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Fighting in Tigray Region Has Ended: Ethiopian Army Chief

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Mekelle-cityNovember 28, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian army has captured Mekele City, the last stronghold of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) force marking the end of the 25-day fighting, the country’s army chief has said.

Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian Defence Force Berhanu Jula Saturday in a briefing declared the end of the fighting between federal and TPLF forces. “The march toward controlling the Mekele, capital of Tigray, was so smooth,” he said.

The chief of the Army congratulated all Ethiopians over the victory and the People of Tigray in particular for being liberated from the oppression of the

TPLF Bombs Bahir Dar, Gondar Airports; Warns Asmara

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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

Defense Forces Advancing to Mekele City: Ethiopian Army Chief

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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

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

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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

TPLF Vows Massive Retaliation for Latest Offensive

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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.


Ethiopia Imposes No Fly Zone in Northern Region

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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 g

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

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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 forc

Ethiopian Air Force Bombs Mekele City: Tigray Region

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Airforce-EthiopiaNovember 5, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian Air Force allegedly bombed Mekele city, capital of the Tigray regional state as the war between the central and Tigray regional forces continues.

The Tigray TV broke the news that the federal government conducted air strikes on Thursday evening around Mekele in an attempt to bow the people of Tigray, as reported by the DW Amharic News Service.

The region’s communication office said the attack would rather make the people of Tigray stronger to win the war.

The office mentioned nothing about the damage caused by the air strikes nor disclosed specific plac

National Defence Force Repelling Multiple Attacks by TPLF: PM Abiy

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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 th

Northern National Defence Command Now Part of Tigray Force: TPLF

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Tigray-special-forceNovember 4, 2020 ( -- The Tigray regional government said army commanding officers and troops of the Northern regiment of the Ethiopian defence forces have joined the regional militia and special force in defiance of the federal army.

“The army commanding officers and troops of the northern regiment currently are defending the people of Tigray from attacks of the federal government, Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) said in a statement

The Tigray region also prohibited flight over the sky of the region and barred any transportation services. “Any breach of TPLF’s order will be

War Breaks Out Between Federal Government, Tigray Region of Ethiopia

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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.<

Lemma Megerssa Dismissed as Central Committee Member of Ruling Party

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Lemma-Megerssa-dismissedAugust 9, 2020 ( -- In a stunning development, the Oromia Prosperity Party dismissed Defence Minister Lemma Megerssa as a member of its central committee.

In an extraordinary meeting held on Sunday, the party also dismissed two high-level officials, namely Dr. Milkissa Midega and Teyiba Hassen, as central committee members.

Lemma Magerssa is a prominent Oromo politician who was credited to have played a major role in ending the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) led government and facilitating conditions for the current Prime Minister to assume power in April 2018. The team that came to

Multiple Demonstrations Hit Ethiopian Cities, Demanding Release of Abducted Students

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Amhara-demoJanuary 28, 2020 ( -- In a marked display of anger, hundred thousands of people took the streets of Bahir Dar, Debermarkos, Woldia, Debre Birhan Durbete, Shewa Robit, Dangla and other cities in Amhara state of Ethiopia, demanding the immediate release of ethnic Amhara university students who were taken hostages by gunmen in Oromia region of western Ethiopia.

The demonstrators demanded the government to provide clear information on the whereabouts of the students and maintain the supremacy of law by taking legal measures against the kidnappers.

Early this month, Nigussu Tilahun, PM Office Press Secretariat Head, to

Sidama Becomes the 10th Ethiopian Regional State

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Sidama-VotesNovember 23, 2019 ( -- The Sidama zone has become the 10th Ethiopian regional state after its people won a landslide victory in the recent referendum.

Out of the total voters, 98.51 percent, numbering 2, 227,063, voted in favor of self-rule of the Sidama zone and the remaining 1.48 percent or 33,463 voted against the self-rule of the zone, according to preliminary results of the referendum announced by the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) on Saturday, November 23, 2019.

