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Ethiopia: Army kills former foreign minister in Tigray battle

– Advertisement – The Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) on Wednesday afternoon announced the death of former Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin during a battle in the country’s Tigray region. He served as foreign minister from 1991 to 2010. Seyoum was killed alongside Asmelash Woldeselassie, former Ethiopian parliament chief whip and Abay Tsehaye, Ethiopia’s former minister of federal affairs, during a battle earlier on Wednesday, said Tesfaye Ayalew, head of the defense force’s Deployment Department. Seyoum, Asmelash and Abay had served as central committee members of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front…

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Ghanaian arrested over murder of Ethiopian refugee in Italy

– Advertisement – An Ethiopian refugee has been reportedly raped and murdered in Italy. Agitu Gudeta was killed on her farm in the northern region of Trentino. The deceased has been hailed as a symbol of integration in Italy after fleeing Ethiopia. In 2010, Agitu fled Adis Ababa after her participation in protests against “land-grabbing” angered local authorities. She has since made Italy her home, making goat’s cheese and beauty products on an abandoned land in Trentino. – Advertisement – The Italian news agency reported that a Ghanaian employee has been…

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Ethiopia: Bomb explosion kills three in Addis Ababa

Three people have been killed and five others wounded after an abandoned bomb exploded in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, police say. The blast happened in the city’s Lideta neighbourhood on Sunday. The people who died were homeless and living on the streets, senior police officer commander Alemayehu Ayalke told state broadcaster EBC. There is no indication that this explosion is linked to the crisis in the northern Tigray region. Fighting between federal and regional troops from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) began there on 4 November and has forced…

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Ethiopia admits firing at UN team ‘on way to refugee camp’

Mr Abiy ordered the military to oust it from power after it attacked a federal military base in Tigray. It followed sharp political differences over reforms that Mr Abiy had introduced since taking office in 2018. More than 40,000 people have fled across the border to Sudan and many others may have been forced from their homes. Sourced from Africa Feeds

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Ethiopia: Tigray releases over 4,000 soldiers

– Advertisement – The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in Ethiopia’s Tigray region has announced the release of over 4,000 soldiers who had been held captive. TPLF officials said they had been part of the army’s northern command but were detained when Tigrayan troops attacked a federal military base. The development comes after the TPLF officials disputed a declaration by Ethiopia’s Prime Minister that the military had won the conflict. They have vowed to fight on despite the claim. Before the war started, the military deployed troops in the north of Ethiopia…

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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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Pope Francis calls for prayers for Ethiopia amid Tigray crisis

– Advertisement – Pope Francis has called for the world to pray for Ethiopia as fighting between federal forces and rebels in Tigray region intensifies. In a message on Twitter, the Pope invited “everyone to pray for Ethiopia where armed clashes have intensified and are causing a serious humanitarian situation.” He added that “I appeal to the parties in conflict so that the violence might ceases, life may be safeguarded and the populations can regain.” I invite everyone to pray for #Ethiopia where armed clashes have intensified and are causing…

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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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