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Ethiopia Trashes Reports on GERD Filling

By Staff Reporter

GERD-filling-JulyJune 28, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopia has trashed reports that it will delay the filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Dina Mufti, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the country sticks to its schedule to begin filling the dam after two weeks while trying to resolve disputes with Egypt and Sudan.

“The position of the Ethiopian government is clear. Ethiopia is building the dam in line with international laws and does not need the approval of a third party to fill the dam,” Dina told local media.

Al-Haram, Al Jazeera, and Reuters as well as Egyp

Ethiopia Accuses Egypt of Conducting Cyber Attacks on Key Institutions

By Staff Reporter

Egypt-cyberattack-EthiopiaJune 24, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopia has accused Egypt of conducting state-backed cyberattacks against its key institutions in an attempt to disrupt economic and political activities.

The Ethiopian Intelligence office said Egypt based hackers namely Cyber Hopes Group, Anubis Hacker, and Security bypass conducted a coordinated attack to disrupt critical infrastructure activities including the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project.

The Information Networks Security Agency (INSA) in a statement said it foiled all the attempted attacks particularly those which were conducted on June 17, 19, 20, and 21, 2020 b

Ethiopians Will Die Defending GERD Project: Deputy Army Chief

By Staff Reporter

Berhanu-JulaJune 12, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopian Deputy Army Chief Lieutenant General Berhanu Jula said the people Ethiopia will not fear to die and defend their sovereignty over the hydropower dam project.

In an interview with the state-run Addis Zemen newspaper the deputy chief of staff said “Egyptians and the rest of the world know very well how Ethiopians manage and win war whenever it happens,”

The army chief accused Egyptian authorities of holding distorted views and threatening Ethiopia and others who want to make fair use of the Nile water.

The general’s comments come after Ethiopian Prime Minister

Ethiopia to Commence Filling GERD Reservoir Next July: Minister

By Staff Reporter

GERD-filling-JulyMay 11, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Tensions have gone up between Ethiopia and Egypt over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) after Egypt rejected Ethiopia’s new proposal on the filling of the dam.

Ethiopia reaffirmed that it would commence filling of the GERD’s reservoir next July during a ministerial meeting chaired by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Monday.

The water filling strategy for the dam has long been the most controversial issue and yet unresolved in the Nile talks between Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan.

Recently, Egypt's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sammy Shoukry submitted a 15-page c

Ethiopia Denying Entry to Eritrean Migrants

By Staff Reporter

Eritrean-Refugees-EthiopiaApril 24, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopia has denied entry permits for Eritrean migrants who want to cross to its territory, Ezega.com has learned.

UN agencies that are working on migration and aid organizations told VOA Amharic service that Ethiopia has denied Eritrean migrants access to its territory in secret since January 2020 against international law and its open-door policy.

The closure of borders for asylum seekers could subject the Eritrean migrants to use unsafe routes in trying to reach Europe and the US, the UNHCR warned.

Eritrean migrants in Ethiopia have had better chances to

Ethiopia to Close Refugee Camp Despite Outcry of Eritrean Migrants

By Staff Reporter   

Hintsats-refugee-campApril 17, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Agency for Refugees and Returnees Affairs (ARRA) has announced the decision to shut down the Hintsats refugee camp in Tigray regional state of northern Ethiopia and relocate the over 18,000 Eritrean refugees to other places.

ARRA public relations head Yassin Ali said the decision was made to help the refugees get better services and access to live in their favorite cities of Ethiopia.

Although the Ethiopian government did not disclose the real motive, many observers believe this is being done to satisfy demands from the Eritrean government

Over 300,000 Africans Could Lose Their Lives due to COVID-19: UNECA

By Staff Reporter

Covid-19-AfricaApril 16, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), in a new report on the coronavirus pandemic, says over 300,000 Africans could lose their lives due to COVID-19.

This, as the pandemic continues to impact on the Continent’s struggling economies whose growth is expected to slow down from 3.2 percent to 1.8 percent in a best-case scenario, pushing close to 27 million people into extreme poverty.

