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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
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,
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s army plans to surround the rebel-held capital of Tigray region with tanks and may use artillery on the city to try to end a nearly three-week war, a military spokesman said on Sunday, urging civilians to save themselves. FILE PHOTO: An Ethiopian woman who fled war in Tigray region, receives treatment at the Fashaga camp on the Sudan-Ethiopia border in Al-Qadarif state, Sudan November 20, 2020. They (are) sending waves after waves but to no avail.”Reuters could not verify the latest statements on the war. The rebels say his government has marginalised and persecuted Tigrayans since taking office two years ago. The Nobel Peace Prize committee urged peace after his offensive against the Tigrayan leaders began.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Abiy, , Dejene Tsegaye, Debretsion Gebremichael, , Tigrayans, Redwan Hussein Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation, Reuters, International Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, Al, Amhara, Eritrea, Africa, Europe, Mekelle, Adigrat, Dansha
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Advancing Ethiopian troops plan to surround the Tigray region’s rebel-held capital with tanks and may shell the city to force surrender, a military spokesman said on Sunday, urging civilians to save themselves. FILE PHOTO: An Ethiopian woman who fled war in Tigray region, receives treatment at the Fashaga camp on the Sudan-Ethiopia border in Al-Qadarif state, Sudan November 20, 2020. ‘NO MERCY’Slideshow ( 4 images )“The next phases are the decisive part of the operation, which is to encircle Mekelle using tanks,” military spokesman Colonel Dejene Tsegaye told state-run Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation. Redwan Hussein, spokesman for the government’s taskforce on Tigray, said there was still time for TPLF leaders to surrender. The taskforce added that the army had also taken the small town of Idaga Hamus on the road from Adigrat to Mekelle.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Abiy, , Dejene Tsegaye, , Debretsion Gebremichael, ” Abiy, Redwan Hussein, , Redwan Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, Reuters, Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, Al, Amhara, Eritrea, Mekelle, Adigrat, Dansha, Oslo, Idaga
'Save yourselves,' Ethiopia tells Tigrayans as it moves on rebel-held capital
  + stars: | 2020-11-22 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
Ethiopians gather to show their support to federal government forces fighting against the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) at Abebe Bikila Stadium in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on November 17, 2020. Ethiopia's army plans to surround the rebel-held capital of Tigray region with tanks and may use artillery on the city to try to end a nearly three-week war, a military spokesman said on Sunday, urging civilians to save themselves. The Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which is refusing to surrender its rule of the northern region, said its forces were digging trenches and standing firm. "The next phases are the decisive part of the operation, which is to encircle Mekelle using tanks," military spokesman Colonel Dejene Tsegaye told Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation. "We want to send a message to the public in Mekelle to save yourselves from any artillery attacks and free yourselves from the junta ... After that, there will be no mercy."
Persons: Abiy, Dejene Tsegaye Organizations: Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation Locations: Tigray, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Sudan, Amhara, Eritrea, Africa, Europe, Mekelle
Ethiopia pushes toward Tigray capital, rebuffs African mediation
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
NAIROBI/ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia said on Saturday its forces had seized another town in their advance on the capital of northern Tigray region and rebuffed an African Union (AU) push to mediate in the war with rebel forces in the region. An overview of Dansha airport and destroyed buildings in Dansha, Ethiopia, is seen in this satellite image taken November 18, 2020 and supplied by Maxar Technologies. The conflict has spread beyond Tigray, whose forces have fired rockets at the neighbouring Amhara region and the nation of Eritrea, spurring concern of a wider war. There was no immediate response from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) rebels who have promised “hell” for the advancing federal troops. Abiy denies that, saying he is seeking only to restore law and order and preserve the unity of Ethiopia and its 115 million people.
Persons: Abiy, Adigrat, TPLF, Joaquim Chissano, Ellen Johnson, Kgalema, Tigrayans Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, African Union, Maxar Technologies, REUTERS, , Federal Government, United Nations, U.S Locations: NAIROBI, ADDIS, Ethiopia, Tigray, Dansha, Sudan, Amhara, Eritrea, Mekelle, Mozambique, Liberia, South Africa
NAIROBI/ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The Ethiopian government rebuffed an African effort to mediate on Saturday, saying its troops had seized another town in their march towards the rebel-held capital of northern Tigray region. Hundreds, possibly thousands, have died and more than 30,000 refugees have fled to Sudan since the conflict erupted on Nov. 4. The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) rebels said nine civilians had died among heavy casualties in artillery hits on Adigrat. Eritrea denies TPLF allegations it has sent soldiers over the border to back Abiy’s offensive against the Tigrayan forces, who are also an old foe of Eritrea’s. “We will do all that is necessary to ensure stability prevails in the Tigray region and that our citizens are free from harm and want,” the prime minister tweeted on Saturday.
