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Ethiopia's Tigray forces' leader denies regional capital circled
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | 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, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File PhotoNAIROBI (Reuters) - The leader of Ethiopia’s Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) denied on Monday that federal troops had surrounded the regional capital Mekelle at a distance of about 50 km (31) as the government had said. “There is no such encirclement so far,” Debretsion Gebremichael told Reuters by text of the statements from a spokesman for a special Tigray taskforce set up by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government. Reuters could not independently verify either version. Claims by all sides are hard to confirm because phone and internet communication has been down while media are largely barred from the region in north Ethiopia.
Persons: Staff Seare Mekonnen, Debretsion Gebremichael, Abiy Organizations: Tigray Regional President, Ethiopia's Army, Staff, REUTERS, Tiksa, Reuters Locations: Tigray, Mekele, Tigray Region, Ethiopia, NAIROBI, Mekelle
REUTERS/Tiksa NegeriADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopian forces have taken the town of Idaga Hamus, 97 km (60 miles) from the rebel-held Tigray capital Mekelle, a government taskforce said on Sunday. “Our defence force took control of Idaga Hamus town which is located on the road from Adigrat to Mekelle. The Defence force is advancing to capture Mekelle, which is the final goal of the operation,” the taskforce said in a tweet. Claims by all sides are hard to verify because phone and internet communication has been down since fighting began on Nov. 4. Tigray forces were not immediately available for comment.
Persons: Redwan Hussein, Mulu Nega, Idaga Hamus Organizations: State, Foreign Affairs, Provisional, of Tigray National Regional State, REUTERS, Tiksa, Tiksa Negeri ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Ethiopian, Defence Locations: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tiksa Negeri ADDIS, Idaga, Tigray, Mekelle, Hamus, Adigrat
Tigray rebels say nine civilians killed in Ethiopian attack
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: Members of the Amhara Special Force return to the Dansha Mechanized 5th division Military base after fighting against the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), in Danasha, Amhara region near a border with Tigray, Ethiopia November 9, 2020. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File PhotoADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Rebels in north Ethiopia said on Saturday that nine people had died among heavy civilian casualties during an assault by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s federal troops on the town of Adigrat. Reuters could not verify their statement on Friday’s events in Adigrat, 116 km (72 miles) north of regional capital Mekelle. The government and military could not immediately be reached for comment, but have previously denied targeting civilians.
Persons: ADDIS, Abiy Organizations: Amhara Special Force, Dansha Mechanized, Military, REUTERS, Tiksa, Reuters, Rebels Locations: Tigray, Danasha, Amhara, Ethiopia, Adigrat, Mekelle
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
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Forces from Ethiopia’s rebel 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. FILE PHOTO: Members of Amhara region militias ride on their truck as they head to face the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), in Sanja, Amhara region near a border with Tigray, Ethiopia November 9, 2020. Bahir Dar, the lakeside Amhara regional capital, is located hundreds of miles from the fighting in Tigray. A week ago, Tigray forces fired rockets at two airports in Amhara. Tigray forces accused the government of bombing a university in the Tigray capital of Mekelle on Thursday.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Bahir Dar, Abiy Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Forces, REUTERS, Tiksa, Amhara, Amnesty, Refugees, Communist Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia’s, Tigray, Amhara, Sanja, Ethiopia, Bahir Dar, , Bahir, Eritrea, Sudan, Tigrayan, Mekelle, Africa
Ethiopian government forces are fighting their way towards Mekelle, the Tigrayan capital, from several directions. In the north, Ethiopian troops took the towns of Axum and Adwa, a government statement said. Tigrayan forces were not available for comment but in a televised address, spokesman Getachew Reda said their fighters have inflicted “increasing causalties” in Raya, to the south of Mekelle. FILE PHOTO: Members of Amhara region militias ride on their truck as they head to face the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), in Sanja, Amhara region near a border with Tigray, Ethiopia November 9, 2020. On Thursday, Tigray forces accused the government of bombing a university in the Tigray capital Mekelle.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Getachew Reda, , Bahir, queued, Yohannes Gor, , Axel Bisschop, Abdullah Fadil, Abiy Organizations: UM RAKUBA, Reuters, Government, United Nations, Ethiopian, REUTERS, Tiksa, UNHCR, Rights, Amnesty Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Sudan, Ethiopia’s, Tigray, Dar, Asmara, Mekelle, Axum, Adwa, Adigrat, Raya, Mehoni, Zalambessa, Bahir Dar, Amhara, Sanja, Ethiopian, Humera, Geneva, , Eritrea
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s government on Thursday said rebels have committed “serious crimes” after conflict broke out this month in the northern Tigray region, as U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s foreign policy adviser called for greater protection of civilians. The Ethiopian government statement referenced reports of ethnic killings in the town of Mai Kadra, documented by human rights group Amnesty International this week. There was no immediate response from the leadership of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which is leading the rebellion. The TPLF and Ethiopian authorities should take urgent steps to end the conflict, enable humanitarian access, and protect civilians,” he tweeted. Tigray civilians in Sudan last week told Reuters that they were targeted by government-affiliated militia because of their ethnicity.
