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Ethiopia ends military operation in Tigray after capture of capital

– – 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 the…

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Ethiopia PM rejects foreign interference in Tigray crisis

– – 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 of…

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Ethiopia to ‘receive and reintegrate’ those fleeing Tigray conflict

– – Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Monday said his country wants to “receive and reintegrate” thousands of refugees fleeing the northern state of Tigray. Federal forces are fighting local troops in Tigray forcing over 25,000 people to flee to neighbouring countries. Many of them have fled into Sudan, according to UN refugee agency officials who toured the border region on Saturday. The UNHCR assistant representative in Sudan Jan Hansmann has said that the priority of his agency was to provide the refugees with shelter, food and water. The…

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Ethiopian PM rejects peace talks on Tugray conflict as thousands flee

– – 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 disarmed,…

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Sudan ‘closes border with Ethiopia’ over tension in Tigray region

– – Sudan has closed the border between its eastern Kassala State and Ethiopia due to ongoing tension in Ethiopian Tigray region. According to the state-owned Suna news agency the announcement was made by Governor of the state, Fateh al-Rahman al-Amin. Al-Amin has said that the border will remain closed until further notice as Ethiopia struggles to end the tension. The state media reported that the governor intends traveling to Wad Al Helew, a village in Kassala State bordering Ethiopia and Eritrea, to assess the situation. On Wednesday Ethiopian Prime…

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At least 78 people killed in Ethiopian protests

Ethiopian officials say at least 78 people were killed during protests last week over the treatment of a prominent activist. The prime minister’s spokeswoman Billene Seyoum told reporters on Thursday that 409 people had been detained over the unrest. She also revealed that investigations are ongoing and the death toll and number detained could rise. Activist Jawar Mohammed said that police surrounded his home in Addis Ababa and tried to withdraw his government security detail. That got his supporters to pour unto the streets last week to protest against his…

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Abiy Ahmed says his Nobel Prize is ‘for Africa’

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed who has been named the winner of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize has said the award is “for Ethiopia and the African continent.” He said in statement shortly after the award was announced in Oslo on Friday that “I am humbled by the decision of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. My deepest gratitude to all committed and working for peace. This award is for Ethiopia and the African continent. We shall prosper in peace!” Ahmed was awarded the Nobel for his efforts to “achieve peace and international…

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Ethiopia’s Abiy Ahmed wins 2019 Nobel Peace Prize

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed has been named the winner of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. He was awarded the Nobel for his efforts to “achieve peace and international cooperation” within the East African sub-region. Ahmed was named as the winner of the 100th Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on Friday. The prize, worth $900,000 will be awarded to him in Oslo in December. Ahmed’s Ethiopia reached a peace deal with Eritrea in 2018. That ended a 20-year military stalemate after years of border war between 1998-2000. The Ethiopian Prime…

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