . State Department, Ethiopian, Department, Reuters, Amhara, Eritrea's, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Adigrat, Ethiopia, United States, Tigray, Amhara, Ethiopia's Amhara, Eritrea, Africa, Afar, Addis Ababa, Kampala
A conflict between the Ethiopian military and rebels in the Tigray region has been raging for 10 months. A report from The Telegraph said that Tigrayans are being systematically killed in an ethnic purge. The paper said Tigrayan men, women and children were being tortured and killed in makeshift "concentration camps." Amhara forces have since been going "door-to-door" to round up anyone who is ethnic Tigrayan, The Telegraph said, based on information from a dozen eyewitnesses. Reports have emerged of a man-made famine in the region, putting the lives of thousands of Tigrayans at risk.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, TPLF Organizations: Ethiopian, The Telegraph, Service, Telegraph, Google, United Nations Locations: Tigray, Ethiopia, Africa, Humera, 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/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
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
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/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
It was more common for women to report sexual violence by Eritrean soldiers, the doctors said. Taken together, the descriptions paint the most detailed picture to date of the sexual violence against women in Tigray and the military’s alleged involvement in it. SHOT FOR RESISTINGThe government has set up a task force separate from the human rights commission to investigate the reports of sexual violence. “Our prosecutors (and) police officers are there to investigate all crimes committed, including sexual violence,” said Awol Sultan, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office. The doctor shared notes from 11 cases the hospital had treated involving women raped by soldiers.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Fasika Amdeselassie, ” Fasika, Abiy Ahmed, , Billene Seyoum, Billene, Yemane Gebremeskel, TPLF, , Fasika, Ethiopia’s, Mekelle, , Mebrihit Assefa, Sultan, Abera Nigus Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, Reuters, Ethiopia’s, Eritrean, United Nations, African Union, Referral Locations: ADIGRAT, Ethiopia, Ethiopia’s Tigray, Tigray, Sudan, Al, of Africa, Eritrea, United, Ethiopia’s, Mekelle, Idaga, Adigrat
It was more common for women to report sexual violence by Eritrean soldiers, the doctors said. Taken together, the descriptions paint the most detailed picture to date of the sexual violence against women in Tigray and the military’s alleged involvement in it. The alleged sexual violence has drawn international attention. SHOT FOR RESISTINGThe government has set up a task force separate from the human rights commission to investigate the reports of sexual violence. “Our prosecutors (and) police officers are there to investigate all crimes committed, including sexual violence,” said Awol Sultan, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Fasika Amdeselassie, ” Fasika, Abiy Ahmed, Billene Seyoum, Billene, , Yemane Gebremeskel, TPLF, , Fasika, Ethiopia’s, Mekelle, Mebrihit Assefa, , Sultan, Abera Nigus Organizations: Ethiopian, Reuters, REUTERS, Ethiopia’s, Eritrean, United Nations, African Union, Referral, Thomson Locations: Adigrat, Tigray, Ethiopia, Ethiopia’s Tigray, of Africa, Eritrea, United, Ethiopia’s, Mekelle, Idaga
(CNN) Grammy award-winning artist The Weeknd is stepping up to help Ethiopians amid violence in the country. The singer-songwriter, whose real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, on Sunday said that he will donate $1 million to Ethiopian relief efforts through the UN World Food Programme. "I will be donating $1 million to provide 2 million meals through the United Nations World Food Programme and encourage those who can to please give as well." The UN announced on March 25 that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission would launch a joint investigation into possible crimes. The Ethiopian government estimated that 4.5 million people need "life-saving" assistance through late this year, the UN reportedThis isn't the first time The Weeknd has contributed to a cause.
Persons: Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, Abiy Ahmed, Ahmed, TPLF, George Floyd's, Colin Kaepernick's Organizations: CNN, UN, Food, Ethiopian, BBC, United Nations, Human Rights, Ethiopian Human Rights, Network Locations: Tigray, Mahibere, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Beirut
They were from his town in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region, Edaga Hamus, and had also fled fighting there two weeks earlier. A group of Eritrean soldiers opened fire on Maryam Dengelat church while hundreds of congregants were celebrating mass, eyewitnesses say. Abiy has also denied that soldiers from Eritrea crossed into Tigray to support Ethiopian forces. Footage of the celebrations from 2019 shows priests dressed in white ceremonial robes and crowns, carrying crosses aloft, leading hundreds of people in prayer at Maryam Dengelat church. Several of the priests were killed as they left the church, Abraham said.
