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Ethiopia's war still churns, but relief aid coming
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
One aid worker in touch with Tigray told Reuters that fighting continued to the north, south and west of the highland city of 500,000 people. WAR CHILDEthiopia’s government and the TPLF have both accused each other of targeting civilians - and both denied that. Food stocks are nearly empty for 96,000 Eritrean refugees in Tigray, aid agencies say, while medics in Mekelle are short of painkillers, gloves and bodybags. “Aid is needed now as there’s an acute shortage of food, medicine and other relief,” tweeted Norwegian Refugee Council head Jan Egeland, saying relief convoys were ready to go. The TPLF accuses their ex-military comrade and government coalition partner of trying to increase his personal power over Ethiopia’s 10 regions.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Abiy Ahmed, Abraham, , Hamdayet, , Atikilti Salem, Jan Egeland, Mulu Nega Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, REUTERS, Diplomats, United Nations, Norwegian Refugee Council, Marxist Locations: ADDIS, HAMDAYET, Sudan, Ethiopia, Tigray, Mekelle, Tigrayan, Humera, Sudanese, Africa
Aid coming to north Ethiopia, refugees recount war suffering
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
FILE PHOTO: Ethiopian refugees sit on bags of food aid at the Village 8 refugees transit camp, which houses Ethiopian refugees fleeing the fighting in the Tigray region, near the Sudan-Ethiopia border, Sudan, December 2, 2020. “The war is a people’s war and will not end easily,” its spokesman Gebre Gebretsadkan said on Tigray TV, adding that fighting had continued round Mekelle. One aid worker in touch with Tigray said clashes had been taking place to the north, south and west of the city. Claims from all sides have been hard to verify while access to Tigray region was blocked and communications largely down, though internet and phone services were returning this week. Food stocks are nearly empty for 96,000 Eritrean refugees in Tigray, aid agencies say, while medics in Mekelle are short of painkillers, gloves and bodybags.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Abiy Ahmed, Gebre Gebretsadkan, Abraham, , Hamdayet, , Atikilti Salem, Jan Egeland, Mulu Nega Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, REUTERS, Ethiopian, United Nations, Norwegian Refugee Council, Humera, Marxist Locations: ADDIS, HAMDAYET, Sudan, Ethiopia, Tigray, Mekelle, Humera, Sudanese, Eritrea, Africa
Tigrayan refugee takes comfort in music after fleeing to Sudan
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Seham Eloraby | Baz Ratner | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
HAMDAYET, Sudan (Reuters) - Like thousands of others fleeing to Sudan from the conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, 20-year-old Girum left his family and many of his possessions behind. Like Girum, most have been ferried across the Tekeze river and into Sudan at Hamdayet, clutching few if any belongings. Girum said his instrument, which has strings stretched across a simple rectangular wooden frame, was retrieved after his home had been looted. Other Tigrayan refugees have said they fled attacks by government forces and allied militia. In a speech to parliament on Monday, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed urged those who fled into Sudan to return.
Persons: Girum, Um, , Abiy Ahmed Organizations: Reuters, Ethiopian Locations: HAMDAYET, Sudan, Ethiopia’s, Tigray, Ethiopia, Hamdayet, Um
Four aid workers killed in Ethiopia's Tigray, sources say
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
NAIROBI/GENEVA (Reuters) - Four Ethiopian aid workers employed by two separate foreign organizations were killed in Tigray near the border with Eritrea last month during a war in the northern region, a humanitarian and a diplomatic source said on Wednesday. There was no immediate comment from Ethiopia’s government or the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) who have been battling since Nov. 4. The aid organizations declined to comment because a communications blackout in Tigray meant relatives had not been reached nor the exact circumstances of their deaths verified. There were credible but unconfirmed reports that a fifth aid worker had also died in Tigray, another humanitarian source told Reuters in Europe. The conflict is believed to have killed thousands of people in Tigray, sent more than 45,000 refugees fleeing to Sudan, and forced several hundred foreign aid workers to leave the region for safety reasons.
