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Sport EU crisis envoy urges Ethiopia to restore Tigray communications

22:31  03 december  2020
22:31  03 december  2020 Source:   msn.com

Ethiopia's Tigray: These refugees fled a town littered with corpses. They join tens of thousands making the journey to Sudan

  Ethiopia's Tigray: These refugees fled a town littered with corpses. They join tens of thousands making the journey to Sudan Thousands have made the journey from the Tigray region in Ethiopia to neighboring Sudan where they have been met with a shortage of food, beds and shelter. The UN described Tigray as a humanitarian crisis which will only escalate in the coming weeks. A town 'covered with corpses'Another survivor, Gashaw Maleda, said four of his friends escaped, but another 15 were killed. Tigrayan militias came with machetes and knives, looking for people from the Amhara region to kill, he said. © Marwan Ali/AP At least 30,000 refugees have fled to neigboring Sudan, according to the UN. "I hated being human at the time.

Flags representing the Tigray region of Ethiopia lining a wall in the Tigrayan city of Mekele. The region has experienced rising tensions with the federal government.Credit Eduardo Soteras/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images.

European Union officials are considering suspending budget support to Ethiopia because of the month-long conflict in the Horn of Africa nation’s Tigray EU Crisis Management Commissioner Janez Lenarčič will fly to Ethiopia on Tuesday to urge Peace Minister Muferiat Kamil to end a blockade on

The European Union's crisis management commissioner Thursday urged the Ethiopian government to restore communications in its northern Tigray region and called on both sides to cease hostilities.

a group of people sitting in front of a crowd: The European Union's crisis management commissioner Janez Lenarcic (L) met with Ethiopian refugees during a visit to the Um Raquba reception camp in eastern Sudan © Yasuyoshi CHIBA The European Union's crisis management commissioner Janez Lenarcic (L) met with Ethiopian refugees during a visit to the Um Raquba reception camp in eastern Sudan

"I urge... the Ethiopian authorities to lift the communication blockade," Janez Lenarcic said at Um Raquba camp in neighbouring Sudan, where he spoke with Ethiopian refugees who had fled their homeland over the last month.

Ethiopia warns civilians of 'no mercy' in Tigray offensive

  Ethiopia warns civilians of 'no mercy' in Tigray offensive NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia’s military is warning civilians in the besieged Tigray regional capital that there will be “no mercy” if they don’t “save themselves” before a final offensive to flush out defiant regional leaders — a threat that Human Rights Watch on Sunday said could violate international law. “From now on, the fighting will be a tank battle,” spokesman Col. Dejene Tsegaye said late Saturday, asserting that the army was marching on the Tigray capital, Mekele, and would encircle it with tanks. “Our people in Mekele should be notified that they should protect themselves from heavy artillery.

Tigray refugees wait to ride their bus going to Village 8 temporary shelter, near the Sudan- Ethiopia border, in Hamdayet, Dec. Humanitarians have struggled to feed them as they set up a crisis response from scratch. Communications and transport links remain almost completely severed to

Ethiopia has so far rejected calls for talks over the crisis , seeing its operation as internal "law enforcement". The conflict is rooted in long-standing tension between powerful regional party the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) and Ethiopia 's central government. When Mr Abiy postponed a

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed last month ordered military operations against the northern Ethiopian region's ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), in response to what he said were attacks on Ethiopian federal army camps.

Tens of thousands of refugees have since poured into eastern Sudan, with many complaining that they have not been able to re-establish contact with those left behind or lost on the scramble to leave due to a communications blackout.

"I spoke with a number of refugees in this camp today and what is perhaps most painful to hear is that they have zero information... about their relatives and friends who stayed behind," Lenarcic said.

Abiy on Saturday claimed the conflict was over after federal troops took control of the Tigrayan capital, Mekele, but the TPLF threatened a full-scale counter-offensive on Wednesday.

Lenarcic also urged Ethiopia's government to provide access for humanitarian workers and goods, while calling on both sides to "cease the hostilities".

Ethiopia has formally granted the United Nations access to deliver aid to Tigray, according to an agreement seen by AFP on Wednesday.

The agreement states that "the UN and humanitarian partners" can access "vulnerable populations in (government)-administered areas in Tigray".

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Ethiopian refugees in Sudan caught between camps and conflict .
Ethiopians who fled the Tigray region into Sudan are torn between a grim future in refugee camps and returning to an almost month-old conflict in their homeland. Others complained of marginalisation of the Tigray region and said the conflict had left them no choice but to start their lives elsewhere. "It is very tough here, but I will never go back to Tigray. We have no option to return," Tigrayan refugee Dagaf Abraha said from the Um Raquba refugee camp, some 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the border."Abiy Ahmed doesn't want the Tigray tribe in Ethiopia," Abraha said.

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