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  • Ethiopian Authorities Accuse WHO Chief of Backing the TPLF

    By Staff Reporter

    WHO-Director-GeneralNovember 19, 2020 ( -- Ethiopian army chief accused Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr. Tedros Adhanom of backing the ‘dissident’ Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) to which he is a member and helping its fighters get weapons.

    Chief of Staff of the National Defence Force Berhanu Jula said Dr.Tedros has been lobbying political and military support for TPLF by abusing his post as Director-General of WHO.

    “Ethiopia’s ex-health minister has left no stone unturned and he has been insisting neighboring countries condemn the ‘government’s law enforcement operation’ in Tigray region,” Berhanu said.

    Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who was elected as Director-General of WHO in May 2017, also is accused of resisting the armed

  • Humanitarian Activities Thwarted in Tigray Region: UN

    By Staff Reporter

    UN-OCHA-TigrayNovember 18, 2020 ( -- The United Nations said humanitarian activities in Ethiopia’s Tigray region have been thwarted, threatening food insecurity among millions of people due to the ongoing conflict in the region.

    Roads to the Tigray region remain blocked due to the conflict in the region and humanitarian partners are warning that humanitarian supplies will soon be exhausted, putting millions at risk of food insecurity and disease, among other challenges," the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a release.

    "I am increasingly concerned about the evolving humanitarian situation in northern Ethiopia and neighboring areas," Undersecretary-General Mark Lowcock, the UN's emergency relief coordinator, said in a statement.

    "Even before the current

  • Ethiopia Blocks Bank Accounts of 34 Enterprises Owned by TPLF

    By Staff Reporter

    EFFORT-TPLFNovember 17, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian Government has blocked bank accounts of 34 enterprises owned by the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) for alleged engagement in multiple crimes including financing criminal activities such as ethnic targeted attacks in different parts of the country.

    The Office of the Federal Attorney General also accused the enterprises of trying to destroy the constitutional order by force and financing TPLF sponsored terror activities.

    The move by the federal attorney general comes two weeks after war broke out between federal army and troops who are loyal TPLF leaders in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.

    The companies are also charged with collaborating and extending financial support for TPLF forces currently fighting the federal army.

    Accordingly, the enterprises w

  • TPLF Took More Than 10000 Prisoners from Abandoned Towns: Ethiopian Military

    By Staff Reporter

    TPLF-PrisonersNovember 16, 2020 ( -- Retreating troops of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) took more than 10,000 young people as hostages from Raya and Alamata towns, Ethiopia’s army officer has disclosed.

    Human Resource and Media Section Coordinator with the National Defence Force Colonel Dejene Fikadu told ETV news that TPLF’s troops had been escorting the hostages to Mekele a few days before the Ethiopian army took control of the towns.

    “Before the young people were taken hostages, they had been kept in different detention centers without prosecution. They allegedly protested against identity crisis the people of Raya and Alamata had faced with,” he said

    Residents who expressed delight over the defeat of TPLF troops in freed areas of Raya and Alamata towns also confirmed TPL

  • TPLF Leader Confirms Bombing Eritrean Capital

    By Staff Reporter

    Asmara-Airport-bombedNovember 15, 2020 ( -- Leader of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) Debresion Gebremichael said his forces fired rockets at Eritrean capital and inflicted damages on Asmara Airport.

    “As long as Eritrean troops are fighting us, we will take any legitimate military target and we will fire,” Debretsion told local media. “We have the long-range missiles as well,” he added.

    There was no report of casualties from the rocket explosions inside Eritrea which is accused by the Tigray regional authorities of aiding Addis Ababa by providing it with men, and land access to launch attacks on the TPLF.

    Debretsion, who is also President of Ethiopia’s Tigray region, said TPLF troops are fighting against “16 regiments” of the Eritrean arm

  • PM Abiy Says TPLF is Dying; TPLF Leaders Claim Victory

    By Staff Reporter

    TPLF-claims-victoryNovember 13, 2020 ( -- Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) is cornered and dying as the law enforcement operations against it are gaining momentum, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said.

    In a message he conveyed for troops of TPLF in Tigrigna language, Abiy said TPLF leaders have reached a point where they cannot physically lead the war.

    He called on members of the Tigray special force and militia to submit to the defense army in the next two or three days and avoid possible casualties.

    In a speech delivered on Tigray Mass Media on Thursday, Debretsion Gebremichael-President of the Tigray region said neighboring Eritrea has joined the federal government to overpower Tigray forces.