Persons: Abraham, Hamus, Maryam Dengelat, Tsion Maryam, Maryam, Yohannes Yosef, I've, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Isaias Afwerki, TPLF, Bernadette Gilbertas, Desta, Marta, Dengelat, Biniam, Isayas, Arsema, Alemtsahay Asgedom, Rahwa, Samuel, CNN geolocated, Soldiers, Tedros Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian, United Nations, UN, Eritrean, US State Department, Ireland, Sunday Locations: Ethiopia's, Tigray, Dengelat, Jerusalem, Maryam Dengelat, Dengelat ., Eritrea, Ethiopia, Africa's, Eritrean, Biniam, Ireland
FILE PHOTO: Ethiopia's former foreign minister, Seyoum Mesfin, addresses the final mediation report on South Sudan in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, April 2, 2016. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File PhotoNAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopia said on Wednesday its military had killed three members of the Tigray region’s former ruling party, including former Ethiopian Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin. The military said last week it had captured Sebhat Nega, a founding member of the TPLF. At the weekend, it said it had killed 15 members of the TPLF and captured eight others, according to state-run TV. Seyoum was Ethiopia’s foreign minister from 1991 to 2010.
Persons: Seyoum, Seyoum Mesfin, Abiy Ahmed’s, TPLF, Sebhat Nega Organizations: REUTERS, Tiksa, Ethiopian Foreign, Twitter, Reuters, United Nations Locations: South Sudan, Ethiopia's, Addis Ababa, NAIROBI, Ethiopia, Tigray
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s military said on Sunday it had killed 15 members of the Tigray region’s former ruling party and captured eight others, according to state-run TV. The latest announcement about those killed and captured comes after the military said on Friday that it had captured Sebhat Nega, a founding member of the TPLF. The captured former TPLF president, Abay, was president of the region from 2010 to 2018, replaced by the group’s current leader, Debretsion Gebremichael. The whereabouts of Debretsion, other members of the party’s central committee and many high-ranking former military officers remains unknown. Air strikes and battles since early November in Tigray are believed to have killed thousands of people.
Persons: Abay Weldu, Abiy Ahmed’s, TPLF, Sebhat Nega, Debretsion, Abay Organizations: Ethiopia’s National Defence Force, Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation, Reuters, United Nations Locations: NAIROBI, Tigray, Addis Ababa
FILE PHOTO: An Ethiopian refugee who fled Tigray region holds a child inside a courtesy bus at the Fashaga camp, as they are transferred to Um-Rakoba camp on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in Kassala state, Sudan December 13, 2020. Abiy has declared victory over the former local ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). Slideshow ( 2 images )The civil aviation authority said it reopened airspace in Tigray region at 2 pm (11 am GMT) on Monday. “People are still afraid and worried,” a journalist based in Mekelle told Reuters, also on condition of anonymity. The new government-appointed provisional administration for Tigray has told state employees - including rank-and-file workers from the previous administration - to return to work on Monday or be fired.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed’s, Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Abiy, Mekelle, Tigrayans, , Banks, Mulu Nega, TPLF Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Ethiopian, REUTERS, birr Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia, Tigray, Sudan, Kassala state, Mekelle, birr
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The first non-governmental aid convoy since fighting started arrived in the capital of Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region on Saturday, as the government ordered businesses to re-open and officials to return to work. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File PhotoThe federal government restricted access to Tigray after fighting began on Nov. 4 between its troops and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), a political party that ruled the province. Phone and internet connections are gradually being restored, but most of the region remains unreachable for journalists and outside aid agencies. “Peace and stability has been established in most of the towns in the region, including Mekelle. Businesses must return to normal from tomorrow,” the state news agency quoted Mulu Nega, the head of the interim authority, as saying.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Cross, , Patrick Youssef, TPLF, Mulu Nega, Um, Tewelo Gabrageres Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, REUTERS, Mekelle, International Committee, Ethiopian, Cross, ICRC, United Nations, Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia’s, Tigray, Ethiopia, Sudan, Mekelle, Africa
Hamdayat, on the border between Sudan and Ethiopia (CNN) Huyeet is limping as he crosses the border, his leg bandaged with dirty gauze. Huyeet said he was saved by a group of Tigray refugees, who fished him out of the water and bandaged his leg. Violence against civiliansIt's very hard to know what is happening in Ethiopia's Tigray region, because the government has endorsed a communications blackout. CNN has not been permitted to travel to Ethiopia's Tigray region by the Ethiopian government, although we have requested access. Gabrgeorgis says that in his town -- Sheraro on the Eritrea-Ethiopia border -- the Eritrean military took over when Ethiopian troops left.
