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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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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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