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Bid to end Ethiopia’s war with Tigray

Bid to end Ethiopia’s war with Tigray

ETHIOPIA'S Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the federal government had formed a committee to negotiate with forces from the rebellious northern region of Tigray, in the first public confirmation of a key step toward peace negotiations. The nearly two-year conflict in Ethiopia, Africa's second-most populous nation, has displaced more than 9 million people, plunged parts of Tigray into famine conditions and killed thousands of civilians. "Regarding the peace ... a committee has been established and it will study how we will conduct talks," Abiy told parliament, the first time he has publicly referred to the body. The committee, headed by…
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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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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 Afar's police commissioner Ahmed Harif said Tigrayan forces had withdrawn from the town of Abala but were still in three of the region's districts.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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Some Ethiopians claim forced recruitment by Tigrayan forces

Some Ethiopians claim forced recruitment by Tigrayan forces

GIULIA PARAVICINI and KATHARINE HOURELD AUTHORITIES in Ethiopia's war-shattered Tigray region is forcing young people to join their army's fight against the central government by threatening and jailing relatives, according to captured fighters and residents. The war in northern Ethiopia since late 2020 has killed thousands of civilians and uprooted millions, triggering famine and devastating infrastructure, though it has garnered less attention globally than other conflicts, such as the war in Ukraine. The Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) says it is defending the region's 6 million people against subjugation by the federal government. But Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed accuses the…
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Ethiopia’s Tigray region says it will observe humanitarian ceasefire

Ethiopia’s Tigray region says it will observe humanitarian ceasefire

REBELLIOUS Tigrayan forces in Ethiopia have said they will respect a ceasefire proposed by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's government as long as sufficient aid is delivered to their war-scarred northern region "within reasonable time". The government in Addis Ababa declared the cessation of hostilities on Thursday, saying it was to allow aid to flow into Tigray. However, it was not immediately clear how it would enforce this on the battlefield, where a mix of regional fighters and volunteer militias have been fighting the Tigrayan forces. "The government of Tigray will do everything it can do to make sure this cessation…
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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 War: Ethiopia wants WHO chief probed

Tigray War: Ethiopia wants WHO chief probed

ETHIOPIA'S foreign ministry has called on the World Health Organization (WHO) to investigate its leader for supporting rebellious forces fighting the Ethiopian government. WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who previously served as the Ethiopian health minister and foreign minister, said earlier this week that aid was being blocked from getting through to his home region of Tigray, where rebellious forces are fighting the central government. "Tedros Adhanom's moral, legal and professional standing that threatened WHO's organisational standing," Ethiopia said in a statement late on Thursday. "He has spread harmful misinformation and compromised WHO's reputation, independence, credibility which is evident from…
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Tigrayan forces accused of looting aid warehouses

Tigrayan forces accused of looting aid warehouses

FORCES from Ethiopia's Tigray region in recent weeks looted warehouses belonging to the U.S. government's humanitarian agency in the Amhara region, USAID's Ethiopia director said on Tuesday. War broke out in the mountainous region last November between Ethiopian troops and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which controls the region. The conflict has killed thousands and caused a humanitarian crisis. After retaking control of most of Tigray in late June and early July, Tigrayan forces pushed into the neighbouring Afar and Amhara regions, displacing several hundred thousand more people from their homes. "We do have proof that several of our…
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Ethiopia to launch ‘final phase’ of offensive in Tigray region, says PM

Ethiopia to launch ‘final phase’ of offensive in Tigray region, says PM

THE Ethiopian military will begin the "final phase" of an offensive in the northern Tigray region, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has announced after an ultimatum expired for Tigrayan forces to surrender. The government had given the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) until Wednesday to lay down their arms or face an assault on Mekelle, the regional capital of 500,000 people. Rights groups have raised concerns for civilians caught up in military operations in which thousands are already believed to have died since fighting began on November 4. The United Nations estimates 1.1 million Ethiopians will need aid as a result…
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