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REUTERS/Baz RatnerSummary Thousands of Eritrean refugees caught in north Ethiopian warRefugees distrusted and abused by both sides' fighters'Clear war crimes' committed, says rights groupNAIROBI, Sept 16 (Reuters) - Eritrean soldiers and Tigrayan militias raped, detained and killed Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray, an international rights watchdog said on Thursday. Tens of thousands of Eritrean refugees live in Tigray, a mountainous and poor province of about 5 million people. Tigrayan forces marched fleeing refugees back to Hitsats, shooting some stragglers, refugees reported to HRW. In the northernmost camp, Shimelba, Eritrean forces killed at least one refugee, raped at least four others and killed local residents, HRW said. Tigrayan forces took over those camps in June and refugees have reported killings and looting.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Tigrayans, Laetitia Bader, Horn, Getachew Reda, PEOPLE, HRW, Tigrayan, Ziban, Adi Harush, Mai Aini, Andrew Cawthorne Organizations: REUTERS, Refugees, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Human Rights Watch, Reuters, International, UNHCR, United Nations, HRW, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Sudan, NAIROBI, Ethiopia’s, of Africa, Africa, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Hitsats, Hitsats camp’s, Zelasle, Shimelba, Mai
ADDIS ABABA, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Ethiopia said on Thursday that rebellious forces from the Tigray region had been defeated in the adjacent Afar region and had withdrawn, but the Tigrayan forces said they had merely shifted troops to neighbouring Amhara for an offensive there. Foreign affairs ministry spokesperson Dina Mutfi cited "military information" when referring to what he called the defeat, at a news conference in Addis Ababa. Tigrayan spokesperson Getachew Reda spoke to Reuters by satellite phone from an undisclosed location. Spokespeople for the Ethiopian military and the Prime Minister's office were not immediately reachable for comment. Reporting by Addis Ababa newsroom; Additional reporting and writing by Maggie Fick; Editing by Kevin LiffeyOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Dina Mutfi, Getachew Reda, Maggie Fick, Kevin Liffey Organizations: Reuters, Ethiopian, Addis, Thomson Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Tigray, Amhara, Addis Ababa, Tigrayan
In 2018, Kidanemariam was serving as Ethiopia's consul general in Los Angeles and said he helped organize Abiy's visit. He expected Abiy, who preached a political philosophy of inclusion, to chide the crowd, but he said nothing. Later, over lunch, when Kidanemariam asked why, he said Abiy told him: "There was nothing to correct." Abiy receives the Nobel Peace Prize during a ceremony in Oslo, Norway, in December 2019. "I am of the strongest opinion that the Nobel Prize Committee is responsible for what is happening in Ethiopia, at least partially.
Persons: , Abiy Ahmed, Africa's, Kidanemariam, Abiy, he'd, heckles, Abiy's, Billene Seyoum, Hailemariam, backsliding, Ahmed Soliman, William Davidson, Rashid Abdi, Abdi, Isaias Afwerki, Mehari, Isaias, Goitom Gebreluel Organizations: CNN, University of Southern, Ethiopian, Ethiopia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abiy's, Addis Standard, Addis, Prosperity Party, Chatham House, International Crisis, United, West, European University Institute Locations: University of Southern California, Los Angeles, United States, Africa, Eritrea, Ethiopia's, Tigray, Washington , DC, Oslo, Norway, Abiy, West, Ethiopia, Oromia, of Africa, Bahir Dar, Addis Ababa, Tigrayan, Wukro, Kenya, Horn of Africa, Amhara, Taddele Maru, South
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/StringerADDIS ABABA, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Forces from Ethiopia's Tigray region in recent weeks looted warehouses belonging to the U.S. government's humanitarian agency in the Amhara region, USAID's Ethiopia director said on Tuesday. War broke out in the mountainous region last November between Ethiopian troops and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which controls the region. read moreThe Tigrayan forces and the federal government have repeatedly traded accusations of hampering the flow of aid. Reporting by Nairobi newsroom Writing by Duncan Miriri Editing by Maggie Fick and Grant McCoolOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Stringer ADDIS ABABA, Sean Jones, Abiy, Duncan Miriri, Maggie Fick, Grant McCool Organizations: REUTERS, Forces, Ethiopian, EBC, USAID, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Mai Tsebri, Ethiopia, Ethiopia's Tigray, Amhara, Afar, Nairobi
U.S. envoy to visit Ethiopia to try to halt fighting
  + stars: | 2021-08-13 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan, announcing the trip by envoy Jeffrey Feltman, urged Ethiopia's government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) to come to the negotiating table after nine months of conflict. "Months of war have brought immense suffering and division to a great nation that won’t be healed through more fighting," he tweeted late on Thursday. This week, the rebellious Tigrayan forces said they were in talks to forge a military alliance with insurgents from Ethiopia's most populous region, Oromiya, heaping pressure on the government in Addis Ababa. Also this week, the government urged citizens to join the fight against the resurgent Tigrayan forces. It said all capable Ethiopians should join the army, special forces and militias to show their patriotism.
