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World Tigray forces vow to fight on in Ethiopia despite Abiy Ahmed's call to surrender

14:20  24 november  2020
14:20  24 november  2020 Source:   cnn.com

Fleeing Tigray war, Ethiopians cross river into Sudan

  Fleeing Tigray war, Ethiopians cross river into Sudan Fleeing Tigray war, Ethiopians cross river into SudanHAMDAYAT, 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.

Tigray forces battling Ethiopian government vow to fight on despite ultimatum to surrender . Nairobi, Kenya Forces battling Ethiopia ' s federal government have vowed to continue the fight in the north of the country, despite a 72-hour ultimatum to surrender from Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

Tigray forces have vowed to continue fighting , making the federal government "pay for every move." Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has given the regional forces of the northern Tigray province a 72-hour ultimatum to surrender before the military begins an assault on the regional

Forces battling Ethiopia's federal government have vowed to continue the fight in the north of the country, despite a 72-hour ultimatum to surrender from Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, raising fears of further bloodshed in a conflict that threatens to destabilize the Horn of Africa.

a truck driving down a dirt road: A damaged tank stands abandoned on a road near Humera, Ethiopia, on November 22, 2020 © Eduardo Soteras/AFP/Getty Images A damaged tank stands abandoned on a road near Humera, Ethiopia, on November 22, 2020

"We are not concerned about timing, we are concerned about our final complete success," said the president of the Tigray region, Debretsion Gebremichael, on Tigray TV Monday night.

On Sunday, Ethiopia's Prime Minister warned members of the the region's ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), to surrender "within the next 72 hours, recognizing that you are at a point of no return."

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.

Ethiopia ' s prime minister has given forces in the northern region of Tigray 72 hours to surrender as government Abiy Ahmed told Tigrayan leaders they were "at a point of no return". The Tigray People' s Liberation Front (TPLF), which controls the mountainous region, has vowed to keep fighting .

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has given leaders in the northern region of Tigray a 72-hour ultimatum to surrender . The army has also warned civilians to get out of Mekele, the region' s capital Tigray forces have vowed to continue fighting , making the federal government "pay for every move."

But TPLF spokesperson Getachew Reda claimed their forces were putting up a strong fight on the frontlines and suggested that if the regional capital of Mekelle were captured by federal forces, the TPLF would simply change strategies to recapture fallen cities. "We will never let him stay safe for one minute," Reda said Monday on Tigray TV.

On Tuesday, Getachew, told Tigray TV that a prestigious Ethiopian army unit -- which he termed the 21st mechanized division -- had been "completely destroyed" in an assault at Raya-Wahirat led by a former commander of that unit who defected to the TPLF side, Reuters reported.

Billene Seyoum, the prime minister's spokeswoman, told Reuters that was not true.

CNN has not been able to verify statements made by either side due to a regional communications blackout.

Rebel Tigrayans fire rockets at neighboring Eritrea in escalation of Ethiopia conflict

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Forces from Ethiopia ’ s Tigray People’ s Liberation Front (TPLF) have destroyed an airport in the ancient town of Axum, according to state-affiliated media, as advancing federal troops gave them a 72-hour ultimatum to surrender . Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has told the TPLF

Abiy Ahmed says defence forces mobilised in Tigray region ‘to save the country’. Fighting has been reported in northern Ethiopia after the country’ s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed , ordered a military response to an “attack” by the ruling party of the restive Tigray region on a camp housing federal

Government forces say they are currently closing in on Mekelle ahead of a promised "final phase" of the military operation there following a stark warning to Tigrayan forces to surrender.

The federal military said the third and final phase of the military operation includes plans to surround the regional capital Mekelle with tanks, warning civilians to beware of artillery.

Ethiopia's federal government declared "war" on the TPLF earlier this month. Abiy, a Nobel laureate, ordered the Ethiopian Defense Forces (EDF) to lead a "law enforcement operation" in the area, which includes air strikes.

The conflict threatens to undo years of progress in Africa's second most populous country and the restive Horn of Africa region.

Hundreds have died and nearly 39,000 refugees have fled to neigboring Sudan, including 17,000 children according to the UN. Humanitarian organizations are struggling to provide services amid the tsunami of refugees.

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 conflict in Ethiopia ' s northern Tigray region has intensified as the army said it had been Birhanu Jula, the army' s deputy chief, said that soldiers from other parts of the country were being sent to fight in the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sparked fears of a civil war when he announced Wednesday that

Ethiopian forces have captured two towns from rebel forces in the northern Tigray region, the government said, as the fighting continues to escalate in a two-week war that has caused a growing humanitarian emergency. A government statement said on Friday that Ethiopian troops took the

"The response is scaling up, but the influx of arrivals is outpacing the capacity on the ground and additional funding is urgently needed," said the spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric, in a press briefing on Monday.

The conflict has spread to Eritrea, where the TPLF has fired rockets, and also affected Somalia where Ethiopia has disarmed several hundred Tigrayans in a peacekeeping force fighting al Qaeda-linked militants.

Cyril Ramaphosa, the president of South Africa and chairperson of the African Union, met the president of Ethiopia, Sahle-Work Zewde on Friday.

"I appreciate the readiness of the federal government of Ethiopia to work with the AU and receive the envoys to find a peaceful resolution to this conflict," Ramaphosa said in a tweet following the meeting.

The European Union, United States and United Kingdom have urged de-escalation since the conflict began.

Ethiopian PM issues 72-hour deadline for Tigrayan forces to surrender .
After weeks of deadly conflict in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has given Tigrayan forces a 72-hour deadline to surrender. © EDUARDO SOTERAS/AFP/Getty Images Abiy Ahmed (2nd L), Prime Minister of Ethiopia, is seen among members of a military band during an event to honour the national defence forces in Addis Ababa, on November 17, 2020.

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