Persons: Huyeet, grimaces, Abiy Ahmed, Nobel, Abiy, Tigray's, TPLF, Zeray Gabrgeorgis, Gabrgeorgis Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian Army, Ethiopian, Tigray Peoples Liberation Forces, Ethiopian National Defense Forces, Eritrean Locations: Sudan, Ethiopia, Ethiopia's Tigray, Humera, Fano, Tigray, Amhara, Mekelle, Ethiopian, Eritrea, Liberation
FILE PHOTO: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks during a media conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, October 29, 2018. “The criminal clique pushed a patently false narrative that its fighters and supporters are battle-hardened and well-armed, posing the risk of protracted insurgency in the rugged mountains of Tigray,” Abiy said in a statement. However, some residents, diplomats and the TPLF say clashes persist, with protests and looting also reported in Mekelle on Friday. The TPLF dominated government for nearly three decades, until Abiy took power in 2018 and began democratic reforms. The government denies that and accuses TPLF leaders of treason for attacking federal forces in early November.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Michel Euler, ” Abiy, Tigrayans, Abiy, TPLF Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS Federal, Reuters, United Nations Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Paris, France, Mekelle, Ethiopia, Africa, Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region is too volatile for aid to reach hundreds of thousands of civilians in need, humanitarian workers said on Sunday, amid reports of persistent fighting, looting and lawlessness. However, two senior aid officials told Reuters on Sunday that looting and lawlessness meant the region was still too volatile to dispatch convoys. The TPLF dominated Ethiopia’s government for nearly three decades, until Abiy took power in 2018 and speeded up democratic reforms. Tensions escalated when Tigray held a regional election in September in defiance of the government, which postponed voting nationwide due to COVID-19. The government rejects the TPLF’s accusations and has accused TPLF leaders of treason for attacking federal forces stationed in Tigray.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, destabilise, , , ” Saviano Abreu, TPLF Organizations: Ethiopia's, REUTERS, Tiksa Negeri Aid, Sunday, Reuters, Medical, Government, United Nations, Humanitarian Affairs Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Mekelle, Africa, Sudan, Shire
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s prime minister met political parties on Wednesday to plan next year’s election and shift attention away from a month-long war in the north that was sliding into a messy guerrilla conflict. That defiance was one reason for the federal government’s military offensive against TPLF leaders from Nov. 4. He took Ethiopia’s top job after nearly three decades of a TPLF-led national government, which had become increasingly repressive, jailing opponents and banning opposition parties. There was no immediate comment from TPLF leaders. TPLF leaders say they are continuing to fight from surrounding mountainous areas.
Persons: Abiy, Africa’s, TPLF, Rashid Abdi, Jawar Mohammed, , , Will Davison Organizations: ADDIS, Abiy, Crisis Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Sudan, Eritrea, ” Tigray, Mekelle, Abiy, Addis Ababa, Bole, Horn, Africa, Oromia, Ethiopia
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
Ethiopia war may turn into guerrilla insurgency
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Asked about ongoing fighting, TPLF head Debretsion Gebremichael said in a text: “Yes. Though outnumbered and expelled from their capital, the Tigrayans can exploit their mountainous terrain and long borders with Sudan and Eritrea. REFUGEESThe U.N. refugee agency appealed for access to 96,000 Eritrean refugees in Tigray, where food was thought to be running out. In a speech to parliament on Monday, Abiy urged the more than 45,000 Ethiopians who fled into Sudan to return. Refugees were saying that Ethiopian militia and soldiers were trying to impede them, he said.
Persons: Baz Ratner Fighting, Abiy, TPLF, Debretsion Gebremichael, Rashid Abdi, Babar Baloch, , Tigrayans Organizations: REUTERS, Federal, Reuters, . Government, United, Ethiopian Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Mekelle, United Nations, Horn, Africa, Geneva, Asmara
Asked about ongoing fighting, TPLF head Debretsion Gebremichael said in a text: “Yes. Though outnumbered and expelled from their capital, the Tigrayans can exploit their mountainous terrain and long borders with Sudan and Eritrea. REFUGEESThe U.N. refugee agency appealed for access to 96,000 Eritrean refugees in Tigray, where food was thought to be running out. In a speech to parliament on Monday, Abiy urged the more than 45,000 Ethiopians who fled into Sudan to return. Refugees were saying that Ethiopian militia and soldiers were trying to impede them, he said.
Persons: Baz Ratner Fighting, Abiy, TPLF, Debretsion Gebremichael, Keria Ibrahim, Rashid Abdi, Babar Baloch, , Tigrayans Organizations: REUTERS, Federal, Reuters, of Federation, . Government, United, Ethiopian Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Mekelle, United Nations, Horn, Africa, Geneva, Tigrayan, Asmara
FILE PHOTO: Debretsion Gebremichael, Tigray Regional President in Mekele, Tigray Region, Ethiopia June 26, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri“I’m close to Mekelle in Tigray fighting the invaders,” Debretsion Gebremichael told Reuters in a text message, which the government dismissed as a deluded claim. The war in Tigray region has killed hundreds and probably thousands, sent refugees into Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, impeded a peacekeeping mission in Somalia, and heightened frictions between Ethiopia’s myriad ethnic groups. Both sides have spoken of hundreds of dead in the Tigray war, and diplomats believe the toll is in the thousands. The battle-hardened TPLF helped to topple Ethiopia’s Marxist dictatorship in 1991 and knows how to exploit its mountainous terrain and borders with Sudan and Eritrea.
