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Ethiopia denies Tigrayan forces pulled out of Afar region

Ethiopia denies Tigrayan forces pulled out of Afar region

THE Ethiopian government said that rebellious Tigrayan forces are still in the neighbouring region of Afar, despite a spokesman for the Tigrayan forces announcing their withdrawal days earlier. Government spokesperson Legesse Tulu told state media that the news that Tigrayan forces had left Afar were "big lies." Afar Police Commissioner Ahmed Harif told Reuters on Thursday that Tigrayan forces were still in four districts bordering Tigray - Koneba, Abala, Berhale and Magale - and had not moved since Monday. Getachew Reda, the spokesman for the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), the party that controls Tigray, did not respond to requests…
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Children are being killed and maimed by discarded explosives in Ethiopia

Children are being killed and maimed by discarded explosives in Ethiopia

GIULIA PARAVICINI FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD Eysa Mohammed was collecting water near her home in northern Ethiopia's Afar region when an explosion underfoot tore shrapnel into her leg, making her one of a growing number of children maimed by weapons discarded in the country's civil war. "So much blood was spilling from my right foot," Eysa told Reuters in her family hut in the town of Kasagita. Doctors removed two large pieces of metal from her leg in February but she can no longer walk. Fighting in northern Ethiopia, which began in November 2020 in the Tigray region and spilled over into Afar…
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Tigray forces leaving Ethiopia’s Afar region, says spokesperson

Tigray forces leaving Ethiopia’s Afar region, says spokesperson

REBELLIOUS Tigrayan forces are completely withdrawing from the neighbouring region of Afar in Ethiopia, a spokesperson for the Tigrayan forces told Reuters, saying he hoped it meant that desperately needed food aid could finally pour into famine-hit Tigray. "Our forces have left all of Afar," Getachew Reda, a spokesperson for the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), told Reuters on Monday. Reuters could not immediately independently confirm Getachew's statement. Afar's police commissioner Ahmed Harif said Tigrayan forces had withdrawn from the town of Abala but were still in three of the region's districts. He said the forces were also in control…
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New front in Ethiopian war displaces thousands, hits hopes of peace talks

New front in Ethiopian war displaces thousands, hits hopes of peace talks

GIULIA PARAVICINI A new front in Ethiopia's war in the Afar region is imperilling efforts to get enemies to sit down to peace talks, three regional officials and three diplomats said, and a ceasefire declared last week may have been breached in some places. The flare-up of violence in Afar this year came after fighting in the neighbouring regions of Tigray and Amhara had ground to a stalemate and as moves were gathering pace to get the government in Addis Ababa and Tigrayan rebels to agree to peace negotiations. "There cannot be peace in Ethiopia while there is fighting in…
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War of words over Tigrayan forces in Afar

War of words over Tigrayan forces in Afar

ETHIOPIA has claimed that rebellious forces from the Tigray region had been defeated in the adjacent Afar region and had withdrawn, but the Tigrayan forces said they had merely shifted troops to neighbouring Amhara for an offensive there. "The TPLF force has left Afar (region)," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Dina Mufti told reporters at a news conference in Addis Ababa. "According to military information, they were defeated and they left," he said. Tigrayan spokesperson Getachew Reda, speaking to Reuters by satellite phone from an undisclosed location, said the Ethiopian authorities had only now realised Tigrayan forces had withdrawn. "We were not…
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Fighting displaces 200 000 in Ethiopia’s Amhara region

Fighting displaces 200 000 in Ethiopia’s Amhara region

UNITED Nations aid chief Martin Griffiths has revealed that 200,000 people have been displaced by fighting in Ethiopia's Amhara region and 54,000 in its Afar region. In recent weeks fighting has spread into the two regions neighbouring Tigray, where a war erupted eight months ago between Ethiopia's central government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF). "We need 100 trucks a day going into Tigray to meet humanitarian needs," Griffiths told reporters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, adding that the number was a "calculated need" and not "overestimated." The U.N. aid chief said also 122 trucks made it into Tigray…
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Fighting in Ethiopia’s Afar displaces 54 000

Fighting in Ethiopia’s Afar displaces 54 000

DAWIT ENDESHAW AND MAGGIE FICK ATTACKS by Tigrayan fighters in Ethiopia's Afar region have forced over 54,000 people from their homes, an official said on Thursday, and refugees in a camp in southern Tigray described heavy clashes nearby. Tens of thousands of people, meanwhile, rallied in the capital to support Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who has faced criticism for his handling of a conflict that threatens to undermine stability in Africa's second-most populous nation. Tigrayan fighters, who want the Ethiopian government to accept their terms before talks on a ceasefire can begin, have taken control of three districts in Afar…
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100 killed in Ethiopia-Somali border clashes

100 killed in Ethiopia-Somali border clashes

BORDER clashes between Ethiopia's Afar and Somali regions have killed at least 100 people, a regional official revealed yesterday, the latest outbreak of violence ahead of national elections in June. Around 100 civilians were killed since clashes broke out on Friday and continued through Tuesday, Ahmed Humed, deputy police commissioner for the Afar region, told Reuters by phone. He blamed the violence on an attack by Somali regional forces. Ali Bedel, a spokesman for the Somali region, said 25 people had been killed on Friday and an "unknown number of civilians" died in a subsequent attack by the same forces…
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