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Ethiopia ends military operation in Tigray after capture of capital

– Advertisement – Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said that federal forces have ended military operations in the Tigray region after the capture of the capital, Mekele. He said “Our focus now will be on rebuilding the region and providing humanitarian assistance while Federal Police apprehend the TPLF clique.” Federal forces have been battling rebels in Mekele for weeks leading to a deepening conflict in the Tigray region. The conflict has forced thousands to flee the region for safety, sparking a humanitarian crisis. Abiy Ahmed’s claims on Saturday of…

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Ethiopian offensive on Tigray capital has begun

– Advertisement – Ethiopian military forces have reportedly started their planned offensive on rebels in the Tigray region. Reuters reported that the leader of rebellious forces said on Saturday that Ethiopian government forces had began the offensive to capture the regional capital, Mekelle. Debretsion Gebremichael, leader of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) was quoted by Reuters as saying that Mekelle was under “heavy bombardment”. Reuters said that confirmation was given in a text message from Gebremicheal. Meanwhile Billene Seyoum, a spokeswoman for the Prime Minister’s office, has said that…

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Ethiopia PM meets AU envoys over Tigray crisis

– Advertisement – Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has met the African Union mission trying to resolve the current crisis in the Tigray region. The envoys have been to Addis Ababa hoping to mediate between Ahmed’s government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) as conflict surges. The Ethiopian Prime Minister earlier rejected what he called international interference in resolving the crisis in the Tigray region. Ahmed in a statement said the international community should “standby until the government of Ethiopia submits its request for assistance”. UN Secretary General António…

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Ethiopia PM rejects foreign interference in Tigray crisis

– Advertisement – Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has rejected what he calls international interference in resolving the current crisis in the country’s Tigray region. Ahmed in a statement said the international community should “standby until the government of Ethiopia submits its request for assistance”. UN Secretary General António Guterres is said to be “deeply concerned” about the situation in the Tigray region. The UN chief also supports efforts by the African Union to de-escalate the situation, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. Mr Guterres has also called for the protection…

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UN chief ‘deeply concerned’ about crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

– Advertisement – UN Secretary General António Guterres is “deeply concerned” about the situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray region and supports efforts by the African Union to de-escalate the situation, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. Mr Guterres has also called for the protection of civilians ahead of a threat by the Ethiopian army to start an assault on the region’s capital, Mekelle. “We’re following reports of the possible military action around Mekelle with great alarm. The Secretary General is very concerned about the impact that will have on civilian population, on…

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Ethiopia gives Tigray forces 72 hours to surrender as conflict rages

– Advertisement – The Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has issued a 72 hour ultimatum to Tigrayan regional forces to surrender or face military offensive. Ahmed said if the Tigray forces fail to surrender the military will storm the regional capital Mekelle. The regional rebels fighting the federal forces are based in Mekelle, the regional capital of Tigray, a state in Ethiopia’s northern region. Dear fellow Ethiopians, pic.twitter.com/3H9XXSiFM7 — Abiy Ahmed Ali 🇪🇹 (@AbiyAhmedAli) November 22, 2020 But the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), has rejected such an order saying…

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WHO chief denies supporting Tigray forces in Ethiopia

– Advertisement – The director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has denied claims by Ethiopia that he is supporting the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). The Ethiopian government said Dr. Ghebreyesus was helping Tigray forces fighting the government. In a televised address, Ethiopia’s army chief said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is trying to procure arms and mobilize diplomatic support for Tigray state’s dominant political party, which is fighting the federal troops. “This man is a member of that group and he has been doing…

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Rockets from Ethiopia’s Tigray region hit Eritrea capital

– Advertisement – Rockets from Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region hit the capital of neighbouring Eritrea on Saturday, diplomats said, the latest indication that Ethiopia’s internal conflict is spreading beyond its borders. The strikes in Eritrea came the same day the ruling party in Tigray, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), claimed rocket attacks on two airports in a separate region of Ethiopia. The attacks exacerbated concerns that a conflict Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has vowed would be quick and contained could instead snowball and destabilise the broader Horn of…

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Ethiopian PM rejects peace talks on Tugray conflict as thousands flee

– Advertisement – Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has rejected a request for peace talks over the worsening conflict situation in Tigray. Last week, Tigray’s leader Debretsion Gebremichael wrote to the African Union (AU) to request talks. But in a tweet Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019, said there would be no dialogue until efforts to ascertain the rule of law are achieved. “Our law enforcement operations in Tigray are proceeding as planned: operations will cease as soon as the criminal junta is…

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