The board disclosed that there was high voter turnout and out the total 2,280,147 registered voters, 99.86 percent numbering 2,277,063

Death Toll Climbs to 27 in Continued Violence in Ethiopia

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death-toll-27October 25, 2019 ( – According to official reports, the death toll has climbed to over 27 following continued violence that hit more than 15 towns and cities in Oromia state of Ethiopia since Wednesday, October 23, 2019.

Two more people were reportedly killed in Ambo, in addition to three people killed on Wednesday. Eighty-year-old Morada Mossa was one of the victims. Dozens of others were reportedly wounded in clashes between security forces and protesters.

Ambo Hospital Medical Director Abebe Fetene was quoted as saying that two of the 14 injured people who were admitted to the hospital were dead on Thur

Power Generation Capacity of GERD Slashed to 5150MW – Ethiopian Minister

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Sileshi-Bekele-GERDOctober 17, 2019 ( – The power generation capacity of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) has been slashed to 5150MW, a senior Ethiopian official has disclosed, reversing an earlier statement made to the contrary.

The dam, that has been under construction since 2011, had been planned to have an installed generating capacity of 5,250 MW. However, due to the upgrading made on the power plant in the following years, its generation capacity was uplifted to 6,000 MW and again upgraded to 6450 in February 2017.

Briefing cabinet members on Thursday October 17, 2019, on the progress and contentious i

ADP Denounces the TPLF, Calls it Irredeemable

ADP-TPLFJuy 11, 2019 ( -- The Executive Committee of the Amhara Democratic Party (ADP) issued a strongly-worded statement denouncing the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF) as 'ant-democractic,' 'irresponsible' and 'irredeemable' organization. As bad as the TPLF statement was a couple of days ago, the ADP statement is nothing but total and unvarnished hostility towards the TPLF, and breathtaking in its takedown of the TPLF.

In a statement issued on July 11, 2019, the ADP not only rejected the statement issued by the TPLF a couple of days earlier, but also accused it as an organization that 'stood for two governments,' betrayi

TPLF Issues an Extraordinary Statement, Blames ADP for Current Situation

TPLF-StatementJuly 11, 2019 ( -- The Central Committee of the TPLF (Tigrayan People's Liberation Front) has issued an extraordinary and highly unusual statement condeming the current situation in Ethiopia and called on Tigrayans and the Ethiopian people to start a new struggle urgently to protect what it said the unity and stability of the country.

In an urgent, one-day meeting held in Mekelle city in Tigray, on July 9, 2019, the TPLF all but declared the current central government in Ethiopia unfit to lead the country and is responsible for all the grave situation the country finds itself currently.

In particular, the TPLF statement sing

Culminating a Turbulent Week, General Asaminew Tsige Shot Dead

General-Asaminew-Tsige-DeadJune 24, 2019 ( -- Brigadier General Asaminew Tsige was shot dead by Ethiopian security forces, according to Ethiopian state media, ETV. This marks the end of a few tumultuous days, the ramification of which is yet to be seen in the days and months to come.

General Asminew Tsigie is believed to have been behind the recent coordinated attacks in Bahir Dar city and Addis Ababa.

In those attacks, the Ethiopian Army Chief of Staff, General Seare Mekonnen, and Deputy Chief Administrator of Amhara region, Dr. Ambachew Mekonnen, were gunned down. Two other top leaders of the Amhara region were also killed in the Bahir

Amhara Administrator Ambachew Mekonnen Gunned Down

Ambachew-Mekonnen-deadJune 23, 2019 ( -- The chief Administrator of Amhara region Dr. Ambachew Mekonnen was killed following attack by gunmen, as per Amhara TV report. The gunmen attacked the leaders of the Amhara state while the leaders were in a meeting.

Also killed in the shooting was Azez Wassie, who was Amhara regional state political advisor on organizational matters.

Earlier yesterday, Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed and his press office disclosed that a coup attempt was made on the regional government of Amhara.

Dr. Abiy Ahmed said the Amhara regional government was attacked while it was in meeting in Bahir Dar city. Dressed in


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