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Tigray forces give up heavy weapons to Ethiopian army

Tigray forces give up heavy weapons to Ethiopian army

DAWIT ENDESHAW TIGRAY forces, who fought a two-year war against Ethiopia's federal government, began handing over heavy weaponry to the national army as part of an African Union-led peace process. The demobilisation of Tigray forces is seen as central to the November 2 ceasefire agreement, alongside the restoration of services, resumption of humanitarian aid and withdrawal of Eritrean troops, who fought alongside Ethiopia's army but were not party to the truce. The conflict created famine-like conditions for hundreds of thousands of Tigray's population killed thousands and displaced millions across northern Ethiopia. The handover in the town of Agulae, around 30…
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Ethiopia says army has captured three towns from Tigray forces

Ethiopia says army has captured three towns from Tigray forces

THE Ethiopian army has captured three towns in the northern region of Tigray, one to the northwest and two to the south of the regional capital Mekelle, the government said on Tuesday as one senior official said the conflict was being "extinguished". The Ethiopian military and allies including troops from neighbouring Eritrea have been battling Tigray forces on and off for two years, a conflict that has killed thousands, displaced millions and left hundreds of thousands on the brink of famine. "The ENDF (Ethiopian National Defence Force) has taken control of the towns of Shire, Alamata, and Korem without fighting…
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Ethiopian army captures city from Tigray forces

Ethiopian army captures city from Tigray forces

ETHIOPIAN government forces and their allies captured Shire, one of the biggest cities in the northern region of Tigray, from regional forces they have been battling on and off since late 2020, two diplomatic and humanitarian sources said. The violence in Tigray, which has spilled over into neighbouring regions and drawn in the Eritrean military, has killed thousands of civilians, uprooted millions and left hundreds of thousands now facing possible famine. The conflict stems from grievances rooted in periods of Ethiopia's turbulent past when particular regional power blocs held sway over the country as a whole, and in tensions over…
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15 members of Tigray forces killed, 8 captured

15 members of Tigray forces killed, 8 captured

ETHIOPIA’S military says it has killed 15 members of the Tigray region's former ruling party and captured eight others, according to state-run TV. Citing a brigadier-general from Ethiopia's National Defence Force, the state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation said that those captured included the region's former president Abay Weldu, who was also a former chairman of the region's ruling party. Those killed included the region's former deputy police commissioner, it said. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's government declared victory in its conflict with the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), a political party that previously governed the province, on November 28 after nearly a…
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Tigray forces claim to have shot down Ethiopian plane, taken town

Tigray forces claim to have shot down Ethiopian plane, taken town

REBELLIOUS forces from Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray say they have shot down a military plane and retaken a town from federal forces, a day after the prime minister announced federal troops had taken over the regional capital and military operations were complete. There was no immediate comment from the government or the military on the claims made by Debretsion Gebremichael, leader of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) in text messages to Reuters. Claims from all sides are difficult to verify since phone and internet links to Tigray have been down and access tightly controlled since the fighting began…
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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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Tigray forces enter neighbouring Afar

Tigray forces enter neighbouring Afar

DAWIT ENDERSHAW and MAGGIE RICK  Forces from Ethiopia's northern Tigray region have mounted attacks in the neighbouring Afar region, a spokesman for Afar said on Monday, marking an expansion of an eight-month-old conflict into a previously untouched area. Tigrayan fighters crossed into Afar on Saturday and Afar forces and allied militias were still fighting them on Monday, Afar spokesman Ahmed Koloyta said. "Now (Ethiopian military forces) are on their way and we will work with them to eliminate (the Tigrayan forces)," he said. Getachew Reda, a spokesman for the Tigrayan forces, confirmed they had been fighting over the weekend in…
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Support for Ethiopia army, Amhara against Tigray forces

Support for Ethiopia army, Amhara against Tigray forces

DAWIT ENDESHAW  THREE more Ethiopian regions are sending soldiers to reinforce the national army in its fight against forces from the northern region of Tigray, regional officials said, widening a conflict that has so far largely affected the north. Officials from Oromiya, Sidama, and the Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples' Region said their forces had joined the army, known as the Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF), which withdrew from most of Tigray late in June. A fourth region, Amhara, has already been locked in conflict with Tigray since the war erupted in November. Both Amhara and Tigray claim the fertile…
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Cheers as Tigray forces seize regional capital

Cheers as Tigray forces seize regional capital

GIULIA PARAVICINI and MAGGIE FICK TIGRAYAN forces said they had Ethiopian government troops on the run around the regional capital Mekelle after taking full control of the city in a sharp reversal of eight months of conflict. People in Mekelle, where communications were cut on Monday, said the incoming Tigrayan fighters were greeted with cheers. There were similar scenes on video footage from the northern town of Shire, where residents said government-allied Eritrean forces had pulled out and Tigrayan forces had entered. "We are 100% in control of Mekelle," Getachew Reda, spokesman for the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), told…
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