The UN Security Council's first meeting on the conflict in Ethiopia's dissident Tigray region ended without members issuing a statement Tuesday. "South Africa asked for time so that the envoys can conduct their consultations and refer the matter to the African Union. A statement could complicate the situation," an African diplomat said after the session. Asked about the Security Council's lack of decision action, a UN spokesman said Secretary General Antonio Guterres supported the African Union being at the forefront of international efforts. Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has ordered the leaders of the northern region of Tigray to surrender ahead of a threatened all-out assault on its capital, Mekele.
November 24, 2020 15:14 UTC
Ethiopia's state-appointed rights group has accused a Tigrayan youth group of massacring 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 commission accused local forces of colluding in the massacre. The war has spread to Eritrea, where the Tigrayans have fired rockets, and also affected Somalia where Ethiopia has disarmed several hundred Tigrayans in a peacekeeping force fighting al-Shabab militants. "Using the government's 72-hour period, a large number of Tigray militia and special forces are surrendering," a government taskforce said.
November 24, 2020 14:03 UTC
Alarm has spiralled over Ethiopia’s imminent tank attack on the capital of the Tigray region, with the United Nations among organisations warning of the “grave danger” faced by civilians. A year before taking power in Ethiopia and introducing reforms to win the Nobel Peace Prize, Mr Abiy successfully defended a PhD thesis in conflict resolution. It was side-lined after Mr Abiy took office in 2018 and sought to centralise power in a country long ruled along ethnic lines. Yet, he added that the US had little information from inside the Tigray region with communications largely severed. Nearly 20 US senators have urged secretary of state Mike Pompeo to engage Mr Abiy directly before it’s too late.
November 24, 2020 13:07 UTC
Another warning by Ethiopia’s Federal government as it issues a 72-hour ultimatum to the embattled Tigray region. A senior official Redwan Hussien said Monday the slightest strike could take precious lives. Because a slightest strike is a loss for us. Leaders of the Northern Tigray region seem adamant about the repeat threats by the Federal state, at least for now. Abiy's government is infuriated by the Tigray region defiantly holding its own vote in September.
November 24, 2020 12:56 UTC
The UN Security Council is due to hold informal talks on the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, a sign of growing international concern. The fighting has sparked a refugee exodus, civilian deaths and fears of broader instability in the Horn of Africa. Amnesty International Ethiopia researcher Fisseha Tekle echoed Bachelet's concern over the military build-up in Mekele, urging both sides in the conflict to follow international law. They also looted and destroyed properties," The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC), a government-affiliated but independent body, said in its report. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, last year's Nobel Peace Prize winner, ordered troops, tanks and warplanes into Tigray in response to an alleged attack on federal military camps by the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF).
November 24, 2020 12:26 UTC
Tigray women who fled a conflict in the Ethiopia's Tigray region, wait to receive aid at Village 8, the transit centre near the Lugdi border crossing, eastern Sudan, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)Tigray women who fled a conflict in the Ethiopia's Tigray region, wait to receive aid at Village 8, the transit centre near the Lugdi border crossing, eastern Sudan, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s 72-hour ultimatum for the region’s leaders to surrender ends on Wednesday. Meanwhile, hundreds if not thousands of people have been killed, some 40,000 people have fled into Sudan and the U.N. says 2 million people in the sealed-off Tigray region urgently need help. But where Ethiopia will be by the time Biden takes office two months from now is unknown.
November 24, 2020 12:02 UTC
National-WorldAt least 600 civilians were killed during an attack in northern Ethiopia in early November because of their ethnicity, a state-appointed human rights commission said Tuesday. There have also been reports of atrocities committed by federal forces since Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered air strikes and a ground offensive against Tigray’s rulers for defying his authority. Tigrayan leaders have accused federal forces of killing innocent civilians while targeting churches and homes. Hundreds have died and more than 40,000 refugees have fled to neigboring Sudan since November 7, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The United Kingdom is “very concerned” about the escalating conflict in Tigray, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told the UK parliament Tuesday.
