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Ethiopians flex military muscle during Orthodox Epiphany holiday

Gondar - Outside a centuries-old stone church in the northern Ethiopian city of Gondar, a drama troupe performed skits hailing the military defeat of the former leaders of the country's Tigray region.

Grim picture emerges from glimpses of Ethiopia's Tigray war

Addis Ababa - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared victory in his military operation in the northern region of Tigray, but there are clear signs that fighting persists despite a claimed return to normalcy.

Ethiopia says forces killed three top Tigray officials

Addis Ababa - Ethiopia said Wednesday its forces had killed three prominent members of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), whose leaders are the target of military operations in the country's northern Tigray region.

Ethiopia's Tigray conflict revives bitter disputes over land

Woldia - As rifle-toting militiamen fired celebratory rounds into the air, young men marched through the streets denouncing the former ruling party of Ethiopia's Tigray region as "thieves.

Ethiopia offers reward for help finding dissident Tigray leaders

Addis Ababa - Ethiopia on Friday offered a reward in exchange for information that could help locate leaders of the Tigray region's ruling party, who have been the target of a major military offensive.

UN announces $35.6 mn aid for civilians from Ethiopia's Tigray

New York - The United Nations announced Thursday a $35.6 million emergency aid package for civilians caught up in fighting in Ethiopia's Tigray region.

Tigray clamours for aid as conflict leaves hunger in its wake

Tesfaye Berhe looked on with worry as his farmhands stripped leaves from sorghum stalks dried brown by the blaring sun, wondering how he could salvage a harvest disrupted by heavy fighting in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region.

Delayed UN humanitarian convoys reach Ethiopia's Tigray

New York - Humanitarian convoys have begun to reach Ethiopia's northern Tigray region, a United Nations spokesman said Wednesday, after the area was cut off in early November by a government military offensive.

'Terrified' survivors recount attacks on civilians in Tigray

Woldia - The first shells landed before dawn, crashing through tin-roofed mud homes and sending Jano Admasi's neighbours fleeing for the cacti-dotted hills around her village in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region.

Civilians in Ethiopia's Tigray speak of horror as blackout lifts

Addis Ababa - Ethiopia said Monday that power and phone connections had been partly restored in Tigray, where civilians spoke of deprivation, fear and violence in the troubled region after six weeks of silence.

Elderly Ethiopian refugees in Sudan long for home

As fighting raged and bombs rained down on Ethiopia's Tigray region, 80-year-old Asafu Alamaya begged her daughters to flee with their children to Sudan, and to leave her to die at home.

Foreign aid convoy reaches capital of Ethiopia's scarred Tigray

Addis Ababa - The first international aid convoy arrived Saturday in the capital of Ethiopia's Tigray region since fighting broke out more than a month ago, triggering a refugee crisis and humanitarian disaster.

New exile for Eritrean refugees fleeing Ethiopia

Gedaref - Among the thousands of people fleeing the five-week-old conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region are a few dozen men, women and children from Eritrea, one of the world's most authoritarian states.

US urges Eritrea to pull out of Tigray after 'credible' reports

Washington - The United States said Friday it believed Eritrean forces had entered Ethiopia's Tigray region after a major offensive by Addis Ababa and urged their withdrawal.

Ethiopia insists it will control aid to troubled Tigray

Addis Ababa - Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed insisted Friday that his government would take the lead in delivering aid to Tigray, where his troops have been fighting forces loyal to the regional government.

UN announces Ethiopia deal on joint missions to assess Tigray aid needs

New York - The United Nations and Ethiopia have reached a new agreement for joint missions to assess humanitarian needs in the northern region of Tigray, Secretary General Antonio Guterres announced Wednesday.

End of a nightmare for Ethiopian refugee mother and child

Gedaref - It is every parent's worst nightmare: to be separated from their child.And that is exactly what happened to Otash, an Ethiopian woman now living as a refugee in Sudan.

Hope, joy for Ethiopian children at refugee-run school in Sudan

"Do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do!" an Ethiopian girl sings to her classmates, who are huddled together on a straw mat on the sandy ground of a refugee camp in Sudan.

UN says Tigray fighting hampers aid delivery despite deal

Addis Ababa - The United Nations said Friday that fighting continued "in many parts" of Ethiopia's Tigray, complicating efforts to deliver humanitarian aid despite a deal granting the UN access to territory under federal control.

UN given 'unconditional' aid access to Ethiopia's Tigray

Addis Ababa - Ethiopia has granted the United Nations access to deliver aid to the northern region of Tigray, following weeks of lobbying amid military operations there, according to an agreement seen by AFP on Wednesday.

Wounded flood hospitals after Ethiopia PM declares Tigray victory

Addis Ababa - Hospitals in the capital of Ethiopia's Tigray region faced an influx of trauma patients, an aid group said Sunday, a day after federal troops claimed control of the city and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said fighting was over.

Ethiopia's Abiy says Tigray fighting 'completed' as army claims regional capital

Addis Ababa - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said Saturday that military operations in the country's northern Tigray region were "completed" after the army claimed control of the regional capital, declaring victory in a three-week-old conflict that has left tho...

The midnight confrontation that helped unleash Ethiopia's conflict

It was late on the first Tuesday in November, and Captain Hussen Besheir, an Ethiopian federal soldier, was on duty at a guard post outside the military camp in Dansha. It was close to midnight when he saw headlights approaching.

Rockets target Eritrea as Ethiopia leader resists calls for dialogue

Addis Ababa - Eritrea's capital came under fire from Ethiopia's breakaway Tigray region Friday, raising fears that Ethiopia's internal conflict could spread as leader Abiy Ahmed resisted calls for dialogue.

Questions linger among the corpses of an Ethiopian massacre

Scores of freshly-dug graves fill the church compound in Mai-Kadra. Shovels abandoned by weary hands are strewn on the dirt among empty cans of lemon air freshener that fail to mask the stench of death.

Ethiopian PM rejects 'interference' ahead of surrender deadline

Addis Ababa - Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Wednesday said he rejected international "interference" in Ethiopia's affairs, hours before a deadline for Tigray's rebellious leaders to surrender or face an assault on their capital.

Inside a Tigray town scarred by Ethiopian conflict

A pair of burnt-out tanks now signals the entrance to the Tigray town of Humera, where the streets are lined with rubble and residents remain in shock after an Ethiopian army assault earlier this month.

Calls to protect civilians in Ethiopia as decisive battle looms

Gondar - International pressure mounted Tuesday on Ethiopia's warring parties to cease fighting and protect civilians in Tigray, where the army says it has encircled the capital ahead of a threatened bombardment.

Tigray leader tells Ethiopian PM his people 'ready to die'

Addis Ababa - The leader of Ethiopia's dissident Tigray region has said that his people are "ready to die" defending their homeland, rejecting Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's ultimatum that they surrender within 72 hours.

Inside a Tigray town scarred by Ethiopian conflict

A pair of burnt-out tanks now signals the entrance to the Tigray town of Humera, where the streets are lined with rubble and residents remain in shock after an Ethiopian army assault earlier this month.
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