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Main hospital in Ethiopia’s Tigray’s region runs out of food

Main hospital in Ethiopia’s Tigray’s region runs out of food

KATHARINE HOURELD THE main hospital in Ethiopia's war-ravaged region of Tigray has sent home 240 patients after food supplies ran out last week, officials said. The decision by Ayder Referral Hospital in Tigray's capital Mekelle underscores how little food aid is reaching the region despite the government's declaration in March of a unilateral truce to allow aid deliveries. One hospital official, who asked not to be named, said about 360 patients remained who were able to purchase their own food. New patients without food or money were being turned away, he said. Those who had to leave included babies with…
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Ethiopian army planning to ‘eliminate’ Tigrayan forces -military official

Ethiopian army planning to ‘eliminate’ Tigrayan forces -military official

ETHIOPIA'S military is planning to enter the Tigray regional capital of Mekelle and "eliminate" rebellious forces, a top military official said amid diplomatic efforts to end the conflict in the country's north. The Horn of Africa country has been gripped by war for more than a year, with the federal military and its allies battling forces loyal to the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), the political party that controls Tigray. This week two top U.S. diplomats flew into Addis Ababa to push for a ceasefire, trying to build on tentative signs of a thaw in relations between warring parties, including…
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Tigray: Dwindling hospital supplies leads to deaths

Tigray: Dwindling hospital supplies leads to deaths

KATHARINE HOURELD and GIULIA PARAVICINI IN the largest hospital in Ethiopia's Tigray region, a child wounded in an air strike bled to death after doctors ran out of gauze and intravenous fluids. A baby died because there were no fluids for dialysis. Doctors at the Ayder Referral Hospital in the regional capital Mekelle, which is under the control of Tigrayan forces fighting the central government, told Reuters by phone the lack of supplies is largely the result of a months-long government aid blockade on the northern region. "Signing death certificates has become our primary job," the hospital said in a…
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Did Ethiopia’s attack on Tigray violate international laws?

Did Ethiopia’s attack on Tigray violate international laws?

IN Ethiopia, the national army claims to have taken “complete control” of Mekelle, the capital of the dissident region of Tigray. But since the fighting started in November, there have been concerns for civilians in the region who may have been injured or displaced due to the conflict. EUGÈNE BAKAMA BOPE, Professor, Université de Lubumbashi What is known is that providers of humanitarian aid haven’t been able to reach civilians. There are also reports that hundreds of civilians have been killed. However, because parts of the region have been cut off from mobile phone and internet network, it’s hard to…
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Young men mobilise against Tigray forces

Young men mobilise against Tigray forces

MAGGIE FICK and DAWIT ENDESHAW  RESIDENTS of Ethiopia's Amhara region said some young men were responding to a weekend call to arms by their president, as Amhara's government denied that forces from neighbouring Tigray had advanced further into the region. An eight-month-old war between Ethiopia's central government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), the party that controls Tigray, has spread to neighbouring parts of northern Ethiopia, risking further destabilisation of Africa's second-most populous nation. On Sunday Agegnehu Teshager, president of the Amhara regional government had called on "all young people" to take up arms against TPLF fighters, who say…
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Ethiopia says aid flights to Tigray allowed, but none has yet left the capital

Ethiopia says aid flights to Tigray allowed, but none has yet left the capital

ETHIOPIA has allowed humanitarian flights to its northern Tigray region, amid concerns that aid is not reaching people facing famine, but the civil aviation head said no such flights had yet left the capital. Ethiopia's government has been battling the Tigray People's Liberation Front since November and thousands of civilians and an unknown number of combatants have since been killed. Last week, government forces said they had withdrawn from the Tigray capital of Mekelle, but the TPLF said its forces seized the city, a major shift in the conflict. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's government declared a unilateral humanitarian ceasefire and…
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Tigray as no longer ‘centre’ of conflict

Tigray as no longer ‘centre’ of conflict

DAWIT ENDESHAW ETHIOPIAN Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed acknowledged government troops had left Tigray's regional capital Mekelle after months of fighting, saying it was because the city was no longer the "centre of gravity for conflicts". Another government figure said the troops could return in weeks if needed - the first statements by federal officials since Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) forces took the city this week in a major turn of events in the conflict. But a spokesman for the TPLF called Abiy's comments a "lie", saying that government troops lost and were forced to leave Mekelle. He also said…
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Ethiopia bars journalists from flying to Tigray regional vote -passengers

Ethiopia bars journalists from flying to Tigray regional vote -passengers

AT least 12 people, including four journalists and a senior think tank analyst, have been barred from flying to Tigray, four of the passengers said after Ethiopian security officials said the region's elections later this week were illegal. Ethiopia's upper house said on Saturday plans by the Tigray region to hold an election on September 9 for regional parliament and other positions were unconstitutional, setting up a potential clash between the central government and the powerful Tigray People's Liberation Front. The TPLF, which runs the northern province, has said the vote will go ahead despite pressure from the central government.…
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Ethiopian women raped in Mekelle, says soldier

Ethiopian women raped in Mekelle, says soldier

SOLDIERS and police in the northern Ethiopian city of Mekelle have expressed concerns about insecurity, with one saying women were raped this week, after the city fell to federal forces during a war late last year. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's government declared victory in its conflict with the Tigray region's former ruling party after seizing Mekelle, the local capital and home to half a million people, on November 28 Though the government says it is restoring law and order, aid agencies, residents and the United Nations are concerned at ongoing instability and shortages. At Friday's meeting in Mekelle broadcast on…
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Ethiopia’s war-scarred Tigray region regains some services

Ethiopia’s war-scarred Tigray region regains some services

ETHIOPIA has sent civil servants in Tigray back to work and ordered gun owners to disarm as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's government sought to show normality in the still-isolated northern region after weeks of war. Some power and telephone links were also restored in regional capital Mekelle after a virtual communications blackout since federal troops' November 4 offensive. But there were reports of massive fuel and food price hikes, plus water shortages. Tigray is still off-limits to journalists without a permit. Abiy has declared victory over the former local ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF). The powerful TPLF…
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