The Report, which will be launched virtually on the 17th of April and is titled, COVID-19: Protecting African Lives and Economies says Africa’s fragile health systems could see additional costs b

Ethiopian Airstrike Kills 17 Al-Shabaab Troops

By Staff Reporter

Ethiopian-Airforce-Bombs-Al-ShabaabApril 13, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Ethiopian Defence Force said it has killed several members of the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabaab extremist group with airstrikes in Somalia.

“A total of 17 al Shabaab troops who were members of the explosive crew were killed by the airstrikes at two places called Kortole and Hirkut,” the Ministry of Defence Forces said on Monday in a statement.

Colonel Habtom Zenebe, deputy commander of the eastern division of the Ethiopian airforce said the extremist force was about to launch attack on Ethiopian army which was escorting artillery from

Amnesty International Calls on Ethiopian Authorities to Rescue Abducted Students

By Staff Reporter

Dembi-Dollo-Kidnap-VictimsMarch 26, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Amnesty International is calling on the Ethiopian authorities to disclose measures it has taken to rescue 17 Amhara students of Dembi Dolo University in Western Oromia, who were abducted by unidentified people in November 2019 and have been missing since.

The anguish of the students’ families is exacerbated by a phone and internet shutdown implemented in January across the western Oromia region further hampering their efforts to get information about their missing loved ones, Amnesty International said in a statement on Thursday.

“The

Ethiopia Arrests Suspected Ringleader of Human Trafficking Gang, Five others

By Staff Reporter

NISS-ethiopiaMarch 13, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopian police said they have arrested a six-member migrant-smuggling gang including one of Interpol’s most wanted human traffickers - Kidane Zekarias Haftemariam.

Kidane Zekarias Haftemariam, the suspected leader of the smugglers in the Horn and North Africa and others were captured between March 3-13, 2020, during a joint operations conducted by federal police and the country’s intelligence Security Services and the-telecom, the federal police said on Friday in a statement.

Kidane and associates were allegedly engaged in the smuggling of migrants in coll

Ethiopia Working on New Proposal on Filling, Operation of GERD

By Staff Reporter

GERD-filling-EthiopiaMarch 11, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopia is to come up with a new proposal on the filling and operations of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) which will be tabled for discussion shortly with the downstream countries of the Nile.

The new proposal is drafted jointly by members of the Ethiopian negotiating group, water engineers from different universities and legal experts drawn from the federal attorney general and ministry of foreign affairs.

A PR expert in the Ministry of Water Irrigation and Energy told Ezega.com that Ethiopia’s new proposal will be tabled for discussion with Egypt and Sudan but othe

Ethiopia to Close Hintsats Refugee Camp in Tigray State

By Staff Reporter

Hintsats-refugee-campMarch 8, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The future for 18,000 Eritrean migrants in Hintsats refugee camp is uncertain as Ethiopian authorities announced the decision to shut down the seven-year-old refugee camp in Tigray region of northern Ethiopia.

The Tigray regional government warned that the refugees will face punishments if they are forced to return to their home country.

The Ethiopian government did not disclose why it has decided to close the camps in Tigray contrary to its international obligations and for which it was praised by world bodies for so long. Observers believe this has to do with regional politic

President Isaias Meddling in Ethiopian Affairs: Former Officials

By Staff Reporter

Seyoum-Mesfin-TPLFFebruary 17, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Senior members of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) said Eritrean president Issaias Afeworki is meddling in the internal affairs of Ethiopia.

The former high-level Ethiopian government officials were speaking at a meeting on the 45th founding anniversary of the TPLF held in Axum city, an ancient city of Tigray in northern Ethiopia.

