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World Fleeing Tigray war, Ethiopians cross river into Sudan

19:50  14 november  2020
19:50  14 november  2020 Source:   reuters.com

Ethiopia vows to replace Tigray government as conflict escalates

  Ethiopia vows to replace Tigray government as conflict escalates Ethiopian lawmakers voted Saturday to replace the current government of the federal state of Tigray, after the army launched air strikes to destroy military assets in the region in a worsening internal conflict. Fears are mounting over the prospect of civil war after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent federal troops and aircraft into the region with which Addis Ababa has been embroiled in a bitter feud. Abiy said Friday that air strikes had already neutralised "rockets that can hit a range of 300 kilometres (186 miles) from where they are stationed in Mekele City and other places in the vicinity", state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate reported.

Refugees fled to Sudan on Tuesday and the African Union appealed for a ceasefire in a north Ethiopian region where Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is About 2,500 Ethiopians have escaped across the border to Sudan from fighting in the restive Tigray region, with the exodus likely to swell fast, an

Thousands more refugees have fled fighting in northern Ethiopia ’s Tigray region and crossed into neighbouring Sudan , as fears grow that conflict between national and provincial forces could prompt a serious humanitarian crisis. As many as 10,000 Ethiopians are now thought to have already crossed

By Khaled Abdelaziz and El Tayeb Siddig

a group of people riding on the back of a boat: Ethiopians who fled the ongoing fighting in Tigray region prepare to cross the Setit River on the Sudan-Ethiopia border in Hamdait village in eastern Kassala state © Reuters/EL TAYEB SIDDIG Ethiopians who fled the ongoing fighting in Tigray region prepare to cross the Setit River on the Sudan-Ethiopia border in Hamdait village in eastern Kassala state

HAMDAYAT, Sudan (Reuters) - Ethiopians fleeing war in the northern Tigray region crossed a border river into neighbouring Sudan on Saturday, some in boats, some swimming or wading through the water.

Speaking to Reuters in the Sudanese border town of Hamdayat, they gave accounts of the escalating conflict in Tigray state, where government forces are battling fighters loyal to rebellious local leaders.

How Abiy Ahmed, Nobel Prize Laureate, Lost Control of Ethiopia’s Peace

  How Abiy Ahmed, Nobel Prize Laureate, Lost Control of Ethiopia’s Peace The Ethiopian has deployed troops on a restive populace, risking a regional escalationHe was, after all, a member of the very same autocratic ruling system that he had pledged to disrupt when he was appointed Prime Minister in 2018. That didn’t stop the Nobel committee from awarding him its highest honor in 2019 for his efforts to end long-standing hostilities with next door Eritrea and for promoting peace in the region. But a peace prize doesn’t necessarily guarantee peace.

Thousands of Ethiopians flee to Sudan -. Copyright © africanews. As of Friday evening, at least 21,000 Ethiopians had crossed into eastern Sudan , according to the regional head of Sudan 's Ethiopia 's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered military operations in Tigray last week in response to Many in the international community have cautioned against all-out civil war and have made appeals

Following the end of the Ethiopian Civil War in 1991, Ethiopia became a dominant-party state under the rule of the At least 2,500 Ethiopians have reportedly fled from the restive northern Tigray region to neighboring Sudan , with the ^ " Tigray conflict: Ethiopian refugees, soldiers cross into Sudan ".

a group of people on a beach: Ethiopians are seen at the Setit River on the Sudan-Ethiopia border in Hamdait village in eastern Kassala state © Reuters/EL TAYEB SIDDIG Ethiopians are seen at the Setit River on the Sudan-Ethiopia border in Hamdait village in eastern Kassala state

The small town is home to a camp hosting 8,000 refugees. Several hundred arrived on Saturday morning with hundreds more crowded onto the rocky bank of the Tekeze river.

Refugees told stories of artillery attacks and shooting in the streets, with fighting spilling over into neighbouring Amhara state.

Ethiopians sit with their belongings in Hamdait village on the Sudan-Ethiopia border in eastern Kassala state © Reuters/EL TAYEB SIDDIG Ethiopians sit with their belongings in Hamdait village on the Sudan-Ethiopia border in eastern Kassala state

With access blocked to Tigray and communications largely down, it was impossible to verify the state of the conflict or to corroborate the refugees' accounts.

Ethiopia’s Tigray leader confirms firing missiles at Eritrea

  Ethiopia’s Tigray leader confirms firing missiles at Eritrea NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The leader of Ethiopia’s rebellious Tigray region has confirmed firing missiles at neighboring Eritrea’s capital and is threatening more, marking a huge escalation as the deadly fighting in northern Ethiopia between Tigray forces and the federal government spills across an international border. Tigray regional President Debretsion Gebremichael, in a phone interview Sunday with The Associated Press, would not say how many missiles were fired at the city of Asmara on Saturday but said it was the only city in Eritrea that was targeted.

