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Ethiopia to launch ‘final phase’ of offensive in Tigray region, says PM

FILE PHOTO: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks during a media conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, October 29, 2018. Michel Euler/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) – The Ethiopian military will begin the “final phase” of an offensive in the northern Tigray region, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Thursday, after an ultimatum expired for Tigrayan forces to surrender. The government had given the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) until Wednesday to lay down their arms or face an assault on Mekelle, the regional capital of 500,000 people. Rights groups have raised concerns for civilians caught up in military operations in which thousands are already believed to have died since fighting began on Nov. 4. The United Nations estimates 1.1 million Ethiopians will need aid as a result of the conflict. It and other groups say they cannot enter Tigray to deliver aid, while refugees who have fled to Sudan are in urgent need of help. Reuters was not immediately able to reach the TPLF for comment on Abiy’s remarks. Claims by all sides have been impossible to verify because phone and internet connections to the region are down and access to the area is tightly controlled. “The 72-hour period granted to the criminal TPLF clique to surrender peacefully is now over and our law enforcement campaign has reached its final stage,” Abiy tweeted, adding that civilians would be spared and thousands of fighters had already surrendered. The TPLF has denied its fighters are surrendering. Both sides claim to have inflicted serious damage on the other, said Dino Mahtani, Deputy Director of the Africa Program at the International Crisis Group. “But federal forces appear closer to Mekelle amid reports of heavy combat between the two sides yesterday,” he said. Abiy’s office said authorities were distributing aid in areas controlled by the federal government in Tigray. Four camps for displaced persons were being established. A statement added: “This humanitarian assistance will now be further reinforced with the opening of a humanitarian access route to be managed under the auspices of the Ministry of Peace.” The U.N. humanitarian coordinator in Ethiopia, Catherine Sozi, told Reuters she had no information on such an access route. Nearly 43,000 Ethiopian refugees have fled to Sudan, but the numbers crossing have slowed from around 2,700 per day to just 700 on Wednesday. According to two humanitarian sources, refugees arriving in recent days said many were now being held back at the border. Two diplomatic sources said it was not immediately clear who was responsible for blocking them. “As far as we know, the border remains open,” Sozi said. Abiy says refugees are welcome to return. An aid worker at the Hamdayet crossing point in Sudan said Ethiopian soldiers could be seen on Wednesday “screaming” at refugees that it was safe to return. Islamic Relief said refugees could run out of food within days. “We are seeing many people with malnutrition, including pregnant women and malnourished new mothers who are trying to breastfeed their infants,” said Elsadig Elnour, Islamic Relief’s Country Director in Sudan. Abiy, who won the Nobel Peace Prize last year for ending a long-running stand-off with Eritrea, called on the people of Mekelle to “disarm, stay at home and stay away from military targets”. A diplomatic source said the TPLF “have mobilised lots of people in Mekelle. They are digging trenches and everyone has an AK47.” Tigrayan forces have large stocks of military hardware and number up to 250,000 men, experts say. African peace envoys sent to Ethiopia were expected to meet Abiy on Friday, two diplomatic sources said. The conflict pits Ethiopia’s federal government against the TPLF, which dominated the country until Abiy took power two years ago. Abiy accuses Tigrayan leaders of starting hostilities by attacking federal troops. The Tigrayans, who make up about 6% of Ethiopia’s population, say his government has marginalised them. Thousands of people are already thought to have died and there has been widespread destruction from aerial bombardment and ground fighting. TPLF rockets have hit the capital of neighbouring Eritrea. Daniel Bekele, head of the state-appointed Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, said “extreme caution to avoid civilian harm is of even greater importance, now, at this stage of the conflict”. Source: Reuters

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ACIA officer has reportedly been killed in combat in Somalia. The officer, said to be a former Navy SEAL, died in recent days, according to the New York Times, which first reported the story and quoted current and former U.S. officials. The unnamed individual is the 136th CIA officer known to have been killed on […]

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Ethiopia to launch ‘final phase’ of offensive in Tigray region, says PM

