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Ethiopia: Over 100 former peacekeepers seek refuge in Sudan

– – More than 100 former peacekeepers from Ethiopia have sought international protection to apply for asylum in Sudan. The Ethiopian peacekeepers originally from the conflict hit Tigray region have refused to return to Ethiopia out of fear of persecution. They had been part of the recently closed UN mission in Darfur. The UN says instead of returning home when their mission ended in the Darfur region, around 120 Ethiopian peacekeepers applied for asylum in Sudan. This development is likely to be linked to the ethnic tensions that have deepened in Ethiopia…

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Humanitarian Crisis in Tigray Deepens as Fighting Continues

The situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray region is worsening as fighting between Tigray’s People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and government troops continues, with no end in sight. Aid agencies on the ground say thousands of people have been killed in the fighting, and many more have been displaced. The International Red Cross is warning that international aid must be scaled up urgently if a major humanitarian crisis is to be averted. Dominik Stillhart, director of the International Committee of the Red Cross told the BBC the people in Tigray were in dire…

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Ethiopia: Army kills former foreign minister in Tigray battle

– – 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 (TPLF),…

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WHO chief has “personal pain” over conflict in Ethiopia

– – The director general of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu who is an Ethiopian by nationality has spoken of his pain over the conflict in the Tigray region in Ethiopia. Tedros has been at the helm of affairs helping to fight the global Coronavirus pandemic but he said 2020 has been difficult for him as well due to the conflict in his country. He told reporters on Monday at a press conference that “2020 has been very difficult for me, because my country is in trouble,…

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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

– – 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 who…

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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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Ethiopian offensive on Tigray capital has begun

– – 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 Ethiopian…

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Ethiopia PM meets AU envoys over Tigray crisis

– – 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 Guterres…

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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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