November 24, 2020 11:37 UTC
Some refugees have little to protect them from the heat and sun and curl under possessions as meager as umbrellas. The more permanent camps were last used in the 1980s for Ethiopians fleeing a famine worsened by a yearslong civil war. “That is so more sad.”___Associated Press journalists Cara Anna in Nairobi, Kenya, Samy Magdy in Cairo, and Mohaned Awad in Qadarif, Sudan, contributed to this report. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty) Credit: Nariman El-Mofty Credit: Nariman El-MoftyA general view of Um Rakuba refugee camp in Qadarif, eastern Sudan, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty) Credit: Nariman El-Mofty Credit: Nariman El-Mofty
November 24, 2020 10:41 UTC
An Ethiopian refugee and her child collect mats at a transit site in Hamdayet, Sudan. © UNHCR/Olivier JobardThe number of Ethiopian refugees streaming into eastern Sudan has now surpassed 40,000 since the crisis began, with more than 5,000 women, children and men fleeing the ongoing fighting in the Tigray region over the weekend. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and its partners have been able to deliver and distribute life-saving aid, including food, to more people. We reiterate our call for free, safe and unhindered humanitarian access so that humanitarian assistance can reach people that rely on it. Without humanitarian access, there is great concern about the delivery of the most basic services including water, essential medicines and food supplies, which will run out in one week for the refugee population.
November 24, 2020 09:56 UTC
While Tigrayans only account for about 6% of Ethiopia’s 110 million people, they dominated the government and the military for decades under strongman Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. Nor would the subjugation of Tigray, even if it were possible, address volatile and growing ethnic tensions across Ethiopia. But the international community also needs to appreciate that however challenging prospects for peace seem now, they won’t improve with time. China also has extensive interests in Ethiopia; in theory, this should be an area where Beijing and Washington can cooperate. At the same time, Tigrayan leaders need to take their own steps to end hostilities.
November 24, 2020 09:13 UTC
The government of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed says many Tigrayan militia and special forces have surrendered in line with an ultimatum before a threatened offensive against the regional capital Mekelle. "Using the government's 72-hour period, a large number of Tigray militia and special forces are surrendering. Many have surrendered through the Afar region, and the remaining forces are surrendering peacefully," a government taskforce said. There was no immediate response from the Tigray People's Liberation Front, which earlier said it had destroyed an important army division. Australian Associated Press/images/transform/v1/crop/frm/silverstone-feed-data/dde35c4f-5dc1-4338-93b2-044fb8858ee9.jpg/r0_74_800_526_w1200_h678_fmax.jpgEthiopia says rebel forces 'surrendering'
November 24, 2020 09:00 UTC
But Djibouti isn’t just another square on a chessboard: we will not go back to the way things were. READ MORE Djibouti: Small country, big stakesThe Djibouti Sovereign Fund is up and running now. The company managing the Addis Ababa-Djibouti railway line, which is the main source of this debt, will be privatised, with Ethiopia and Djibouti retaining ownership of the infrastructure. Two, he can restore law and order at the federal level, and punish those seeking to break up the country. Has that changed since French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit in March 2019?
November 24, 2020 08:15 UTC
This is for the third time that TPLF fired rocket attack at Bahir Dar, seat of Amhara regional state, in less than a weekImage purportedly showing rocket that TPLF fired at Bahir Dar on Monday morning. (Photo : SM)borkenaNovember 23, 2020Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) fired at least three rockets at Bahir Dar in the early morning on Monday. According to eyewitnesses who shared the story on social media, three loud explosions were heard in the city. A picture was circulating on social media purportedly showing the fired rocket in the sky before it hit the ground. The regional government did not disclose the extent of the damage at this writing, and it is unclear if there are civilian casualties.
November 24, 2020 04:26 UTC
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has called on fighters from an ethnic minority group to surrender. Fighting has gone on unabated since Abiy ordered an offensive against the ethnic Tigrayan forces following their attack on a government base on November 4. Abiy issued a statement via Twitter on Sunday, saying, "we call upon them to take advantage of this last opportunity and surrender peacefully to the government within 72 hours." Abiy was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last year for ending the longstanding conflict with neighboring Eritrea. The Nobel Committee released a statement calling on all parties involved to end the violence by peaceful means.
November 23, 2020 22:18 UTC
“But others came and said, ‘Ethiopian culture isn’t what we thought it was. Another performance will feature Ethiopian piyutim, or liturgical poems of devotion.There will be lectures on aspects of Ethiopian culture by a number of academics, including Prof. Edwin Seroussi, a musicologist, and Dr. Rose Brown. But Pardo is sure that the festival will provide a welcome distraction from the stress of the coronavirus crisis.Sigdiada is changing the way Ethiopians are perceived in Israel, Pardo said. “It’s like when someone goes to see a beautiful view and he gets there and he likes it. But if he goes on for another five or 10 minutes, he will see a different view.”
November 23, 2020 18:00 UTC