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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
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
Ethiopia is at war with itself. Here's what you need to know
  + stars: | 2021-06-30 | by ( Eliza Mackintosh | ) edition.cnn.com + 0.00   time to read: +11 min
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
Ethiopia Declares Cease-Fire After Rebels Take Tigray Capital
  + stars: | 2021-06-28 | by ( Nicholas Bariyo | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
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
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
Opinion | The Anguish of the World’s Doctor
  + stars: | 2021-04-24 | by ( Nicholas Kristof | ) www.nytimes.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
I’ve known and admired Dr. Tedros for 15 years, but we have periodically tangled over his deference to dictators. I asked Dr. Tedros about that, but he didn’t want to discuss politics of any kind — including whether countries should pressure Ethiopia to stop the slaughter of Tigrayans. For almost three decades, people from Tigray dominated Ethiopia’s central government; Dr. Tedros became Ethiopia’s highly regarded health minister in that period, then foreign minister. In public, Dr. Tedros is focused on Covid-19 and has mostly kept quiet about atrocities in Tigray. Sinai School of Medicine who was an adviser to Dr. Tedros.
Persons: Tedros, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy reined, W.H.O, Donald Trump’s, Biden, , Annie Sparrow, Dr Organizations: Ethiopian, Sinai School of Medicine Locations: Ethiopia, Tigray, Abiy, United States, Tigrayans, Sudan, , Mt, Sinai
They stop at schools hurriedly turned into camps, disgorging families who describe fleeing from ethnic Amhara militia in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. “Obviously the land belongs to the Amhara region,” Gizachew Muluneh, spokesman for the Amhara regional administration, told Reuters. “They said you guys don’t belong here,” Ababu told Reuters in Shire, a town 160 km to the east, to where many from west Tigray are fleeing. They have remained ever since, and Amhara officials say they have taken back a swathe of territory that was historically theirs. The Norwegian Refugee Council said between 140,000-185,000 came from west Tigray over a two-week period in March.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Abiy Ahmed, Gizachew Muluneh, Ababu Negash, Adebay, Tigrayans, , ” Ababu, Tigray’s, Mulu Nega, , Yabsira Eshetie, Gizachew, Abiy, Antony Blinken, , Tewodros Aregai, Ababu, Mai Kadra, bludgeoned, Birhane Tadele, ” Birhane, Kibrom Organizations: REUTERS, Ethiopian, Reuters, Fighters, Amhara, ” Reuters, United Nations, Local, Humanitarian Affairs, Norwegian Refugee, Communications Locations: SHIRE, Ethiopia, Ethiopia’s Tigray, Mekelle, Tigray, Amhara, Shire, Tigray’s, Tigray . U.S, Mai, Adebay, Ethiopia’s, Rewasa, Humera, Mylomin
Ethiopians dying, hungry and fearful in war-hit Tigray: agencies
  + stars: | 2021-01-20 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopians in the war-scarred north are dying from lack of healthcare services, are suffering food and water shortages, and remain “terrified”, according to aid agencies finally accessing remoter parts of Tigray region. “Every time we reach a new area, we find food, water, health services depleted, and a lot of fear among the population. Many Tigrayans had relied on food aid even before the war, with locust plagues in early 2020 worsening their plight. The state-run Ethiopian Press Agency quoted the Tigray Water Resource Management Bureau as saying clean water was running short for many because of damaged infrastructure, looted offices, stolen equipment and an inoperative dam. The European Union last week suspended budget support for Ethiopia worth 88 million euros ($107 million) until aid groups had better access.
Persons: , Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Mari Carmen Vinoles, Vinoles, Tigrayans, Panos Navrozidis, AAH, Mulu, ” Berhane Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations, Frontieres, Reuters, MSF, United Nations ’, UNICEF, Health, Ethiopian Press Agency, Tigray Water Resource Management, Peace, European Union, Ethiopian Locations: NAIROBI, Tigray, Hamdayet, Sudan, Ethiopia, Mekelle, Adrigat, Axum, Adigrat, Shire, Central Tigray, AAH, hideouts, Berhane
Ethiopia's war-scarred Tigray region regains some services
  + stars: | 2020-12-14 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
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
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet attends a news conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, December 9, 2020. REUTERS/Denis BalibouseGENEVA (Reuters) - The situation in Ethiopia is “worrying and volatile” as fighting in the Tigray region continues amid reports of ethnic profiling of Tigrayans including in Addis Ababa, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said on Wednesday. “We have reports that particularly areas surrounding towns like Mekelle, Sherero, Axum, Abiy Addi, and the borders between the Amhara and Tigray regions, fighting continues between federal forces and the TPLF (Tigray People’s Liberation Front), and affiliated militias on both sides,” Bachelet told a news conference in Geneva. “There is an urgent need for independent monitoring of the human rights situation in the Tigray region, all necessary measures to protect civilians, and accountability for violations.”Reuters has been unable to verify claims by either side in the conflict since phone and internet connections to the Tigray region are down and access to the area is strictly controlled.
