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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 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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Ethiopia says Axum airport smashed, Tigrayans face surrender deadline

Ethiopia says Axum airport smashed, Tigrayans face surrender deadline

FORCES of Ethiopia's Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) have destroyed an airport in the ancient town of Axum, state-affiliated media has announced, after advancing federal troops gave them a 72-hour ultimatum to surrender. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has told the TPLF, which had been ruling the mountainous northern zone of 5 million people, to lay down arms by Wednesday or face a final assault on the regional capital Mekelle. TPLF leader Debretsion Gebremichael told Reuters that the threat was a cover for government forces to regroup after what he described as defeats on three fronts. There was no immediate response…
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Ethiopia PM gives Tigray forces 72 hours to surrender regional capital

Ethiopia PM gives Tigray forces 72 hours to surrender regional capital

ETHIOPIAN Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed gave Tigrayan regional forces 72 hours to surrender before the military begins an offensive on the regional capital of Mekelle. "We urge you to surrender peacefully within 72 hours, recognising that you are at the point of no return," Abiy said in a message posted on Twitter on Sunday evening. Tigrayan forces could not immediately be reached for comment. A military spokesman said earlier that advancing Ethiopian troops plan to surround Mekelle with tanks and may shell the city to force surrender. The Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which is refusing to surrender its rule…
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Ethiopia pushes toward Tigray capital, rebuffs African mediation

Ethiopia pushes toward Tigray capital, rebuffs African mediation

ETHIOPIAN forces had seized another town in their advance on the capital of northern Tigray region and the government has rebuffed an African Union (AU) push to mediate in the war with rebel forces in the region. More than two weeks into Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's offensive, his government said Tigrayan forces were digging in and using bulldozers to plough up roads around their capital Mekelle, home to about half a million people. Hundreds, possibly thousands, have died and more than 30,000 refugees have fled to Sudan. The conflict has spread beyond Tigray, whose forces have fired rockets at the…
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Ethiopian govt says troops take two towns from Tigray fighters

Ethiopian govt says troops take two towns from Tigray fighters

GOVERNMENT forces captured two towns from rebel forces in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region, the government and Tigrayan fighters fired rockets at an airport in a neighbouring region. The rocket attack on Bahir Dar, capital of Asmara region, raised concerns that the two-week-old conflict between the Tigrayan rebels and the central government could spiral into a wider war. The United Nations meanwhile said it was making plans for as many as 200,000 refugees fleeing into neighbouring Sudan. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people have been killed and tens of thousands of refugees have already fled from fighting in Tigray as Prime Minister…
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Ethiopia moves on Tigray capital, denounces WHO boss Tedros

Ethiopia moves on Tigray capital, denounces WHO boss Tedros

GIULIA PARAVICINI ETHIOPIA says it is bearing down on the capital of Tigray region in a two-week-old war and tore into the World Health Organization (WHO) head with accusations of diplomatic lobbying for the rebels. The conflict has killed hundreds, sent 30,000 refugees into Sudan, and called into question whether Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed - Africa's youngest leader and last year's Nobel Peace Prize winner - can hold his ethnically-divided nation together. As international alarm grew over spreading instability in the Horn of Africa, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's team appealed for an end to fighting and protection for civilians. Abiy's…
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Ethiopia to push on Tigray’s capital as surrender deadline passes

Ethiopia to push on Tigray’s capital as surrender deadline passes

GIULIA PARAVICINI ETHIOPIA's prime minister has warned that a deadline for rebel northern forces to lay down arms had expired, paving the way for a final push on the Tigray region's capital in a two-week conflict destabilising the Horn of Africa. "The three-day ultimatum given to Tigray Special Forces and the militia to surrender ... has ended today," Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Facebook. "The final critical act of law enforcement will be done in the coming days." Africa's youngest leader and the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Abiy launched air strikes and a ground offensive on Nov. 4…
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Ethiopia resists mediation as it bombs Tigray capital

Ethiopia resists mediation as it bombs Tigray capital

GIULIA PARAVICINI and DAVID LEWIS ETHIOPIA resisted international pressure for mediation in a war in the country's north on Monday as its air force bombed the Tigrayan capital Mekelle, according to diplomatic and military sources. Hundreds have died, 25,000 refugees have fled to Sudan and there have been reports of atrocities since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered airstrikes and a ground offensive on November 4 against Tigray's local rulers for defying his authority. But Africa's youngest leader, who won a Nobel Peace Prize last year, has so far resisted pressure for talks to end a conflict that has spilled into…
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African envoys head for Ethiopia where thousands of war dead reported

African envoys head for Ethiopia where thousands of war dead reported

AFRICAN Union envoys arrived in Ethiopia hours before an ultimatum was to expire for Tigrayan forces to surrender in a war that has shaken the northern region and killed thousands of its fighters according to one report. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's government has set a 72-hour deadline for the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) to lay down arms or face an assault on their highland capital Mekelle, home to half a million people. The deadline was due to run out on Wednesday evening. Large numbers have died and there has been widespread destruction in aerial bombardments and ground fighting since…
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