Persons: Joe Biden, Jake Sullivan, Jeffrey Feltman, Ethiopia's, Abiy Ahmed's, Kumsa Diriba, Marroo, Tigrayan, Maggie Fick, Nick Macfie Organizations: House, United Nations, Oromo Liberation Army, OLA, Reuters, Thomson Locations: NAIROBI, Africa, Ethiopia, Tigray, Ethiopia's, Addis Ababa, Oromo, Afar, Amhara, Lalibela
Ethiopia's Tigray forces seek new military alliance
  + stars: | 2021-08-11 | by ( )   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
Ethiopia urges citizens to join fight against Tigrayan forces
  + stars: | 2021-08-10 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
A burned tank stands near the town of Adwa, Tigray region, Ethiopia, March 18, 2021. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File PhotoNAIROBI, Aug 10 (Reuters) - The office of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Tuesday urged "all capable Ethiopians" to join the army, special forces and militias to support the fight against Tigrayan forces. The statement came roughly six weeks after the government declared a unilateral ceasefire in the northern region of Tigray. It was not immediately possible to contact the spokesperson for Tigrayan forces, or Abiy's representative, for comment. War broke out in November between federal troops and forces from the Tigray People's Liberation Front, which controls Tigray.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Abiy Ahmed, Ayenat Mersie, Kevin Liffey Organizations: REUTERS, Ethiopian, Tigrayan, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Adwa, Tigray, Ethiopia, NAIROBI, Amhara, Afar
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
KHARTOUM, Aug 2 (Reuters) - At least 30 corpses have washed up on the Sudanese banks of a river that abuts Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray, according to two Ethiopian refugees and four Sudanese witnesses who told Reuters on Monday they had retrieved the bodies. At a different point the river also separates Sudan from Ethiopia. But the accounts of the Ethiopian refugees were bolstered by witnesses in Sudan. The village is about 42 kilometers (26 miles) from Hamdayet camp in Sudan, where the Ethiopian refugees found the bodies. War erupted eight months ago between Ethiopia's central government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), the party that controls Tigray.
Persons: Tewodros Tefera, Humera, , Redwan Hussein, Getnet Adane, Billene Seyoum, Tigrayan, Khalid Abdelaziz, Giulia Paravicini, Katharine Houreld, Howard Goller Organizations: Reuters, Ethiopian, Thomson Locations: KHARTOUM, Tigray, Ethiopia, Sudan, Ethiopian, Humera, Kassala, Tigrayans, Amhara, Afar, Khartoum, Nafisa, Cairo
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
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
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
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
The Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), the former rulers of Ethiopia's Tigray region, said on Monday it was back in control of the regional capital Mekelle after nearly eight months of fighting. "Operations are under way ... and the number of prisoners of war is increasing by the minute,” TPLF spokesman Getachew Reda told Reuters by satellite phone, with light artillery fire crackling in the background. With electricity and phone and internet lines cut to the region, aid agencies are limited in their ability to reach people in need of food and other services. A TPLF spokesman said government troops were forced out. "The violence must now stop and unfettered humanitarian access granted," a spokesman for Britain's Foreign Office said on Thursday.