Persons: Joe Biden’s, Abiy Ahmed, Mai Kadra, Antony Blinken, Joe Biden, , Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, REUTERS, Tiksa, Amnesty, Tigray, Ethiopian Locations: ADDIS, Tigray, Ethiopia's Amhara, Sanja, Amhara, Ethiopia, Sudan, Mai, Mekelle, Eritrea
Biden team anxious over escalating war in U.S. ally Ethiopia
  + stars: | 2020-11-19 | by ( Giulia Paravicini | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
Ethiopia is a federation of states run by separate ethnic groups, and the war pits the central government against one of the most heavily militarised regions. The northern Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) effectively ruled Ethiopia for decades as the strongest force in a multi-ethnic coalition, until Abiy took power two years ago. The country is a major U.S. ally whose soldiers serve in peacekeeping missions in South Sudan and Somalia. Tigray civilians in Sudan last week told Reuters that they were targeted by government-affiliated militia because of their ethnicity. He denies any targeting of civilians or ethnic undertones to the Tigray offensive, saying it is a law-and-order operation necessary to maintain unity.
Persons: Joe Biden’s, , Antony Blinken, Abiy Ahmen, Abiy, Biden, Donald Trump’s “, Tigrayan, “ Shire, ” Debretsion Gebremichael, Mai Kadra Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Amhara Special Force, Dansha Mechanized, Military, REUTERS, Tiksa, U.S, Amnesty, Ethiopian Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia, of Africa, Tigray, Danasha, Amhara, Sudan, U.S, South Sudan, Somalia, Africa, Axum, Mekelle, , Mai, Ethiopian, Eritrea
Stop Ethiopia war and help civilians, Biden team urges
  + stars: | 2020-11-19 | by ( Giulia Paravicini | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
Africa’s second most populous nation with 115 million people, Ethiopia is a federation of 10 states run by separate ethnic groups. Ethiopia is a major U.S. ally whose soldiers serve in peacekeeping missions in South Sudan and Somalia. On the ground, the TPLF leader said his soldiers still held the important town of Axum, though they had lost Shire as federal troops aimed for the state capital Mekelle. Survivors told the rights group that militias affiliated to the Tigray government killed scores or even hundreds of civilians. In Somalia, Ethiopia has removed weapons from ethnic Tigrayan soldiers in its peacekeeping contingent.
Persons: Joe Biden’s, Abiy Ahmed, Africa’s, , , Antony Blinken, Biden, Abiy, Mai Kadra, TPLF, Adhanom, Nobel Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Amhara Special Force, Dansha Mechanized, Military, REUTERS, Tiksa, Mekelle, Amnesty International, World Health Organization, WHO Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia, Tigray, Danasha, Amhara, Sudan, U.S, South Sudan, Somalia, Africa, Axum, Mai, Mekelle, Ethiopia’s, Eritrea
Ethiopia says its troops marching on Tigrayan capital
  + stars: | 2020-11-17 | by ( Giulia Paravicini | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia said its troops were marching on the capital of the Tigray region on Tuesday after a deadline for rebel forces to surrender passed in a two-week conflict shaking the Horn of Africa and alarming the world. “The TPLF junta will soon be held accountable for destroying this infrastructure and for crimes it has committed so far.”There was no immediate TPLF comment on the accusations. Federal forces had also destroyed TPLF military bases in both areas and were now heading towards Mekelle, the statement said. After Amnesty International reported a massacre of scores of labourers, where it cited witnesses blaming TPLF forces, the United Nations human rights chief said war crimes may have been committed. Diplomats described a growing push for negotiations, but Ethiopia said it was simply explaining an internal conflict to outsiders.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Fitawrari Million, , Babar Baloch, Mark Lowcock, , , , Debretsion Gebremichael, TPLF, Abiy Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, , Eritrean, Ethiopian, Fitawrari, United Nations, Refugees, Ethiopian National Defense Force, REUTERS, Tiksa, Humanitarian Affairs, Emergency, , Federal, Amnesty International, Governments, Diplomats Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia, Tigray, of Africa, Mekelle, Shire, Axum, Eritrea, Asmara, Sudan, Addis Ababa, UNHCR, Sanja, Amhara, U.N, United, , Alamata, Europe, Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Nigerian
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Two airports in Ethiopia’s Amhara state which neighbours Tigray where federal troops are fighting local forces were targeted by rocket fire late on Friday, the government said, as an 11-day conflict widened. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri//File PhotoThe airport in Gondar in Amhara state, which neighbours Tigray, was hit on Friday, while another rocket aimed at the Bahir Dar airport missed the target, the government said. Abiy sent the national defence force on an offensive against local troops in Tigray last week, after accusing them of attacking federal troops. An Ethiopian Airlines worker who did not wish to be identified said flights to both Gondar and Bahir Dar airports had been cancelled after the attacks. The Tigray state government denied involvement in the reported killings.