Organizations: Reuters Locations: NAIROBI, GENEVA, Tigray, Eritrea, Europe, Sudan
HAMDEYAT, Sudan (Reuters) - A Syrian refugee living in Sudan, who says he wants to show how refugees can make a difference, is helping to supply clean water to Ethiopians fleeing conflict at home. Kanoush says his mission is to prove that refugees can bring about change and has devoted his free time to helping other refugees and people in need. “In Sudan I wanted to give an example that refugees are not really problems,” he told Reuters. Salam has also volunteered in other refugee camps during his time in Sudan and has founded an organisation in Sudan’s eastern Kassala state that empowers women and young people to start their own businesses. A month-long war in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region has sent 45,000 refugees into neighbouring Sudan.
Persons: Student Salam Kanoush, Kanoush, , Salam Organizations: Reuters, Student, COOPI Locations: HAMDEYAT, Sudan, Syria, Aleppo, Damascus, Kassala, Ethiopia’s, Tigray
Ethiopia and U.N. reach agreement for Tigray aid access
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia and the United Nations reached an agreement on Wednesday to allow aid into government-controlled areas of Tigray region, where federal troops have declared their military operation against local forces over, two U.N. officials said. Ann Encontre, head of the U.N. refugee agency in Ethiopia, told Reuters the agreement had been signed. A U.N. source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the global body and the government had established a logistics group to ensure access. The government did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the agreement. Tens of thousands of people are dependent on food aid and uprooted from their homes in Tigray.
Persons: Ann Encontre Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, United Nations Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia, Tigray
Ethiopia's PM shifts focus from Tigray war to 2021 vote
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
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
United Nations and Ethiopia reach aid pact for war-hit Tigray
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopia and the United Nations reached an agreement on Wednesday to channel desperately needed humanitarian aid to a northern region where a month of war has killed, wounded and uprooted large numbers of people. The pact, announced by U.N. officials, will allow aid workers access to government-controlled areas of Tigray, where federal troops have been battling the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and captured the regional capital. Aid agencies had sounded the alarm about a growing humanitarian crisis and been pressing for access, after hundreds of foreign workers were forced to evacuate. That defiance was one reason for the federal government’s military offensive against TPLF leaders. It accuses Abiy of “invading” Tigray, where federal troops captured the regional capital Mekelle at the weekend, sending TPLF leaders fleeing for the hills.
Persons: Cross, OCHA, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Africa’s, TPLF, Rashid Abdi Organizations: United Nations, U.N, International Committee, Federal Government, Reuters Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Ethiopia, Tigray, Sudan, Mekelle, Tigray Region, Eritrea, ” Tigray, Abiy, Addis Ababa, Horn, Africa
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The Ethiopian government said on Tuesday that a senior politician linked to the rebellion in the northern region of Tigray had surrendered. “One of nine central committee leaders of the TPLF, Keria Ibrahim, has surrendered to federal forces,” said a tweet from the government’s Tigray taskforce, using the acronym of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, a political party spearheading the fight against the government in Addis Ababa. Tigrayan forces were not immediately available for comment. Claims by all sides are difficult to verify because phone and internet communication to the region is down and access tightly controlled.
Persons: Keria Ibrahim, Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Ethiopian Locations: ADDIS, Tigray, , Addis Ababa
Ethiopia war may turn into guerrilla insurgency
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
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
Ethiopia war may turn into guerrilla insurgency, experts say
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
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
GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations refugee agency appealed on Tuesday to Ethiopian authorities for access to 96,000 Eritrean refugees in the northern Tigray region, where it said food is believed to have run out during the month-long conflict. Babar Baloch, spokesman of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, told a Geneva news briefing: “Our extreme worry is that we hear about attacks, the fighting near the camps, we hear about abductions and forced removals, so this is very important for us to have that access to go and see what has happened over there.”