Persons: Stringer ADDIS, Tigrayan, , Getachew Reda, Gemma Connell, Dina Mufti, Mufti, Alyona Synenko, Hayat Abu Salah, Abu Salah, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, General Antonio Guterres, Dawit Endeshaw, Maggie Fick, Nick Macfie, Andrew Heavens, Angus MacSwan, Timothy Organizations: Amhara Special Forces, Eritrean Defence Forces, REUTERS, Reuters, International, Humanitarian Affairs, Southern, Government, International Committee, United Nations, U.S . Agency for International Development, Electricity, UNICEF, Ethiopian, birr, Britain's Foreign, Timothy Heritage, Thomson Locations: Ethiopia, Eritrean, Humera, Stringer ADDIS ABABA, Tigray, Ethiopia's Tigray, Mekelle, Shire, Eastern Africa, United States, Britain, Addis Ababa, Nairobi
The Tigray conflict has its roots in tensions that go back generations in Ethiopia. Because of a previous conflict with neighboring Eritrea, there are also a large number of federal troops in Tigray. For months at the start of the conflict, Abiy denied that civilians were being harmed or that soldiers from Eritrea had joined the fight. Separate investigations by CNN and Amnesty International in February uncovered evidence of massacres carried out by Eritrean forces in the Tigrayan towns of Dengelat and Axum late last year. All actors in the conflict have been accused of carrying out atrocities, but Eritrean forces have been linked to some of the most gruesome.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Tigrayans, Mahibere Dego, Tigrayan, Redwan Hussein, Antony Blinken, Ned Price, Biden, Price Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian, United Nations, Amnesty International, Eritrean, World Peace Foundation, UN, Food, Wednesday, US State Department, State Department Locations: Africa, Tigray, Ethiopia, Abiy, Africa's, Gedaref, Sudan, Eritrea, Regional, Mekelle, Amhara, Addis Ababa, Wukro, Mekele, Dengelat, Axum, Tigrayan, Mahibere, Jimma
Live Tigray Rebels in Ethiopia Retake Regional Capital: Live Updates The rebels are consolidating their hold on the capital, Mekelle, and its outskirts after Ethiopian government forces retreated, in a dramatic turn in the eight-month civil war. Tigrayan forces retake their capital as Ethiopia’s military withdraws. A destroyed tank in Ethiopia’s Tigray region last month. Electricity and phone lines across the region remained down on Tuesday, a situation that had many wondering whether the Tigray region would remain cut off. A food distribution line at a school in Shire, in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, in March.
Persons: Ben Curtis, Abiy Ahmed, , Declan Walsh, Baz Ratner, Isaias Afwerki, Eduardo Soteras, Abiy, Mekelle, Abiy Adiy, Richard Pérez Organizations: Tigray Rebels, Regional Capital, Associated Press, Ethiopia’s Army, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Tigray Defense Forces, Mekelle . New York Times, DJIBOUTI Addis Ababa OROMIA, Ethiopian National Defense Forces, Refugees, Electricity, ., United Nations, International, Agence France, Tigrayan, International Crisis, United, Ethiopian Air Force Locations: Ethiopia, Mekelle, Tigray, Mekelle ., Ethiopia’s, ERITREA YEMEN SUDAN TIGRAY, DJIBOUTI Addis Ababa, DJIBOUTI Addis Ababa OROMIA ETHIOPIA SOMALIA KENYA, Eritrean, Shire, Ethiopia’s Tigray, Eritrea, United Nations, Adigrat
But on Tuesday, Tigrayan forces categorically ruled out a truce, with a spokesman for the region's ruling party saying their forces would not rest until the Ethiopian military and its allied forces had left the entire region. Witnesses in Mekelle told CNN Ethiopian soldiers were seen entering banks, media bureaus and the offices of humanitarian agencies before leaving the city on Monday. A UN official told CNN that the offices of the UNICEF and the World Food Program were raided by Ethiopian forces. Following the strike, Tigray's military spokesperson Gebre Gebretsadkan said that the TDF had downed an Ethiopian air force plane, as part of a renewed offensive against the Ethiopian military. Ethiopia's military spokesman denied that the plane had been shot down, blaming the crash on technical issues.