The troops from Ethiopia 's Amhara region neighboring Tigray fled into Sudan 's Qadarif province Monday evening. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene). At least 30 armed Ethiopian troops and “large numbers” of refugees fleeing the fighting in Ethiopia ’s northern Tigray region have crossed the

More than 10,000 Ethiopian refugees have crossed into Sudan since fighting broke out in Tigray . Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has claimed the western part of Humanitarian organisations in Ethiopia 's northern Tigray region have been unable to restock food, health and other emergency supplies, the

"We are hungry and we're afraid that they will kill us," said an old woman, referring to government troops battling the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF).

She spoke moments after paying the owner of a small boat 30 Ethiopian Biir (about 80 U.S. cents) to bring her across the river, while women and children were seen swimming. Refugees said one person drowned while trying to cross the night before.

Niqisti, 42, said her brother was shot dead by government-allied militiamen in front of their home in Humera in Tigray state and her small restaurant was looted. It was not possible to verify her account.

Ethiopians who fled the ongoing fighting in Tigray region, sit with their belongings in Hamdait village on the Sudan-Ethiopia border in eastern Kassala state © Reuters/EL TAYEB SIDDIG Ethiopians who fled the ongoing fighting in Tigray region, sit with their belongings in Hamdait village on the Sudan-Ethiopia border in eastern Kassala state

Sudanese officials were registering refugees.

"People are hungry and the flow of refugees is continuing but we have little to offer," said Salah Ramadan, head of the border town's administration.

As Ethiopia descends into civil war, civilians are caught in the crossfire

  As Ethiopia descends into civil war, civilians are caught in the crossfire More than 250,000 Ethiopian immigrants and their children live in the United States — more than from any other African country except Nigeria. More live in California than any other state.A man from the town of Alamata had climbed to the top of a hill, searching for a signal amidst a government-imposed blackout. He managed to pass along accounts that the regional government — the Tigray People’s Liberation Front — had placed a tank outside the city, camouflaged in green. Ten buses had arrived to bus residents of Tigrayan ethnicity to safety, leaving thousands of worried residents behind.

The troops from the Amhara region neighboring Tigray fled into Sudan ’s Qadarif province Monday evening, the SUNA report said, citing witnesses. The Ethiopian troops turned themselves and their weapons in, and appealed for protection as fighting raged over the border, said a Sudanese military

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said Friday that ongoing military operations in the country's north that have stoked fears of civil war "have clear, limited & achievable objectives.".

Mubarak Abdallah, a 28-year old Sudanese farmer, said supplies in the local food market were dwindling.

ERITREA

Hundreds of people have been killed since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent the national defence force on an offensive against local troops in Tigray last week, accusing them of attacking federal troops.

a group of people sitting at a zoo: Ethiopians who fled the ongoing fighting in Tigray region are seen in Hamdait village on the Sudan-Ethiopia border in eastern Kassala state © Reuters/EL TAYEB SIDDIG Ethiopians who fled the ongoing fighting in Tigray region are seen in Hamdait village on the Sudan-Ethiopia border in eastern Kassala state

Abiy has said government jets were bombing military targets in Tigray, including arms depots and equipment controlled by the Tigrayan forces.

But several refugees said their areas had been shelled by artillery from neighbouring Eritrea to support the Ethiopian army. Reuters could not independently verify this.

Tigray's leader, Debretsion Gebremichael, said on Tuesday that Eritrea had sent troops across the border in support of Ethiopian government forces but provided no evidence.

Eritrea's Foreign Minister Osman Saleh Mohammed denied this on Friday.

"We were shelled by artillery volleys from across the Eritrean border," said Naksiam Guru, a 22-year refugee who lives near the border. "I saw people dying in the streets."

Burhani Abraham, 31, who arrived four days ago with his wife and three-year-old child also reported shelling from Eritrea.

"I'm very hungry," he said, sitting in the crowded makeshift camp.

A 26-year old farmer from the Tigray region said the TPLF had tried to recruit him but he ran away. He did not want to give his name."I'm a simple farmer growing corn ... I'm afraid of war and death," he said.

(Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Ros Russell)

After escaping Ethiopia, mothers face giving birth in camps .
Like all mothers-to-be, Berekhti Burro dreamt of bringing new life into the world in a safe place, with love and care at home to give her baby the best start. But Burro, nine-months pregnant, was forced to flee intense fighting near her home in Humera in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region, trekking for hours in the blazing sun to safety in neighbouring Sudan. Now the 27-year-old sits with her husband in their new home; a makeshift shelter in the rapidly growing tent-town of Um Raquba refugee camp, some 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the border.

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