Persons: Abiy, Getachew, Worku, Yohannes Ayele, Africa’s, Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, REUTERS, Tiksa, Tigray Defence Forces, Bahir Dar, Ethiopian, Twitter, Tigray’s, Ethiopian Airlines, United Nations, African, Rights Commission, Amnesty Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia’s Amhara, Tigray, Sanja, Amhara, Ethiopia, Gondar, Bahir Dar, Bahir, Azezo, African Union, Africa, Sudan, Mai Kadra
Several thousand fleeing conflict in Ethiopia to Sudan: official
  + stars: | 2020-11-10 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: 1 min
A woman carries a backpack as she walks near rickshaws in Dansha town in Tigray Region, Ethiopia November 9, 2020. REUTERS/Tiksa NegeriKHARTOUM (Reuters) - About 2,500 Ethiopians are known to have crossed the border into Sudan over the past two days as they flee fighting in their home country, an official in Sudan’s eastern Kassala state said on Tuesday. “The number is increasing around the clock,” said Alsir Khaled, an official from the state’s refugee commission. “These people need shelter and medical treatment and food and there is a great shortage.”“If the conflict continues we expect an increase in the flow of refugees,” Khaled said.
Persons: , Alsir Khaled, ” Khaled Organizations: REUTERS, Tiksa Negeri, Reuters Locations: Dansha, Tigray Region, Ethiopia, Tiksa Negeri KHARTOUM, Sudan, Kassala
FILE PHOTO: Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed attends a signing ceremony with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia December 7, 2019. The Ethiopian Press Agency posted photos that it said showed federal soldiers, backed by forces from the neighbouring Amhara region, at the airport. There was no immediate response from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which governs the state of more than 9 million people. Military and security sources in Amhara, on the side of the federal troops, have spoken of 500 deaths on the Tigrayan side and hundreds also from the national military. “There is no rebuffing of anyone by the prime minister.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Ursula von der, Debretsion Gebremichael, Isaias Afwerki, Osman Saleh Mohammed, , Moussa Faki Mahamat, Abiy’s, Billene Seyoum, Abiy, Mengistu Haile Mariam, , ” Abiy Organizations: African Union, Ethiopia's, European, REUTERS, Tiksa, Ethiopian Press Agency, Foreign, Tuesday, Reuters, AU Locations: NAIROBI, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Addis Ababa, Humera, Sudan, Fana, Amhara, Tigray, Africa
FILE PHOTO: Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed poses for a photograph during the opening of the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and the Government of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 9, 2020. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File PhotoADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has replaced his foreign affairs minister, the head of intelligence and the army chief, his office said on Sunday. No reason was given for the changes, which came several days after he ordered a military campaign in the Tigray region.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, ADDIS Organizations: Ethiopia's, Government, African Union, REUTERS, Tiksa, Reuters, Ethiopian Locations: State, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tigray
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
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopian jets bombed the Tigray region on Friday and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed pledged more air strikes in the escalating conflict amid reports that Tigrayan forces had seized control of federal military sites and weapons. A simmering row between Abiy’s federal government and his former Tigrayan allies exploded on Wednesday after Abiy ordered a military campaign. Abiy, who won last year’s Nobel Peace Prize, accused the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), of attacking a federal military base and trying to steal equipment. “A decision has been passed to remove the current executive body and council of (Tigray) region,” Ethiopia’s House of Federation said in a statement on its Facebook page. The government cut phone and internet communications to the region, according to the digital rights group Access Now, making it impossible to verify official accounts.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Ursula von der, Abiy, Tigrayans, Al Shabaab Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Ethiopian, Ethiopia's, European, REUTERS, Tiksa, Saturday, Federation, Diplomats, International, Group, Northern Command, United, Amnesty International Locations: ADDIS, Tigray, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Africa, Amhara, Sudan, Eritrea, Dansha, Mekelle, United Nations, Djibouti, Somalia
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