Persons: Tigrayan, Reda, Abiy, Abiy Ahmed, Mekelle, Henrieta Fore, Mahibere Dego, Gebre Gebretsadkan, Gebre, Biden Organizations: CNN, Rebel, Ethiopian, Tigray Defense Forces, Mekelle, UN, Ethiopian National Defense Forces, CNN Ethiopian, UNICEF, Food Program, European Union, The State Department, Eritrean, UN Security Council Locations: Tigray, Mekelle, Ethiopia's, Addis Ababa, Tigrayan, Mahibere, United States, Togoga, Ethiopia
Ethiopia declared a unilateral cease-fire in its eight-month war in the northern Tigray region on Monday, hours after separatist fighters entered the provincial capital in a blow to the government of Africa’s second-most populous nation. The capture of Mekelle, which also serves as the de facto capital for many humanitarian-aid agencies operating in the region, and the federal government’s declaration of a cease-fire, could mark a decisive shift in the conflict. The U.S. last month imposed sanctions on officials in Ethiopia, one of its key allies on the African continent, pointing to allegations of widespread atrocities against civilians in Tigray. It was unclear how the Tigrayan forces would respond to the cease-fire declared by the government of Ethiopia’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. There was also no immediate response from neighboring Eritrea, whose troops have been fighting alongside the Ethiopians and whose leader, Isaias Afwerki, has been a longtime opponent of the Tigrayan rebels.
Persons: Witnesses, Tigrayans, Abiy Ahmed, Isaias Afwerki Organizations: AK, Tigray Defense Forces, Ethiopian, U.S, Ethiopia’s Locations: Ethiopia, Tigray, Africa’s, Eritrea
(CNN) In a stunning about-turn in the devastating eight-month civil war in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region, the Ethiopian government declared an immediate and unilateral ceasefire after Tigrayan troops retook the regional capital Mekelle on Monday evening. Less than a week into the offensive by Tigrayan forces, the Ethiopian military had withdrawn from the capital, a UN official told CNN on Monday. Earlier on Monday, witnesses told CNN that Ethiopian soldiers were seen entering banks, media bureaus and the offices of humanitarian agencies. "This act violates UN privileges and immunities and the rules of International Humanitarian Law regarding respect for humanitarian relief objects." UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric joined in on the criticism of Ethiopian forces when asked by journalists at the United Nations in New York.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Getachew Reda, Reda, Henrietta Fore, Stephane Dujarric, Dujarric Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian, Tigray Defense Forces, Mekelle, UN, Ethiopian Government, Tigray Interim Government, International Organization for Migration, UNICEF, Food Program, Ethiopian National Defense Forces, United Nations, United Locations: Ethiopia's, Tigray, Mekelle, Getachew, Addis Ababa, Eritrea, Togoga, Mekele, Ethiopia, New York, United Nations
A screenshot from video obtained by CNN shows Ethiopian soldiers addressing families inside the UNHCR compound awaiting word of their loved ones. One man described hours of beatings by Eritrean and Ethiopian soldiers. A CNN team in the region in April was able to capture on camera Eritrean soldiers obstructing aid along this route. A State Department spokesperson told CNN the sanctions would be enforced as a "unilateral action" by the US. In one video Ethiopian soldiers can be seen addressing the parents inside the compound.
Persons: Wenfito, Yemane Ghebremeskel, Joe Biden, Catherine Sozi, Elisabeth Haslund, Antony Blinken Organizations: CNN, United States, Ethiopian, Eritrean, UN, United Nations, Refugees, UNHCR, MSF, Africa, Ethiopian National Defense Force, Amhara, CNN Eritrean, Ethiopian Prime, Office, Eritrean Minister, United, Sunday, State Department, US, Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Locations: Shire, Tigray, America, Guna, UNHCR, Ethiopia, Amhara, Eritrean, United States
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