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Ethiopia accuses aid groups of 'arming' Tigray fighters

Jul. 15, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia’s government has accused humanitarian aid groups working in its war-hit Tigray region of “arming” Tigray fighters and threatened to halt some groups’ operations there. The accusations reflect the latest frictions between...

'I came here to fight': Rare footage of Ethiopia's Tigray

Jul. 14, 2021 02:13 AM EDT

MEKELE, Ethiopia (AP) — The 16-year-old girl hoped to go to war. Inspired by the sight of resurgent local forces marching in to retake the capital of Ethiopia’s Tigray region six months after being forced to flee, Meron Mezgeb waited in a crowd seeking to get a gun and join them. ...

'Purely ethnic profiling': New wave of Tigrayans detained

Jul. 13, 2021 05:32 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Witnesses say thousands of Tigrayans are being detained and their businesses closed in cities across Ethiopia in a new wave of ethnic targeting by authorities over the eight-month conflict in the Tigray region. The detentions follow the...

Ethiopia's ruling party wins national election in landslide

Jul. 10, 2021 16:53 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia’s ruling Prosperity Party on Saturday was declared the winner of last month’s national election in a landslide, assuring a second five-year term for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The National Election Board of Ethiopia said the...

UN says Ethiopia's PM vows 'immediate' aid access to Tigray

Jul. 09, 2021 13:21 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia’s prime minister has promised “immediate access” for humanitarian groups to Tigray, the United Nations said on Friday, after the United States and the European Union compared the Ethiopian government's current treatment of the embattled region to a...

Ethiopian PM says massive dam inflicts no 'significant harm'

Jul. 09, 2021 11:49 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia’s prime minister on Friday sought to reassure Egypt and Sudan that the filling of his country's massive new dam on the Nile River “will not inflict any significant harm” on the two nations that are seeking international help to resolve a dispute over the...

UN: Over 400,000 people in Ethiopia's Tigray face famine now

Jul. 02, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations said Friday that more than 400,000 people in Ethiopia’s crisis-wracked Tigray region are now facing the worst global famine in decades and 1.8 million are on the brink, and warned that despite the government’s unilateral cease-fire there is...

Bridge key to delivering aid to Ethiopia's Tigray destroyed

Jul. 01, 2021 17:37 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A bridge that’s crucial to delivering desperately needed food to much of Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region has been destroyed, aid groups said Thursday as Tigray fighters were said to be approaching other combatants occupying large areas nearby. ...

Ethiopia's Tigray 'extremely fluid' as cease-fire in doubt

Jun. 30, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia’s government on Wednesday said its military could re-enter the capital of its embattled Tigray region within weeks, calling into question the unilateral cease-fire it declared in Tigray just days ago. Ethiopia also asserted that soldiers...

Trapped in Ethiopia's Tigray, people 'falling like leaves'

Jun. 30, 2021 09:34 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The plea arrived from a remote area that had so far produced only rumors and residents fleeing for their lives. Help us, the letter said, stamped and signed by a local official. At least 125 people have already starved to death. Trapped in one of...