Persons: Babar Baloch, Organizations: United Nations, Ethiopian, Refugees Locations: GENEVA, Tigray, Geneva
Pompeo voices 'grave concern' about ongoing Tigray hostilities
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.84   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the media prior to meeting with Kuwait's Foreign Minister in Washington, D.C., U.S., November 24, 2020. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERSWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo voiced grave concern about ongoing hostilities in the northerly Tigray region of Ethiopia during a telephone call with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the U.S. State Department said in a statement on Monday. “Secretary Pompeo took note of the Government of Ethiopia’s Nov. 28 announcement of the end of major military operations, but reiterated the United States’ grave concern regarding ongoing hostilities and the risks the conflict poses,” State Department spokesman Cale Brown said, saying that Pompeo called for a “complete end” to the fighting and constructive dialogue.
Persons: Mike Pompeo, Saul Loeb, Abiy Ahmed, Pompeo, Cale Brown Organizations: Kuwait's, Washington , D.C, REUTERS WASHINGTON, Ethiopian, U.S . State Department, Ethiopia’s, United Locations: Washington ,, Tigray, Ethiopia, United States,
UM RAKUBA CAMP, Sudan (Reuters) - Ethiopian farmer Berhan Halie came to Sudan 35 years ago to escape hunger. Ethiopian refugee Berhan Halie, 65, poses for a picture at the Um Rakuba refugee camp which houses refugees fleeing the fighting in the Tigray region, on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in Sudan, November 29, 2020. Berhan and his family spent days walking to the border crossing with Sudan, among more than 45,000 who have fled from fighting between the Ethiopian government and rebellious Tigray forces. After crossing two weeks ago, he was brought by bus to the Um Rakuba camp in Sudan’s Qadarif state -- the same site he came to when fleeing the famine that had ravaged northern Ethiopia in 1985. Conditions at Um Rakuba are harsh.
Persons: Berhan Halie, Baz Ratner, , , Berhan, Abiy Organizations: UM, Reuters, REUTERS, Ethiopian Locations: Sudan, Tigray, Ethiopia, Sudan’s Qadarif, Rayan, Mekelle
Abiy says Ethiopia's federal forces have not killed civilians in Tigray
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
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 REUTERSADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed told parliament on Monday that federal troops had not killed a single civilian in their nearly month-long offensive against rebellious local forces in the northerly Tigray region. Abiy also said that his army would not destroy Mekelle, the capital of Tigray, after capturing it at the weekend. There was no immediate response from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which had accused the government of targeting civilians in air strikes and ground fighting. Claims from both sides are difficult to verify since phone and internet links to Tigray have been largely down and access has been tightly controlled since the war began on Nov. 4.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Michel Euler, Abiy Organizations: Ethiopian, ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Ethiopia’s Locations: Paris, France, ADDIS, Tigray
War not over, says Ethiopia's Tigrayan forces leader
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Debretsion Gebremichael, Tigray Regional President in Mekele, Tigray Region, Ethiopia June 26, 2019. The war in Tigray region has killed hundreds and probably thousands, sent refugees into Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, impacted a peacekeeping mission in Somalia, and heightened frictions between Ethiopia’s myriad ethnic groups. “I’m close to Mekelle in Tigray fighting the invaders,” he said. Debretsion added that his soldiers had captured some Eritreans fighting alongside the Ethiopian federal forces. Claims from all sides are difficult to verify since phone and internet links to Tigray region have been largely down and access tightly controlled since the war began on Nov. 4.
Persons: Debretsion Gebremichael, “ I’m, , Debretsion, Billene Seyoum, Abiy Ahmed Organizations: Tigray Regional, REUTERS, Tiksa, Ethiopian, Reuters, Federal Locations: Tigray, Mekele, Tigray Region, Ethiopia, Tiksa Negeri ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Mekelle, Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, Somalia, South Sudan, Asmara
Ethiopia's war is not over, says leader of Tigrayan forces
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
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
Leader of Ethiopia's Tigrayan forces says he is fighting near Mekelle
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
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 PhotoADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - The leader of Ethiopia’s rebellious northern forces said on Monday he was still fighting close to the regional capital of Mekelle after it was captured by government troops. Debretsion Gebremichael, who heads the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), also told Reuters in a text message that some Eritrean soldiers fighting alongside the Ethiopian federal forces had been taken prisoner by his side. There was no immediate comment from the Eritrean government, though at the start of the more than three-week conflict it had denied involvement. Claims from all sides are difficult to verify since phone and internet links to Tigray region have been largely down and access tightly controlled since the war began on Nov. 4.