In a recent briefing with Eritrean state-run TV, President Isaias Afwerki said that he was “worried about ethnic conflict in Ethiopia and announced plans to support Addis Ababa to resolve the political crisis.”<

Tigray Region Ready to Resolve Border Dispute with Eritrea: TPLF Chair

By Staff Reporter  

Debretsion-Badme-EritreaFebruary 13, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Chair of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) Dr. Deberetsion Geberemichael said his administration is ready to resolve the border dispute with neighboring Eritrea based on international laws and relevant provisions.

Briefing journalists in connection with the 45th founding anniversary of TPLF, Debretsion stressed the need for leaders of Tigray, Ethiopia, and Eritrea to come to a negotiating table to resolve the border issue and work for ensure real peace among their peoples.

Debretsion who is also Deputy President of the Tigray state accused

Eritrean President Blames TPLF for Unsettled Border Issue, Instability in Ethiopia

By Staff Reporter

Isaias-interview-02.2020February 9, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Eritrean President Isaias Afeworki has accused the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) for creating hurdles to resolve the unsettled border issue with neighboring Ethiopia. Calling the TPLF the “failed political group” in Tigray, he blamed the organization for implementing the peace plan.

Isaias was referring to the disputed lands in Badme town and surrounding areas that are currently administered by the Tigray state of Ethiopia.

“The situations in the disputed Badme town and surrounding areas have become worse, particularly after the diplomatic relat

Ethiopia Delays Signing of Final Agreement on GERD: Ethiopian Minister

By Staff Reporter

GERD-talksFebruary 6, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopian Minister of Water, Irrigation, and Energy Dr. Engineer Sileshi Bekele said Ethiopia has delayed the final agreement it was supposed to sign with Egypt and Sudan on filling and operations of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Briefing journalists on Wednesday, Sileshi said Ethiopia successfully negotiated the technical issues but it needs the legal aspects of the GERD talks amended and hence it wanted the agreement to be delayed.

In a recent address to the parliament, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the negotiation between Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sud

Flashpoint on the Nile: Egypt Destabilizing Ethiopia

By Dr. Aklog Birara

Egypt-EthiopiaJanuary 21, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- A flashpoint in current diplomatic relations in Africa today that can potentially lead to war is Egypt’s continued assertion that it will continue to exercise its hegemony over the Nile.

Historically, Egypt’s relations with Ethiopia have been characterized by mutual mistrust and suspicion. The core policy issue behind this intractable problem is Egypt’s belief that its hegemony over Nile waters is dependent on Ethiopia’s internal ethnic and religious divisions, it's continued socioeconomic, technological, national security and defense backwardness; and its

National Interest Not Compromised by GERD Deal: Ethiopian Officials

By Staff reporter    

GERD-GeduJanuary 17, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopia did not give away its national interest during the latest US-mediated talks in connection to the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), said Ethiopian Officials.

Given the fragile political situation in Ethiopia today, there have been persistent doubts by some Ethiopian observers as to whether the government has the capacity to conclude a fair agreement with Egypt, including the latest one which has raised several questions.

Briefing journalists after the tripartite talks in Washington DC, Ethiopian Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew said the

Ethiopian PM Calls for Mediation over GERD Project

By Staff Reporter

Ethiopia-South-AfricaJanuary 13, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has called on the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to mediate between Ethiopia and Egypt over the contentious Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project as the president takes over rotating chairmanship of the African Union Commission next month.

The premier’s request is reported as a first move by Ethiopia seeking a mediator, in addition to the involvement of third parties, namely the US government and the World Bank, on the negotiations of Africa’s biggest hydropower dam project.

The recent tripartite talks in Addi

GERD Talks Fail Due to New Demands from Egypt

By Staff Reporter

GERD-meeting-Addis-AbabaJanuary 10, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopia said the latest talks with Sudan and Egypt over the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project on the Nile River ended without agreement due to Egypt’s new demands.

Briefing journalists on the outcome of the latest talks held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy Dr. Sileshi Bekele said the discussion ended without agreement as Egypt came up with a new proposal suggesting that the dam filling period shall be between 12 and 21 years.

“Egypt has presented an ‘unf

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