Persons: ” Debretsion Gebremichael, Abiy, Debretsion, Billene Seyoum, Debretsion’s, , TPLF, Ethiopia’s, al Organizations: Tigray Regional, REUTERS, Negeri, Negeri “ I’m, Reuters, Federal, U.S . State Department, Diplomats, African Union peacekeeping Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Ethiopia, Mekelle, Tigray, Mekele, Tigray Region, Negeri “, Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, Somalia, South Sudan, Eritrea, Wukro, Asmara, al Qaeda
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed lauded his troops on Monday for ousting a rebellious northern movement, but the leader of Tigrayan forces said they were still resisting amid fears of a protracted guerrilla conflict. FILE PHOTO: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks during a media conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, October 29, 2018. Michel Euler/Pool via REUTERSThe nearly month-long war has killed hundreds and probably thousands of people, sent refugees into Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, and stirred rivalries among Ethiopia’s myriad ethnic groups. The battle-hardened TPLF helped topple Ethiopia’s Marxist dictatorship in 1991 and knows how to exploit its mountains and borders with Sudan and Eritrea. The government blamed the killings on a Tigrayan youth group with the aid of local forces, but the TPLF denied any collusion.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Tigrayan, Michel Euler, ” Abiy, , , Mekelle, Abiy, , Debretsion Gebremichael, “ I’m, Billene Seyoum, Redwan Hussein, TPLF, Ethiopia’s, Tigrayans, Mai Kadra Organizations: Ethiopia’s, Ethiopian, REUTERS, Federal, American, Reuters, Diplomats, Republican Guard, Cross Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Paris, France, Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, Mekelle, Tigray, South Sudan, Eritrea, Wukro, Ethiopia, Abiy, Mai
The nearly month-long war has killed hundreds and probably thousands of people, sent refugees into Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, and stirred rivalries among Ethiopia’s myriad ethnic groups. The United States expressed concern about continued fighting and called for a complete end to hostilities and for dialogue. “I’m close to Mekelle in Tigray fighting the invaders,” he told Reuters in a text message. The battle-hardened TPLF helped topple Ethiopia’s Marxist dictatorship in 1991 and knows how to exploit its mountains and borders with Sudan and Eritrea. The government blamed the killings on a Tigrayan youth group with the aid of local forces, but the TPLF denied any collusion.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Tigrayan, ” Abiy, , , Mekelle, Abiy, , Debretsion Gebremichael, “ I’m, Billene Seyoum, Redwan Hussein, TPLF, Ethiopia’s, Tigrayans, Mai Kadra, Mike Pompeo, Pompeo, Antonio Guterres, General Organizations: Ethiopia’s, Federal, American, Washington, United Nations, Reuters, Diplomats, Republican Guard, Cross, State Department Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, Mekelle, Tigray, States, South Sudan, Eritrea, Wukro, Ethiopia, Abiy, Mai
FILE PHOTO: Debretsion Gebremichael, Tigray Regional President, attends the funeral ceremony of Ethiopia's Army Chief of Staff Seare Mekonnen in Mekele, Tigray Region, Ethiopia June 26, 219. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File PhotoThe nearly month-long war has killed hundreds and probably thousands, sent refugees into Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, affected a peacekeeping mission in Somalia, and deepened divisions between Ethiopia’s myriad ethnic groups. “I’m close to Mekelle in Tigray fighting the invaders,” Debretsion Gebremichael told Reuters in a text message. There was no comment from the Asmara government, though at the start of the war it denied involvement. Both sides have spoken of hundreds of dead in the Tigray war, and diplomats believe the toll is in the thousands.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Tigray’s, Staff Seare Mekonnen, ” Abiy, , , Debretsion Gebremichael, “ I’m, ” Debretsion Gebremichael, Abiy, , Billene Seyoum, TPLF, Ethiopia’s, it’s, Will Davison, al Organizations: Ethiopia’s, Tigray Regional President, Ethiopia's Army, Staff, REUTERS, Tiksa, American, Reuters, Crisis, U.S . State Department, Diplomats, African Union peacekeeping Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Mekele, Tigray Region, Ethiopia, Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, Somalia, Mekelle, South Sudan, Eritrea, Wukro, Asmara, al Qaeda
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