Persons: Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, Denis Balibouse GENEVA, , Abiy Addi, ” Bachelet, Organizations: Human Rights, United Nations, REUTERS, ” Reuters Locations: Geneva, Switzerland, Ethiopia, Tigray, Addis Ababa, U.N, Sherero, Axum, Amhara
Ethiopia's Abiy denies guerrilla war emerging in Tigray
  + stars: | 2020-12-07 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
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
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
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
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Saturday that military operations in the northern region of Tigray have been completed, shortly after he announced federal troops had seized full control of the regional capital Mekelle. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo“I am pleased to share that we have completed and ceased the military operations in the Tigray region,” he said in a tweet. Federal troops had taken control of “the airport, public institutions, the regional administration office and other critical facilities,” Abiy said. State television said federal forces were in full control of the city by 7 p.m. Abiy accuses Tigrayan leaders of starting the war by attacking federal troops at a base in Tigray.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, , ” Abiy, Tigrayan, Billene Seyoum, Debretsion Gebremichael, Mekelle, Billene, TPLF, ” Debretsion, Filippo Grandi, Dominic Raab Organizations: Ethiopian, Mekelle, Amhara Special Force, Dansha Mechanized, Military, REUTERS, Tiksa, Federal, Authorities, Northern Command, Reuters, Ethiopian National Defense Forces, Eritrean, United Nations, U.S, Embassy Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Danasha, Amhara, Ethiopia, Mekelle, Horn of Africa, Sudan, Eritrea, Addis Ababa, Asmara, British, Tigrayans
African envoys due to meet Ethiopian PM as war ultimatum expires
  + stars: | 2020-11-27 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
FILE PHOTO: Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed waits for the arrival of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen before their meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia December 7, 2019. The envoys were due to meet Abiy at 11 a.m. (0800 GMT), Redwan Hussein, spokesman of the government’s State of Emergency Task Force for the Tigray conflict, said. TRENCHESThere was no indication that the Ethiopian military had entered the city of Mekelle. “Warnings don’t absolve the Ethiopian military of the duty to protect civilians during military operations in urban areas,” Roth tweeted on Thursday. Abiy accuses Tigrayan leaders of starting the war by attacking federal troops at a base in Tigray three weeks ago.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Ursula von der Leyen, Redwan Hussein, Cyril Ramaphosa, Abiy, Ahmed Shide, , France24, Kenneth Roth, ” Roth, Tigrayan, Tigrayans Organizations: Ethiopian, Ethiopia's, REUTERS, Tiksa, United Nations, Abiy, Emergency, Force, Reuters, Finance, Human Rights Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Mekelle, government’s, South, Eritrea, Horn of Africa, Sudan
NAIROBI/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s political slogan is “medemer” - or “coming together”. But some analysts say reforms meant to unify Ethiopia have inflamed simmering ethnic and political divisions and risk unravelling Africa’s second most populous nation. The TPLF frames the conflict as a battle for the rights of Ethiopia’s 10 regions against a premier bent on centralising power. They say Abiy has discriminated against Tigrayans since he came to power and have referred to his rule as an “illegal, unitarist and personalistic dictatorship”. The TPLF has fired missiles at its capital Asmara and says Eritrea is now fighting alongside Ethiopian troops in Tigray, which Ethiopia denies.
Persons: Abiy, unravelling, Abiy Ahmed Ali, NTB Scanpix, Hakon Mosvold Larsen, , militants.Leenco Lata, he’s, Tigrayan, Zemelak, TPLF, , Isaias Afwerki, Billene, Alex de Waal Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, Tigrayans, African Union, Western, Addis Ababa University, Reuters, Tufts University, Federation Locations: NAIROBI, ISTANBUL, Ethiopia, Oslo City Hall, Norway, Tigray, Eritrea, Somalia, South Sudan, North Korea, Abiy, Asmara, TPLF, Dansha
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - The Ethiopian military will begin the “final phase” of an offensive in the rebellious northern Tigray region, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Thursday, hours after an ultimatum for Tigray forces to surrender expired. FILE PHOTO: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks during a media conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, October 29, 2018. Abiy’s office said authorities had begun distributing aid in areas under the control of the federal government in the Tigray region. African envoys went to Ethiopia to plead for peace on Wednesday, hours before the ultimatum was to expire. “We are also concerned by reports that the TPLF has deployed its forces in heavily populated areas.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Michel Euler, ” Abiy, TPLF, NOBEL, Abiy, Tigrayans, Tigrayan, Daniel Bekele Organizations: Ethiopian, Reuters, Ministry of Peace, National Defence Forces, Ethiopian Human Rights, Rights Watch Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Paris, France, Mekelle, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan
President-elect Joe Biden's pick for national security adviser warned Wednesday about the risk of war crimes in Ethiopia, where government forces are surrounding a city governed by rebellious regional leaders in what's threatening to spiral into civil war. In one of his first tweets after being named, Jake Sullivan warned about "the risk of violence against civilians, including potential war crimes" in the East African country. I'm deeply concerned about the risk of violence against civilians, including potential war crimes, in the fighting around Mekelle in Ethiopia. Marwan Ali / APThe TPLF regional leader Debretsion Gebremichael told Reuters his fighters were "ready to die in defense of our right to administer our region." Sullivan isn't the first to warn about possible war crimes.