    The president, who described the war as ‘fresh’, demanded a political solu

  • Ethiopian Parliament Strips 39 Tigray MPs of Immunity from Prosecution

    By Staff Reporter

    TPLF-stripped-immunityNovember 12, 2020 ( -- Ethiopian House of People’s Representatives on Thursday stripped its 39 members, including President of the Tigray region Debretsion Gebremichael, of immunity from prosecution.

    Accordingly, the house revoked immunity of Asmelash Weldesenbet, Abay Tsehaye, Dr. Ambassador Addisalem Balema, Getachew Reda, Atsebeha Aregawi and Gebregziabher Araya and other TPLF members.

    The house unanimously approved the resolution on removal of immunity of the Tigray region MPs from prosecution as presented to it by the federal attorney general.

    The attorney general said the Tigray MPs are accused of launching rebellion against the government, attacking the national defense forces and committing other related offences.

    The Council of Ministers the same day appro

  • PM Abiy Says “Military Operations Nearing End”

    By Staff Reporter

    PM-Abiy-AhmedNovember 10, 2020 ( -- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the military operation in Ethiopia's Tigray region is nearing an end after his forces claimed they have killed more than 500 troops of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) in heavy fighting.

    Abiy said military operations against the TPLF were "proceeding as planned and coming within reach of goal" as the African Union called for an immediate ceasefire and thousands fled the violence into neighboring Sudan.

    The Ethiopian Defense Force said it has killed 550 troops of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) on Tuesday in a battlefield in west of Tigray.

    In a statement issued on Tuesday, the defense force said it has seized 115 Kalashnikovs, 11 machine guns, 8 RPGs , 152 bombs, two snipers, 4 M-14 and other heavy weapons.

  • Defense Forces Advancing to Mekele City: Ethiopian Army Chief

    By Staff Reporter

    Gen-Berhanu-JulaNovember 8, 2020 ( -- Troops of the Ethiopian defense force are advancing to Mekele, the capital of Tigray regional state, a day after they took control of several areas in western Tigray, General Berhanu Jula, Chief of Staff of the national defense force has said.

    Berhanu told local media that the national defense force along with forces in the neighboring Amhara region fully controlled Dansha, Baeker and other places stretching from Shiraro to Shire towns in the Tigray region.

    The chief of staff said the federal force fully destroyed heavy weapons held by TPLF forces and has continued to dismantle the enemy’s traps all the way to Mekele city.

    Berhanu is confident that the war between the federal government and ‘rebel group” in Tigray region will end soon and those TPLF&r

  • Ethiopia Imposes No Fly Zone in Northern Region

    By Staff Reporter

    No-Fly-Zone-TigrayNovember 6, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority announced no fly zone in the northern part of the country as the war between the central government and northern Tigray region continues.

    The authority in a statement said there will not be any international or local flights crossing the Tigray region of Ethiopia and announced closure of Mekele, Shire, Axum and Humera Airports effective November 6, 2020.

    Accordingly, all Airmen have been notified through the proper communication channels via Notice to Airmen, NOTAM, the Authority said.

    The prohibition came days after the Ethiopian government said it has been forced into an “unexpected and aimless war” with its well-armed Tigray region, while Tigray asserted that fighter jets had bombed areas around its capital &mdash

  • Ethiopian Police Issues Arrest Warrant on 76 Generals, Military Officers

    By Staff Reporter

    Arrest-warrantNovember 19, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian Federal Police have issued arrest warrants for another 76 army generals and military officers for alleged treason by working with the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF).

    In a statement released on Wednesday, Ethiopian Police said the army general and senior military officers have been accused of having roles in the killing of members of the northern command division.

    Retired army generals and military officers are among the suspects whom police issued an arrest warrant for the second time after war broke out between TPLF and the central government two weeks ago.

    The army generals have also been charged with the instigation of several ethnic and religious-based violence and unrest which resulted in the killings of innocent people and destruc

  • TPLF Leader Calls on All Tigrayans to Fight Federal Army

    By Staff Reporter

    Debretsion-Gebremichael-calls-TigrayansNovember 18, 2020 ( --  The leader of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) Debretsion Gebremichael called on all Tigrayans to fight what he referred to as “Abiy’s fascist forces” as the federal army captures key towns in Tigray.

    Speaking to Tigray TV on Wednesday, Debretsion said TPLF forces have turned into offensive and defeated the federal army on all war fronts.

    However, Debretsion has confirmed to a local TV station that federal troops have captured Shire, but called it a "tem

  • PM Abiy Calls for Surrender as Fighting Intensifies in Tigray

    By Staff Reporter

    PM-Abiy-offensiveNovember 17, 2020 ( -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Tuesday announced the end of the three-day surrender deadline his government has given to Tigray Special Forces and militia to lay down arms.