FILE PHOTO: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks during a media conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, October 29, 2018. Michel Euler/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) – The Ethiopian military will begin the “final phase” of an offensive in the northern Tigray region, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Thursday, after an ultimatum expired for Tigrayan forces to surrender. The government had given the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) until Wednesday to lay down their arms or face an assault on Mekelle, the regional capital of 500,000 people. Rights groups have raised concerns for civilians caught up in military operations in which thousands are already believed to have died since fighting began on Nov. 4. The United Nations estimates 1.1 million Ethiopians will need aid as a result of the conflict. It and other groups say they cannot enter Tigray to deliver aid, while refugees who have fled to Sudan are in urgent need of help. Reuters was not immediately able to reach the TPLF for comment on Abiy’s remarks. Claims by all sides have been impossible to verify because phone and internet connections to the region are down and access to the area is tightly controlled. “The 72-hour period granted to the criminal TPLF clique to surrender peacefully is now over and our law enforcement campaign has reached its final stage,” Abiy tweeted, adding that civilians would be spared and thousands of fighters had already surrendered. The TPLF has denied its fighters are surrendering. Both sides claim to have inflicted serious damage on the other, said Dino Mahtani, Deputy Director of the Africa Program at the International Crisis Group. “But federal forces appear closer to Mekelle amid reports of heavy combat between the two sides yesterday,” he said. Abiy’s office said authorities were distributing aid in areas controlled by the federal government in Tigray. Four camps for displaced persons were being established. A statement added: “This humanitarian assistance will now be further reinforced with the opening of a humanitarian access route to be managed under the auspices of the Ministry of Peace.” The U.N. humanitarian coordinator in Ethiopia, Catherine Sozi, told Reuters she had no information on such an access route. Nearly 43,000 Ethiopian refugees have fled to Sudan, but the numbers crossing have slowed from around 2,700 per day to just 700 on Wednesday. According to two humanitarian sources, refugees arriving in recent days said many were now being held back at the border. Two diplomatic sources said it was not immediately clear who was responsible for blocking them. “As far as we know, the border remains open,” Sozi said. Abiy says refugees are welcome to return. An aid worker at the Hamdayet crossing point in Sudan said Ethiopian soldiers could be seen on Wednesday “screaming” at refugees that it was safe to return. Islamic Relief said refugees could run out of food within days. “We are seeing many people with malnutrition, including pregnant women and malnourished new mothers who are trying to breastfeed their infants,” said Elsadig Elnour, Islamic Relief’s Country Director in Sudan. Abiy, who won the Nobel Peace Prize last year for ending a long-running stand-off with Eritrea, called on the people of Mekelle to “disarm, stay at home and stay away from military targets”. A diplomatic source said the TPLF “have mobilised lots of people in Mekelle. They are digging trenches and everyone has an AK47.” Tigrayan forces have large stocks of military hardware and number up to 250,000 men, experts say. African peace envoys sent to Ethiopia were expected to meet Abiy on Friday, two diplomatic sources said. The conflict pits Ethiopia’s federal government against the TPLF, which dominated the country until Abiy took power two years ago. Abiy accuses Tigrayan leaders of starting hostilities by attacking federal troops. The Tigrayans, who make up about 6% of Ethiopia’s population, say his government has marginalised them. Thousands of people are already thought to have died and there has been widespread destruction from aerial bombardment and ground fighting. TPLF rockets have hit the capital of neighbouring Eritrea. Daniel Bekele, head of the state-appointed Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, said “extreme caution to avoid civilian harm is of even greater importance, now, at this stage of the conflict”. Source: Reuters

CIA Officer Killed in Somalia Is 136th Known to Have Died Serving Spy Agency

ACIA officer has reportedly been killed in combat in Somalia. The officer, said to be a former Navy SEAL, died in recent days, according to the New York Times, which first reported the story and quoted current and former U.S. officials. The unnamed individual is the 136th CIA officer known to have been killed on […]

Dagaal culus oo ka dhacay garoon diyaaradeed oo ku yaalla dalka Itoobiya

Addis Ababa (Caasimada Online) – Garoonka diyaaradaha ee muhiimka ah ee ku yaalla magaalada Aksum ee waqooyiga Itoobiya ayaa isku bedelay goob dagaal, kadib markii ay ku dagaalameen ciidamo kala taabacsan dowladda federaalka iyo maamulka Tigrayga. Millateriga dowladda Itoobiya ayaa gebi ahaanba la wareegay gacan ku haynta garoonkaasi, sida ay xaqiijiyeen ilo wareedyo taabacsan millateriga Itoobiya, taasi oo keentay in ciidamada Tigrayga ay weerar ka geystaan garoonkaas. Xoogaga gaarka ah ee Tigrayga ayaa weerar aan kala joogsi laheyn ku hayay dhowrkii maalmood ee u dambeeyay garoonkaasi, iyagoo bur-bur xoog leh gaarsiiyay dhabaha ay ku ordaan diyaaradaha, sida ay baahisay warbaahinta dowladda. Warbaahinta dowladda Itoobiya ayaa baahisay sawiro u muuqda garoonka magaalada Aksum, kaasi oo uu ka muuqdo bur-bur xoogan, isla markaana laga dheehan karayo dhufeysyo laga sameeyay gudaha garoonka. Sidoo kale dowladda ayaa hore u baahisay inay gacanta ku dhigtay garoonkaasi, inkasta oo uu hoggaamiyaha Tigray, Debretsion Gebremichael oo 19-kii bishan la hadlay wakaaladda wararka ee Reuters uu sheegay inay gacantooda ku jirto magaalada Aksum oo ku yaalo garoonku. Debretsion ayaa si cad u kala sheegin in garoonka uu ku jiro gacantooda iyo in kale, midaasi oo sarre u qaadeysa sheegashada dowladda federaalka Itoobiya oo soo bandhigtay sawirada bur-burka. Si kastaba, waxa xiligan adag in warbaahinta madax-banaan ay xaqiijiso sheegashada labada dhinac, maadama ay weli go’antahay isgaarsiinta gobolka oo uu ka socdo dagaal xoogan. Let’s block ads! (Why?)

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