Persons: Joe Biden's, Jake Sullivan, I'm, — Jake Sullivan, Abiy Ahmed, Mike Pompeo, Pompeo, Donald Trump, rancor, Ahmed, Abiy, Tigrayans, Dejene Tsegaye, Marwan Ali, Debretsion Gebremichael, Sullivan isn't, Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, Ethiopia's Organizations: African Union, Aid, Democratic, NBC News, Associated Press, Communications, Amnesty, United Nations, Human Rights, Reuters Locations: Ethiopia, East, Mekelle, Tigray, Sudan, Egypt, Eritrea, Mekele, Qadarif
Some 42,000 refugees have fled over the border to Sudan and TPLF rockets have hit neighbouring Eritrea. Tigrayan forces have fired rockets at the airport of Eritrea’s capital Asmara, while Ethiopian soldiers have been pulled from peacekeeping missions in Somalia and South Sudan. The U.N. mission in South Sudan said it was aware of the three soldiers’ repatriation. Although Ethiopia is ultimately responsible for the conduct and movement of its 2,000 troops in South Sudan, the statement said, discrimination due to ethnicity could violate international law. Ethiopia has described the Tigray fighting as an internal law enforcement matter.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Abiy, , Joaquim Chissano, Ellen Johnson, Kgalema, Joe Biden’s, Jake Sullivan, “ I’m, al, ” Billene Seyoum, Mai Kadra, Tigrayans, of Sheba, Grant Harris Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, Maxar Technologies, Union, United Nations Security, Ethiopian, Covenant, National Security Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Ethiopia, Tigray, Sudan, Kassala state, Mekelle, Eritrea, Amhara, Dansha, Adwa, Mozambique, Liberia, South Africa, Addis Ababa, Africa, Eritrea’s, Asmara, Somalia, South Sudan, al Qaeda, Ethiopia’s, Mai, Axum, Barack Obama’s
The commission accused local forces of colluding in the “massacre”. The war has spread to Eritrea, where the Tigrayans have fired rockets, and also affected Somalia where Ethiopia has disarmed several hundred Tigrayans in a peacekeeping force fighting al Qaeda-linked militants. ‘TRAGIC CONFLICT’The battle-hardened TPLF, which had ruled the region of more than 5 million people, gave a different version, saying their troops were keeping federal forces at bay and scoring victories. Abiy, whose parents are from the larger Oromo and Amhara groups, denies any ethnic overtones to his offensive, saying he is pursuing criminals who ambushed federal forces. On the other side you have had the TPLF leadership say they are ready to die,” said Michelle Bachelet.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Abiy Ahmed’s, al, Getachew Reda, Billene Seyoum, Debretsion Gebremichael, Abiy, Hailemariam Desalegn, , , Michelle Bachelet Organizations: REUTERS, Human Rights, Amnesty, Reuters, Washington, African Union, . Security Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, Mai Kadra, Amhara, colluding, Eritrea, Somalia, al Qaeda, Raya, United States, France, Britain, Paris, London, Geneva,
The conflict has spread beyond Tigray, with the TPLF firing rockets into both neighbouring Amhara region and across the border to Eritrea. HERITAGE TOWNThe broadcaster Fana said TPLF troops had destroyed the airport at Axum, which lies northwest of Mekelle and is a popular tourist draw and UNESCO World Heritage site. The TPLF says Abiy has “invaded” their region to dominate them and is inflicting “merciless” damage on Tigrayans. “We are people of principle and are ready to die in defence of our right to administer our region,” TPLF leader Debretsion added in a text message to Reuters. In Amhara region, next to Tigray, residents reported a rocket strike around dawn on Monday.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Abiy Ahmed, Debretsion Gebremichael, Fana, TPLF, of Sheba, Catherine Sozi, Abiy, , Debretsion Organizations: Forces of, Ethiopian, REUTERS, Reuters, United Nations, UNESCO, Communist, Addis Ababa University, United Arab Emirates, UAE Locations: NAIROBI, Tigray, Axum, Sudan, Ethiopia, Hamdayet, Kassala, Mekelle, Amhara, Eritrea, Africa, Europe, , Bahir Dar,
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