Persons: Staff Seare Mekonnen, ADDIS, Debretsion Gebremichael, Billene Seyoum, Abiy Ahmed, Organizations: Tigray Regional President, Ethiopia's Army, Staff, REUTERS, Tiksa, Reuters, Ethiopian Locations: Tigray, Mekele, Tigray Region, Ethiopia, ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Mekelle
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
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed lauded his troops on Monday for their victory over a rebellious northern movement, but the leader of Tigrayan forces said they were still resisting amid fears of a protracted guerrilla conflict. 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. Drones were used to watch the TPLF, but federal forces declined to use rockets in Tigray, Abiy said. “I’m close to Mekelle in Tigray fighting the invaders,” he told Reuters in a text message. The battle-hardened TPLF helped to topple Ethiopia’s Marxist dictatorship in 1991 and knows how to exploit its mountains and borders with Sudan and Eritrea.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Tigrayan, ” Abiy, , , Mekelle, Abiy, Debretsion Gebremichael, “ I’m, Billene Seyoum, TPLF, Ethiopia’s, it’s, Will Davison, al, Mai Kadra Organizations: Ethiopia’s, Federal, American, Reuters, Diplomats, Crisis, African Union peacekeeping Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, Mekelle, Tigray, South Sudan, Eritrea, Wukro, Asmara, Ethiopia, al Qaeda, Somalia, Mai
NAIROBI (Reuters) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Sunday that hospitals in Mekelle, capital of the Ethiopian region of Tigray, are running low on supplies to care for the wounded, a day after the government announced military operations were complete in the region. A referral hospital in the city is lacking body bags for the dead and is running low on basic supplies such as gloves, the ICRC said in a statement. The situation in the city of 500,000 people was “quiet” on Sunday, it said. The government has not said if there were casualties in its offensive to take the city on Saturday. Claims from all sides are difficult to verify since phone and internet links to Tigray have been down and access tightly controlled since the fighting began.
Persons: Cross Organizations: International Committee, ICRC Locations: NAIROBI, Mekelle, Ethiopian, Tigray
UNHCR says it hopes humanitarian access to Tigray will be granted soon
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi gestures as he speaks during his visit to Luzmila Hospital in Amman, Jordan September 14, 2020. REUTERS/Muhammad HamedCAIRO (Reuters) - The head of the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Sunday he hoped promises of humanitarian access to Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region by the Ethiopian authorities would be granted as soon as possible. “It is not possible yet, so I hope it will develop in the next few days,” U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi told an online news conference from the Sudanese capital, Khartoum.
Persons: Filippo Grandi, Muhammad Hamed CAIRO, ” U.N Organizations: United Nations, Refugees, Luzmila, REUTERS, UNHCR, Sunday Locations: Amman , Jordan, Tigray, Khartoum
Six explosions in Eritrean capital of Asmara, says U.S. State Department
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Six explosions were reported in the Eritrean capital, Asmara, late on Saturday, the U.S. State Department said on Twitter although the cause and location were not clear. “At 10:13 p.m. on Nov 28 there were six explosions in Asmara,” the State Department said in the post on Sunday. On Saturday, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced that federal forces had taken control of Mekelle, Tigray’s capital, within hours of launching an offensive there. The Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), a political party whose fight against the government began on Nov. 4, said it was withdrawing from Mekelle. The TPLF regards Eritrea, which has warm relations with Abiy, as an archenemy.
Persons: , Abiy Ahmed Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, U.S . State Department, Twitter, State Department, ” Reuters, Ethiopian Locations: ADDIS, Asmara, , Eritrea, Tigray Region, Ethiopia, Mekelle
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