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World Ethiopians flee Tigray capital in fear of imminent assault

11:26  27 november  2020
11:26  27 november  2020 Source:   msn.com

Escape from massacre: Ethiopians recall Tigray conflict horror

  Escape from massacre: Ethiopians recall Tigray conflict horror For Ethiopians who escaped intense fighting in their northern homeland of Tigray by fleeing into Sudan, they are now safe; but the terrifying nightmare of what they witnessed haunts them. "I saw bodies dismembered by the explosions," said Ganet Gazerdier, a 75-year-old sitting alone in the dust at Um Raquba refugee camp in eastern Sudan, newly opened to cope with a sudden influx of over 25,000 people fleeing air strikes, artillery barrages and massacres in Ethiopia.

Officials in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital , describe the offensive in Tigray as a “law enforcement operation” aiming to remove “traitorous” rebel leaders and restore central authority. The TPLF says it is defending its legitimate rights under Ethiopia ’s devolved constitutional system.

Tigray girl who fled the conflict in Ethiopia 's Tigray region, watches women cook in front of Next to the casualties, the danger of a major humanitarian crisis is imminent ." He called for an "immediate de-escalation" You might also like. Ethiopians cross to Sudan to flee fighting in northern Tigray region.

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — People continued to flee the capital of Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region in fear of an imminent assault after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the army had been ordered to move in for the “final phase” of an offensive to arrest the defiant regional leaders.

Tigray people who fled the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, stand on a hill top over looking Umm Rakouba refugee camp in Qadarif, eastern Sudan, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Ethiopia's prime minister said Thursday the army has been ordered to move on the embattled Tigray regional capital after his 72-hour ultimatum ended for Tigray leaders to surrender, and he warned the city's half-million residents to stay indoors and disarm. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty) © Provided by Associated Press Tigray people who fled the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, stand on a hill top over looking Umm Rakouba refugee camp in Qadarif, eastern Sudan, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Ethiopia's prime minister said Thursday the army has been ordered to move on the embattled Tigray regional capital after his 72-hour ultimatum ended for Tigray leaders to surrender, and he warned the city's half-million residents to stay indoors and disarm. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Fighting reportedly remained well outside Mekele, a densely populated city of a half-million people who had been warned by the Ethiopian government of “no mercy” if they didn’t separate themselves from the Tigray leaders in time. Abiy on Thursday told residents to stay indoors and disarm as the army, with tanks, was given the order to move in. His government has vowed to protect civilians.

Escalating conflict could threaten Ethiopia's economic success story

  Escalating conflict could threaten Ethiopia's economic success story Ethiopia is teetering on the brink of civil war as fighting intensifies in the north of the country, sparking fears that its economic transformation could be stymied by protracted conflict. Federal government forces loyal to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed are making advances in the semi-autonomous northern Tigray region, which is currently controlled by the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF). The TPLF led a coalition which ruled Ethiopia for almost three decades prior to Abiy taking office in 2018.

Tigray ’s leaders have complained of being unfairly targeted in corruption prosecutions, removed from top positions and scapegoated for the country’s woes The long-running feud became more intense after Tigray held its own elections in September in defiance of Abiy’s government, which had decided

The Ethiopian military will begin the “final phase” of an offensive in the northern Tigray region, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said in a statement, hours after an ultimatum for the Tigrayan forces to surrender expired. “The 72-hour period granted to the criminal TPLF clique to surrender peacefully is

Tigray men who fled the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, stand in line to receive food cooked by Sudanese women volunteers, at Umm Rakouba refugee camp in Qadarif, eastern Sudan, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Ethiopia's prime minister said Thursday the army has been ordered to move on the embattled Tigray regional capital after his 72-hour ultimatum ended for Tigray leaders to surrender, and he warned the city's half-million residents to stay indoors and disarm. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty) © Provided by Associated Press Tigray men who fled the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, stand in line to receive food cooked by Sudanese women volunteers, at Umm Rakouba refugee camp in Qadarif, eastern Sudan, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Ethiopia's prime minister said Thursday the army has been ordered to move on the embattled Tigray regional capital after his 72-hour ultimatum ended for Tigray leaders to surrender, and he warned the city's half-million residents to stay indoors and disarm. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Food and other supplies are running out in the Tigray region of 6 million people. The United Nations continues to urge immediate access for humanitarians that is neutral and impartial. Ethiopia’s government has said a “humanitarian access route” would open under the management of the country’s Ministry of Peace, with no details.

Ethiopian federal troops advancing on Tigray's capital says gov't spokesman

  Ethiopian federal troops advancing on Tigray's capital says gov't spokesman Ethiopian federal troops are closing in on Tigray's capital of Mekelle, Redwan Hussein, the government spokesperson for the state of emergency task force, told CNN on Wednesday. © Ethiopian News Agency via AP This image, made from undated handout video released by the state-owned Ethiopian News Agency on November 16, 2020, shows Ethiopian military in an armored personnel carrier near the border of the Tigray and Amhara regions of Ethiopia.

Ethiopia 's PM says the army's operation is in the final phase. "Thousands of Tigray militia and special force members have The African Union, whose headquarters is based in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, wants to send three representatives Several thousand refugees have already fled the conflict.

