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EU suspends Ethiopian budget support

EU suspends Ethiopian budget support

THE European Union has suspended budget support for Ethiopia worth 88 million euros ($107 million) until humanitarian agencies are granted access to people in need of aid in the northern Tigray region. In a blog post, the EU's top diplomat Josep Borrell said Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed now needed to live up to the Nobel Peace Prize he was awarded in 2019 by doing all it takes to end the conflict in Tigray. "We are ready to help, but unless there is access for humanitarian aid operators, the EU cannot disburse the planned budget support to the Ethiopian government,"…
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Explosion rocks Ethiopia as Tigray conflict worsens, refugees flee to Sudan

Explosion rocks Ethiopia as Tigray conflict worsens, refugees flee to Sudan

AN explosion under a bridge in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa injured one man on Wednesday, a federal police spokesman said. There was no indication the blast was related to the conflict in the northern Tigray region were federal troops are fighting forces loyal to local leaders. The man lost a leg, the spokesman told Reuters. Refugees have fled to Sudan and the African Union appealed for a ceasefire in a north Ethiopian region where Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is waging a military offensive against local leaders defiant of his authority. About 2,500 Ethiopians have escaped across the border to Sudan…
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Both sides claim gains in Ethiopia war, Tigrayans accused of massacre

Both sides claim gains in Ethiopia war, Tigrayans accused of massacre

ETHIOPIA’S state-appointed rights watchdog accused a Tigrayan youth group on Tuesday of killing hundreds of civilians as federal and local forces both claimed advances in a three-week war in the country's mountainous north. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's government said enemy soldiers were surrendering as it advanced towards the regional capital, but the Tigrayans reported they were resisting and had destroyed a prestigious army division. The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission published findings into a November 9 attack in Mai Kadra in southwest Tigray - first reported by Amnesty International - where it said a youth group called Samri killed at least…
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Tigray refugees recount the horrors of Ethiopia’s new conflict

Tigray refugees recount the horrors of Ethiopia’s new conflict

MOHAMMED AMIN THE refugees trekked for days to cross the border, dodging airstrikes and well-armed soldiers in their country’s escalating civil war. Many are now sleeping out in the open in isolated towns or under trees in a dusty displacement camp unused for decades. As conflict rages in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, a fast-growing refugee crisis is building in the eastern provinces of neighbouring Sudan: Almost 40,000 people have sought safety over the past two weeks, and many more are expected in the days ahead. At a newly opened camp and at the two main refugee transit points along Sudan’s border with…
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Ethiopian troops push for regional capital, rebels promise ‘hell’

Ethiopian troops push for regional capital, rebels promise ‘hell’

GIULIA PARAVICINI ETHIOPIA predicted swift victory but northern rebels promised them "hell" on Wednesday in a two-week war threatening the vast nation's unity and further destabilising the Horn of Africa. The war has killed hundreds, sent 30,000 refugees into Sudan, and called into question whether Africa's youngest leader can hold together Ethiopia's myriad fractious ethnic groups. Rebuffing appeals for talks, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's government says its forces are marching on Tigray's capital Mekelle and will soon triumph over the local ruling Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which he accuses of revolt. The rebels say they have captured tanks and…
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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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African peace envoys meet Ethiopian PM in bid for peace in Tigray

African peace envoys meet Ethiopian PM in bid for peace in Tigray

AFRICAN peace envoys have met Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, a day after he said the military was beginning the "final phase" of an offensive in the northern Tigray region that rights groups fear could bring huge civilian casualties. 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. The United Nations says 200 aid workers are also in the city. The African Union envoys were in Addis Ababa "with a view to helping to mediate between the parties to the…
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United Nations and Ethiopia reach aid pact for war-hit Tigray

United Nations and Ethiopia reach aid pact for war-hit Tigray

ETHIOPIA and the United Nations have agreed to channel desperately-needed humanitarian aid to a northern region where a month of war has killed, wounded and uprooted thousands. The pact, announced by U.N. officials, gives aid workers access to government-controlled areas of Tigray, where federal troops have been battling the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) and captured the regional capital. The war is believed to have killed thousands, sent 45,000 refugees into Sudan, displaced many more within Tigray and worsened suffering in a region where 600,000 people already depended on food aid even before the flare-up from November 4. As hundreds…
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Ethiopia war may turn into guerrilla insurgency, experts say

Ethiopia war may turn into guerrilla insurgency, experts say

ETHIOPIA’S nearly month-long war against rebellious northern forces may be transforming into a guerrilla conflict, experts have said, even though federal troops declared victory after capturing the Tigrayan regional capital at the weekend. Fighting since November 4 is believed to have killed thousands of people, as well as forcing refugees into Sudan, dragging in Eritrea, and worsening hunger and suffering among Tigray's more than 5 million people. Reports of clashes between Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's soldiers and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) were still coming out of the region, though communications remain largely cut and outside access blocked. Abiy…
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In Sudan camp, a Tigray farmer once displaced by famine now shelters from war

In Sudan camp, a Tigray farmer once displaced by famine now shelters from war

SEHAM ELORABY and BAZ RATNER ETHIOPIAN farmer Berhan Halie came to Sudan 35 years ago to escape hunger. Now 65 and walking with a stick, he is back again, this time to escape the bullets and bombs of the conflict in Tigray, fleeing from his village as neighbours lay dead on the ground. Berhan and his family spent days walking to the border crossing with Sudan, among more than 45,000 who have fled from fighting between the Ethiopian government and rebellious Tigray forces. After crossing two weeks ago, he was brought by bus to the Um Rakuba camp in Sudan's…
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