Persons: Abiy, Adigrat, Joaquim Chissano, Ellen Johnson, Kgalema, Tigrayans, , Jens Hesemann Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Ethiopian, African Union, Federal Government, Maxar Technologies, United Nations, UNHCR Locations: NAIROBI, ADDIS, Tigray, Mekelle, Sudan, Amhara, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Liberia, South Africa, Dansha
NAIROBI/ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The Ethiopian government rebuffed an African effort to mediate on Saturday, saying its troops had seized another town in their march towards the rebel-held capital of northern Tigray region. Hundreds, possibly thousands, have died and more than 30,000 refugees have fled to Sudan since the conflict erupted on Nov. 4. The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) rebels said nine civilians had died among heavy casualties in artillery hits on Adigrat. Eritrea denies TPLF allegations it has sent soldiers over the border to back Abiy’s offensive against the Tigrayan forces, who are also an old foe of Eritrea’s. “We will do all that is necessary to ensure stability prevails in the Tigray region and that our citizens are free from harm and want,” the prime minister tweeted on Saturday.
Persons: Abiy, Adigrat, Joaquim Chissano, Ellen Johnson, Kgalema, Tigrayans, , Jens Hesemann, jerry Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Ethiopian, African Union, Federal Government, Maxar Technologies, United Nations, UNHCR Locations: NAIROBI, ADDIS, Tigray, Mekelle, Sudan, Amhara, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Liberia, South Africa, Dansha, Hamdayet
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Rebel forces from Ethiopia’s Tigray region fired rockets on Friday at the distant capital of the neighbouring Amhara region, Amhara authorities said, raising worries the conflict could spill into a wider war. Tigrayan refugees have told Reuters the Amhara militia is fighting on the government side, and the two regions have a border dispute. The conflict erupted two weeks ago after what the government called a TPLF attack on army forces stationed in the region. Tigray forces accused the government of bombing a university in the Tigray capital Mekelle on Thursday. A week ago, Tigray forces fired rockets at two airports in Amhara.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Abiy Ahmed, Bahir, Bahir Dar, ” U.N, agency’s, Axel Bisschop, Abdullah Fadil, , Abiy, Tigrayans Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Ethiopian, REUTERS, United Nations, Amhara, Amnesty, Refugees, Communist Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia’s Tigray, Amhara, Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, Al, Bahir Dar, , Bahir, UNHCR, Geneva, Mekelle, Eritrea, Africa
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Mekelle, a city nestled in the arid, mountainous Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, is steeped in the lore of its guerrilla fighters, who marched in sandals to Addis Ababa to topple a Communist dictatorship in 1991. FILE PHOTO: A plane flies next to Tigray Martyrs monument during the funeral ceremony of Ethiopia's Army Chief of Staff Seare Mekonnen in Mekele, Tigray Region, Ethiopia June 26, 2019. It was to be followed by an even worse 1998-2000 war against the neighbouring nation of Eritrea over a border dispute. On Thursday, Tigray forces accused the government of bombing a university in Mekelle. The TPLF is celebrated in Mekelle as liberators and war heroes, and billboards keep decades-old memories fresh.
Persons: Staff Seare Mekonnen, Tigrayans, Ahmed Abiy, Addis, Abiy, , Mulu Nega, Mekelle, , ” Mulu Organizations: Ethiopia's Army, Staff, REUTERS, Tiksa, Reuters, Liberation, Journalists Locations: ISTANBUL, Tigray, Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Mekele, Tigray Region, Eritrea, Mekelle
Ethiopia moves on Tigray capital, denounces WHO boss Tedros
  + stars: | 2020-11-19 | by ( Giulia Paravicini | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
The government says the TPLF has turned renegade and is holding power in Tigray illegally. Experts on Ethiopia are sceptical that the government can dislodge the TPLF, which has a long history of guerrilla warfare from mountainous Tigray. “Mr Abiy’s declared war aim is to impose federal control on Tigray,” Ethiopia expert Alex de Waal wrote this week. The TPLF has fired rockets at Eritrea, while Ethiopia has removed weapons from ethnic Tigrayan soldiers in its peacekeeping contingent in Somalia. In the capital Addis Ababa, there have been blood donations for federal soldiers, but also sadness about Ethiopians fighting each other.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Joe Biden’s, Redwan Hussein, , Abiy, Mulu Nega, Debretsion Gebremichael, Mekelle, Abiy’s, Tedros Adhanom, Birhanu Jula, Bihanu, , Antony Blinken, Mr Abiy’s, Alex de Waal Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, World Health Organization, WHO, Ethiopian Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia, Tigray, Sudan, Horn of Africa, U.S, Mekelle, Tigrayans, Shire, Axum, Alamata, Amhara, South Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea, Addis Ababa
Ethiopia moves on Tigray capital, castigates WHO boss Tedros
  + stars: | 2020-11-19 | by ( Giulia Paravicini | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
The government says the TPLF has turned renegade and is holding power in Tigray illegally. Experts on Ethiopia are sceptical that the government can dislodge the TPLF, which has a long history of guerrilla warfare from mountainous Tigray. “Mr Abiy’s declared war aim is to impose federal control on Tigray,” Ethiopia expert Alex de Waal wrote this week. The TPLF has fired rockets at Eritrea, while Ethiopia has removed weapons from ethnic Tigrayan soldiers in its peacekeeping contingent in Somalia. In the capital Addis Ababa, there have been blood donations for federal soldiers, but also sadness about Ethiopians fighting each other.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Joe Biden’s, Redwan Hussein, , Abiy, Mulu Nega, Tigrayans, Abiy’s, Tedros Adhanom, Birhanu Jula, Bihanu, , Antony Blinken, Mr Abiy’s, Alex de Waal Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, World Health Organization, WHO, Meles Academy University, Ethiopian Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia, Tigray, Sudan, Mekelle, Horn of Africa, U.S, Tigrayans, Shire, Axum, Alamata, Amhara, South Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea, Addis Ababa
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopia said on Wednesday peacekeepers from its Tigray region serving in Somalia had been disarmed over a security issue, raising concerns over the forces’ ability to fight al Qaeda-linked militants. Diplomatic and security sources said earlier that between 200 and 300 Tigrayans had had their weapons removed. Earlier, four diplomatic and security sources told Reuters those disarmed included bilateral and AU troops. Ethiopia had also withdrawn a small number of troops stationed in Somalia bilaterally, three sources told Reuters, but had decided against large-scale withdrawals. Last week, a spokesman for the taskforce said the offensive in Tigray would not lead Ethiopia to withdraw peacekeepers abroad.