    There are no reports of members of the Tigray special force and militia have given hands to the federal army following the premier’s call except those fighters who have surrendered amid battles in different places of Tigray.

    In a message conveyed in Tigrigna language three days ago, Prime Minister Abiy called upon the Tigray Special Forces and militia in Mekele to save their lives and help the national defense forces apprehended TPLF leaders without causing casualties.

    “The call for the Tigray Special Forces and militia to save themselves and the people around them, as Tigray Pe

  • Ethiopia in Conflict - Part I: EPRDF and the Creation of Ethnic Division

    By Abel Merawi

    Ethnic-federalism-EthiopiaNovember 16, 2020 ( -- When we seriously examine the genesis of every civilization, we see people who find themselves together without intentionality. In the beginning, some people are migrants, some relatives, some conquered and some conquerors. But time slowly begins to transform and unite this crowd, which becomes the identity of the nation this people call home. As people occupy the same space, they begin to have shared experiences too. Through the bond of marriage and through various processes of unification, they form a collective identity. This identity is used by the ruler of the land to create a nation. However, every civilization is bound to go through transformation together with the ideal that constitutes it. The life of the rulers of every civilization, remains as long as the ideal remains al

  • TPLF Bombs Bahir Dar, Gondar Airports; Warns Asmara

    By Staff Reporter

    Bahir-Dar-AirportNovember 14, 2020 ( -- The Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) fired rockets in the neighboring Amhara region and inflicted damages on Bahir Dar and Gondar airports, the Ethiopian government has disclosed.

    “In the late hours of Nov. 13, 2020, rockets were fired towards Bahir Dar & Gondar cities. As a result, the airport areas have sustained damages. The TPLF junta is utilizing the last of the weaponry within its arsenals,” Ethiopia Emergency Fact Sheet said in a statement.

    TPLF spokesperson Getachew Reda has confirmed that TPLF forces launched missile attacks on Gondar and Bahir Dar and threatened Asmara with a similar attack.

    Getachew said the attacks have carried out in retaliation for air strikes conducted by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s forces in various parts of

  • Arrest Warrant Issued on 96 Tigray Officials, Army Generals

    By Staff Reporter

    TPLF-LeadersNovember 12, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian Federal Police have issued arrest warrants for more than 96 army generals and officials in Tigray region for alleged crimes of treason, corruption and grave human rights violations.

    In a statement it dispatched to media houses, the federal police said the officials of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) and senior military officers have been accused of committing treachery by attacking the north command division of the national defense force and massacring its members.

    Police’s statement blamed the senior officials, military officers including army generals whom it referred to as ‘TPLF Junta’ for joining forces with the rebel Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) to destabilize the nation.

    The statement accused the ‘TPLF-Junta’ of financ

  • Ethiopian Police Arrest 17 Military Officers for Alleged Collaboration with TPLF

    By Staff Reporter

    Federal-Police-EthiopiaNovember 11, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian police said they have apprehended 17 senior military officers including army generals who allegedly caused communication breakdown between the central command of the national defense force and its northern regiment in Tigray region.

    The federal police accused the high ranking military officers (all Tigrigna speaking members) of collaborating with the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) junta for the massacre of undisclosed members of the defense force within the north command division by hacking the communication system.

    Police in a statement said Major General Gebremedhin Fikadu -nicked name Wedi Necho who was communication department head in Addis Ababa headquarters is a prime suspect for sabotaging the communication system and diverting it to TP

  • Tigray Region President Calls for Ceasefire, Negotiations with Federal Government

    By Staff Reporter

    Debretsion-GebremichaelNovember 9, 2020 ( -- The President of Tigray region Debretsion Gebremichael has called for a ceasefire between forces of the region and the federal government as the later vows to advance to Mekele city, the seat of the regional government, learned.

    In a letter he wrote to the African Union, Debretsion has called on the continental body to intervene and stop the and rescue the nation from sliding into civil war.

    The United Nations on Monday announced that the Ethiopian defense force and the forces of Tigray region are fighting at least in eight battlefields.

    Debretsion demanded the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also current chairperson of the African Union, to facilitate inclusive peace talks.

    “I have a firm belief that the politica

  • In a Dramatic Move, Ethiopian Prime Minister Sacks Foreign Minister, Defense and Intelligence Chiefs

    By Staff Reporter

    PM-Abiy-Ahmed-reshuffleNovember 8, 2020 ( -- In a dramatic move, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sacked General Adem Mohammed as Chief of Staff of the national defense force days after his government launched a military offensive against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

    In supervise reshuffle announced on Sunday, Abiy also removed Gedu Andargachew as Minister of Foreign Affairs and gave him a new role as Advisor to the Prime Minister on matters of national security.

