Cairo - Asharq Al-AwsatEgyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi received Thursday a Sudanese delegation in Cairo to discuss the recent border tensions between Khartoum and Addis Ababa, in addition to the latest regional developments, especially the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). The talks tackled the latest developments concerning the mounting tensions between Ethiopia and Sudan over the disputed eastern border region of Al-Fashqa. The visit comes after border tension between the two countries escalated during the conflict in the Tigray region. Ethiopian forces and militias attacked Sudanese forces inside their territory, killing three individuals and a high-ranking officer. The negotiations to demarcate the border between Sudan and Ethiopia last December failed to reach an agreement.
January 15, 2021 08:26 UTC
(@ChaudhryMAli88)ADDIS ABABA, Jan. 15 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 15th Jan, 2021 ) :The Ethiopian Ministry of Health on Thursday reported 467 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, taking the national count to 129,922. The ministry also said the COVID-19 death toll stood at 2,008, including two new fatalities recorded over the same period. With 182 more recoveries registered, the total number came to 114,749, said the ministry. Ethiopia, Africa's second most populous nation with about 114 million people, has the most COVID-19 cases in the East African region, and is among the worst hit countries in the continent after South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt.
January 15, 2021 06:56 UTC
Source: Xinhua| 2021-01-15 14:42:59|Editor: huaxiaVideo Player CloseADDIS ABABA, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonen on Thursday commended China's anti-COVID-19 assistance, said the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry. Zhao pledged to scale up China's already strong relationship with Ethiopia on issues of importance to both countries, including in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, it said. China has donated several batches of medical supplies to Ethiopia to help fight the virus. Some Chinese medical professionals are also currently undertaking experience-sharing programs with their Ethiopian counterparts on how to stem the spread of COVID-19 in Ethiopia. As of Thursday afternoon, COVID-19 cases in Ethiopia reached 129,455 with 2,006 deaths.
January 15, 2021 06:45 UTC
(Photo: ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP)After intense fighting cut off his ability to communicate with people outside his region, Bishop Tefaselassie Medhin of Adigrat, Ethiopia, called for urgent humanitarian assistance in the country's semi-autonomous Tigray region. Bishop Medhin had remained cut off from the rest of the church together with his priests and the religious -- something that triggered concerns -- amid the fighting in the region. "The need for urgent humanitarian emergency response is vital to save millions of people in dire conditions," Bishop Medhin said in a statement dated Jan. 5, but made public Jan. 14. Since the government's announcement of an end to the conflict, humanitarian response to people has been limited, with agencies reporting persistent insecurity and clashes between the army and the liberation front. Catholic Church agencies -- including Caritas and Catholic Relief Services -- are moving humanitarian aid in the region.
January 15, 2021 05:26 UTC
Source: Xinhua| 2021-01-15 13:04:47|Editor: huaxiaVideo Player CloseADDIS ABABA, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- The Ethiopian Ministry of Health on Thursday reported 467 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, taking the national count to 129,922. The ministry also said the COVID-19 death toll stood at 2,008, including two new fatalities recorded over the same period. With 182 more recoveries registered, the total number came to 114,749, said the ministry. Ethiopia, Africa's second most populous nation with about 114 million people, has the most COVID-19 cases in the East African region, and is among the worst hit countries in the continent after South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt.
January 15, 2021 05:03 UTC
Around 70 clandestine burial pits were found in the premises of Humera airport in the Tigray region, Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) said on Sunday. The grave where the bodies were buried was found in the southern part of the airport’s premises dense with grass, according to EBC. The official inidcated that crimes had been committed by forces close the Tigray Liberation Front (TPLF) against people who opposed the unlawaful occupation of the area by TPLF. Humera, located in the far northwest of the country, were taken out of Gondar’s control by the TPLF in 1992, according to those who long contested the move. The federal army, battling forces loyal to the TPLF, liberated Humera on November 12 after heavy clashes in the first days of the conflict.
January 15, 2021 03:11 UTC
The Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF), General Brhanu Jula has been honored with Djibouti’s highest military honor of the country. Attending the award ceremony in Djibouti, Head of Peacekeeping Center, Lieutenant General Desta Abiche told ENA that the award that was honored to General Brhanu is the highest in the country and it was recognized by the Djibouti President, Ismaïl Omar Guelleh. Presenting the prestigious award, Chief of Staff of Djibouti Defense Forces, General Zakaria Sheikh Ibrahim praised the leadership quality of General Brhanu Jula in revoking the murky situation which could dismantle Ethiopia and the region in general. General Zakaria affirmed that the long-standing and historic relations between Ethiopia and Djibouti will be strengthening in the years to come. Receiving the award, General Brhanu Jula appreciated the government and the people of Djibouti on behalf of the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) and the people of Ethiopia.