Persons: al, Tigrayans, Donald Trump, can’t, , Mebratu, Trump, Al Shabaab Organizations: African Union, Reuters, State, Emergency, AU Locations: NAIROBI, Ethiopia, Tigray, Somalia, al Qaeda, Horn of Africa, U.S, Somali, al, Al, Kenya
Ethiopia faces 'hell' in battle for Tigray, say rebels
  + stars: | 2020-11-18 | by ( Giulia Paravicini | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
World Food Program/Handout via REUTERS“Tigray is now a hell to its enemies,” they said in a statement on the two-week offensive against them. In a lengthy statement, the Tigrayan leaders accused federal forces of targeting civilians, churches and homes, while blocking internet, electricity and banking services. Nevertheless, Tigrayan forces had captured tanks and artillery and would soon drive their enemies out despite being massively outnumbered, it added. “The wider world will soon testify the amazing victories achieved by the people and government of Tigray,” the Tigrayan statement added. “We have shifted our defence line and as a result they get into some towns of South Tigray,” he added.
Persons: , Abiy, ” Tigrayans, Aiby, Debretsion Gebremichael Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, World Food, Food, REUTERS, Eritrea Locations: ADDIS, Tigray, of Africa, Hamdait, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kassala, Mekelle, Eritrea, Abiy, Amhara, South Tigray, , Africa
War crimes feared in Ethiopia's Tigray conflict
  + stars: | 2020-11-13 | by ( Story Reuters | ) edition.cnn.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
The 10-day conflict in Tigray region has killed hundreds, sent refugees flooding into Sudan , and raised fears it may draw in Eritrea or pressure Ethiopia's commitment to an African force opposing al Qaeda-linked militants in Somalia. Abiy accuses the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which rules the mountainous region of more than five million people, of treason and terrorism. Members of Amhara region militias as they head to face the Tigray People's Liberation Front, in Sanja, Amhara region. The local police chief told them of "the order of identifying ethnic Tigrayans from all government agencies and NGOs," it said. Nearly 4,400 Ethiopian troops serve in the AU's Somalia peacekeeping force.
Persons: al, Abiy Ahmed, Michelle Bachelet, Abiy, Tigrayans, Hayali Kassi, Mulu Nega, Debretsion Gebremichael, Mulu, Moussa Faki Mahamat, Horn, Rashid Abdi, Gebreegziabher, Debretsion, Redwan Hussein Organizations: Ethiopian, United Nations, Amnesty International, Refugees, Addis Ababa, Twente University, News, African Union, Reuters, African Union Commission, UN, Food, Rights, Amnesty, Northern Command, Emergency, Force Locations: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Africa, Tigray, Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia, Sanja, Amhara, Al, Addis, Netherlands, Horn of Africa, Africa's, Sudanese, Darfur
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Nine million people risk displacement from the escalating conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, the United Nations said, warning that the federal government’s declaration of a state of emergency was blocking food and other aid. Clashes between federal troops and Tigrayan forces had broken out in eight locations in the region, according to the report. The federal military’s biggest command, and the majority of its heavy weapons, are stationed in Tigray. The escalation of the conflict would also kill remaining hope for the democratic reforms Abiy has promised, the statement read. But Abiy is not listening to requests for mediation, diplomats and security officials in the region have told Reuters.
Persons: George, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Tigrayans, , Antonio Guterres, , Moussa Faki Mahamat, Hamdok, Ethiopia’s Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, United Nations, REUTERS, Tiksa, Humanitarian Affairs, Sunday, Twitter, U.S . Institute of Peace, U.N, African Union Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia’s Tigray, Bahir Dar, Amhara Region, Ethiopia, Tiksa Negeri, Tigray, Amhara, Gondar, East Africa, Eritrea, Africa
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