    Demeke Mekonnen has been appointed as the Minister of Foreign Affairs while holding his current position as Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia.

    It is unclear if Adem Mohammed is appointed for a different role. He served in the position since June 2019 following the assassination of General Seare Mekonnen who was chief

  • TPLF Vows Massive Retaliation for Latest Offensive

    By Staff Reporter

    TPLF-vows-retaliationNovember 7, 2020 ( -- The Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF), the main opposition group in Ethiopia’s northern region has vowed massive retaliation for Thursday’s offensive launched against it by the federal government.

    Getachew Reda, executive member of the TPLF admitted the massive offensive operations against the region’s government and vowed for retaliation at the earliest time possible.

    Reda’s comment comes after Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said his government would take more offensive measures against TPLF that administers the region.

    The central government last Thursday bombed the missiles and artillery system in and around Mekele city, the region’s capital in a bid to deter possible use of the heavy weapons by TPLF for count

  • Airstrikes Destroyed Missiles, Artillery Systems Near Mekele and Other Areas: PM Abiy

    By Staff Reporter

    PM-Abiy-Ahmed-TigrayNovember 6, 2020 ( -- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the Ethiopian air force has conducted air strikes against the forces in Tigray region and completely wiped out missiles and other heavy artillery systems in the region’s capital and surrounding areas.

    In what he called the ‘first round of operations’, Abiy said the national army has made massive offensive operations and pushed the force of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) to the point where it cannot conduct retaliatory attacks.

    The missiles and heavy artillery were armed by the Northern Command Post of the defense force and according to the Prime Minister the air strikes against the missiles would deter TPLF from possible use of the weapons for retaliation.

    Abiy said the massive operations over the last t

  • National Defence Force Repelling Multiple Attacks by TPLF: PM Abiy

    By Staff Reporter

    Abiy-Ahmed-Tigray-ConflictNovember 4, 2020 ( -- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the national defence force successfully repelled the multiple attacks waged in various fronts by armed forces of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF).

    “The war waged by TPLF against Ethiopia endeavors to weaken the national defence force and subject the nation to fall victim of foreign enemies,” Abiy has said in his second recorded message on Wednesday after a war broke out between TPLF and his government.

    According to the premier, TPLF which he calls it “a traitor group” has done all its best to divide the northern regiment of the National Defence Force along ethnic lines and conspired to kill those troops who declined the plan.

    It is not clear If the the northern regiment of the national de

  • War Breaks Out Between Federal Government, Tigray Region of Ethiopia

    By Staff Reporter

    War-broke-out-TPLF-FederalNovember 3, 2020 ( -- War broke out between Ethiopia’s federal government and Tigray region after the regional government attacked military camp housing federal troops in the region, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced.

    In a recorded video message, Abiy said the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) on Tuesday night attacked a military camp, killing several soldiers and destroying military equipment.

    According to the Premier, TPLF also launched attacks in Mekele and other places of the region as well as in the Dalshah area bordering the Amhara region but shielded.

    Abiy said he had ordered a military response to the multiple attacks and called on the people of Ethiopia to watch out and defend possible attacks that may occur in different parts of the na

  • Tigray Region Chief Warns “All-Out War” against Central Government

    By Staff Reporter

    Debretsion-GebremichaelNovember 3, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia’s Tigray regional president Deberetsion Gebremichael has warned “all-out war” against the federal government if Addis Ababa carries out its threat to launch attacks targeting the people of Tigray.

    Briefing journalists on Monday, Debretsion accused the federal government of transforming political and economic pressures into forceful measures against the regional government.

    Accordingly, he called on the people of the region to stand in unison to defend the possible attack from the federal government.

    "We have finalized preparations to defend the war which is imminent. War is not an option but we would face it to defend our rights and win a political group that wants to kneel down our people,”he said

    Abiy Ahme

  • EU Begins Mediation between TPLF, Federal Government

    By Staff Reporter

    EU-mediationNovember 1, 2020 ( -- European Union reportedly began the mediation process between Ethiopia’s Tigray region and the federal government in an attempt to pull them from the brink of war over deepening political disputes.

    The mediation comes after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s appointed military general was blocked to assume position as deputy head of the northern army command in Tigray state but deported from Alula Aba Nega airport.

    The EU mediation team led by Vice President of European Union Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell held separate talks this week with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Tigray region President Deberetsion Gebremichael and high level officials of the two sides.

    Executive member of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) Getachew Reda confirmed toThe Repo

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    By Abel Merawi

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