January 15, 2021 03:11 UTC
Ethiopian Human Rights Council calls on activists to put pressure on the government to stop the massacreEthiopian Human Rights Council LogoborkenaJanuary 14, 2021Ethiopian Human Rights Council on Wednesday released an urgent statement regarding the massacre in the Metekel Zone, Benishangul Gumuz region of Ethiopia. “Ethiopian Human Rights Council is very concerned that the massacre of innocent civilians in Bulen, Dibate and Dangul districts of Metekel zone of Benishangul Gumuz region,” said the statement. The statement said that over 500 civilians have been killed and more than 100,000 people displaced in a span of five months. Ethiopian Human Rights Council called on rights groups , activists, media, religious organizations, elders and members of the civil society to put pressure on the Ethiopian government to stop what it called the non-stop massacre of innocent civilians. Public opinion is now swinging to the view that the massacre in Benishangul Gumuz region was orchestrated by people in power mostly targeting ethnic Amhara and ethnic Agaw.
January 15, 2021 01:52 UTC
Lastly, in rare occasions, Neftegna is also generally used to indicate the pan-Ethiopianist group (political ideology) irrespective of their religion or ethnicity. Not surprisingly, the Amhara people mostly fulfil all the manifestations of the Neftegna owing to the overlapping identity markers. In other words, the Neftegna, as a disposable people, has become the Tutsi of Ethiopia. That being the case, it takes an extraordinary courage to keep silent in the face of organised attacks against the Neftegna. Prioritisation of Pressing National IssuesIt appears that the incumbent government has no clear and comprehensive national political roadmap and strategies.
January 15, 2021 01:41 UTC
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January 15, 2021 01:07 UTC
REPORTS of a massacre of 750 people in the cathedral complex that reputedly houses the Ark of the Covenant have emerged from the Tigray region of Ethiopia. Accounts have come from those who fled the town of Aksum and walked more than 200km to the regional capital, Mekelle. The massacre was first reported in dispatches from the Belgium-based NGO European External Programme with Africa (EEPA). It says that the massacre was carried out by Ethiopian federal troops and Amhara militia. The kingdom of Aksum was one of the four great powers of the ancient world, and the town of Aksum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
January 15, 2021 00:00 UTC
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January 14, 2021 23:59 UTC
Reports continue of severe human rights violations against Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia’s #Tigray region including killings, abductions, forced returns to Eritrea. Action to stop abuses and give access to humanitarians is needed — now. My statement 👇🏻 https://t.co/FBvwg73sCy — Filippo Grandi (@FilippoGrandi) January 14, 2021“I am very worried for the safety and well-being of Eritrean refugees in those camps”, said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi. “Refugees arriving on foot to Shire town in Tigray are emaciated, begging for aid that is not available”, recounted the High Commissioner. “Safe access and swift action are needed now to save thousands of lives at risk”.
January 14, 2021 22:52 UTC
(Reuters) - There have been major violations of international law at two refugee camps in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region, the U.N.'s refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Thursday. "These are concrete indications of major violations of international law," Filippo Grandi, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said in a statement. Grandi also said UNHCR teams had been unable to assist thousands of Eritrean refugees who continue to flee the camps. "Refugees arriving on foot in Shire town in Tigray are emaciated, begging for aid that is not available," he said. "I have impressed upon the Ethiopian leadership the urgency of ensuring the protection of refugees, preventing forced return, and keeping refugee camps safe from attacks and other threats from armed actors," he said.
January 14, 2021 19:28 UTC
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed told parliament on Monday that a general in Ethiopia’s federal military’s Northern Command could have been poisoned. The Prime Minister further added that people who were with the general brought the information that he was poisoned. General Diriba had not yet returned to work due to his condition, Abiy said. In a lengthy address to respond to questions from lawmakers, Abiy said the country’s largest army and defense forces are under the command of the Northern Command in Tigray. According to Abiy, measures had been made to prevent the attack and prevent it from spreading to Gondar and Woldiya.
January 14, 2021 18:45 UTC