Ethiopian military are set to move on Tigray 's regional capital , Mekelle. (AP via Ethiopian News The Ethiopian military will begin the "final phase" of an offensive in the northern Tigray region The Government is telling thousands of Ethiopians who have fled to Sudan that they are welcome to return.

Sudanese women volunteer to cook for Tigray people who fled the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, at Umm Rakouba refugee camp in Qadarif, eastern Sudan, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Ethiopia's prime minister said Thursday the army has been ordered to move on the embattled Tigray regional capital after his 72-hour ultimatum ended for Tigray leaders to surrender, and he warned the city's half-million residents to stay indoors and disarm. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty) © Provided by Associated Press Sudanese women volunteer to cook for Tigray people who fled the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, at Umm Rakouba refugee camp in Qadarif, eastern Sudan, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Ethiopia's prime minister said Thursday the army has been ordered to move on the embattled Tigray regional capital after his 72-hour ultimatum ended for Tigray leaders to surrender, and he warned the city's half-million residents to stay indoors and disarm. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Multiple crises are growing. Refugees from Eritrea have been in the line of fire as fighting sweeps by their camps of nearly 100,000 in the region’s north.

And the BBC has reported seeing Ethiopian forces standing by the border with Sudan, and hearing from refugees that people are being impeded from leaving Ethiopia. Ethiopia’s government has not commented on that.

More than 40,000 refugees have crossed into a remote part of Sudan where local communities and humanitarian workers struggle to provide food, shelter and care. Nearly half of the refugees are children. The spread of COVID-19 is just one concern.

Ethiopia military: we will use tanks, artillery to capture city of Mekelle

  Ethiopia military: we will use tanks, artillery to capture city of Mekelle Ethiopia military: we will use tanks, artillery to capture city of Mekelle"The next phases are the decisive part of the operation, which is to encircle Mekelle using tanks, finishing the battle on mountainous areas and advancing to the fields,” Colonel Dejene Tsegaye, a military spokesman, told the state-run Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation.

A major battle for control of Ethiopia ’s Tigray state capital appears imminent and fears are mounting that numerous civilians who are unable to escape the Ethiopia 's Tigray Region. Mounting a land-based assault on Mekelle will be difficult. It’s situated in a hilly area accessed by steep, windy roads

Officials in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital , describe the offensive in Tigray as a “law enforcement operation” aiming to remove “traitorous” rebel leaders and restore central authority. The TPLF says it is defending its legitimate rights under Ethiopia ’s devolved constitutional system.

“We cannot keep social distancing here in the camp,” said Mohammed Rafik Nasri, from the U.N. refugee agency. “It is really challenging among the several issues in need that are growing because the number is growing. Today we are receiving a convoy of 1,000 arriving in the camp. And shelter is one of the biggest challenges that we have at the moment.”

Tigray people who fled the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, arrive on a bus at Umm Rakouba refugee camp in Qadarif, eastern Sudan, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Ethiopia's prime minister said Thursday the army has been ordered to move on the embattled Tigray regional capital after his 72-hour ultimatum ended for Tigray leaders to surrender, and he warned the city's half-million residents to stay indoors and disarm. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty) © Provided by Associated Press Tigray people who fled the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, arrive on a bus at Umm Rakouba refugee camp in Qadarif, eastern Sudan, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Ethiopia's prime minister said Thursday the army has been ordered to move on the embattled Tigray regional capital after his 72-hour ultimatum ended for Tigray leaders to surrender, and he warned the city's half-million residents to stay indoors and disarm. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Scared, sometimes without word of loved ones left behind, the refugees continue to share horrific accounts of the fighting and plead for it to stop.

“It makes me so sad. The country has no peace. You see one tribe killing another. It is so hard,” said one, Atsbaha Gtsadik.

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.

With communications and transport links severed, it remains difficult to verify claims about the fighting that erupted Nov. 4 between Ethiopian forces and the heavily armed forces of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, which once dominated Ethiopia’s government but has been sidelined under Abiy’s rule. The two governments now regard each other as illegal.

A general view of Umm Rakouba refugee camp which is currently hosting Tigray people who fled the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, in Qadarif, eastern Sudan, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Ethiopia's prime minister said Thursday the army has been ordered to move on the embattled Tigray regional capital after his 72-hour ultimatum ended for Tigray leaders to surrender, and he warned the city's half-million residents to stay indoors and disarm. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty) © Provided by Associated Press A general view of Umm Rakouba refugee camp which is currently hosting Tigray people who fled the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, in Qadarif, eastern Sudan, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Ethiopia's prime minister said Thursday the army has been ordered to move on the embattled Tigray regional capital after his 72-hour ultimatum ended for Tigray leaders to surrender, and he warned the city's half-million residents to stay indoors and disarm. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people have been killed. The fighting threatens to destabilize Ethiopia, which has been described as the linchpin of the strategic Horn of Africa, and could even destabilize its neighbors.

Abiy, last year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner, has rejected international “interference.” His government has said three high-level African Union envoys for the conflict can meet with him, but not with the Tigray leaders.

Ethiopian government begins offensive in Tigray capital city

  Ethiopian government begins offensive in Tigray capital city NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Ethiopian military on Saturday began an offensive in the Tigray regional capital in its quest to arrest the region’s defiant leaders. Tigray TV announced shelling in Mekele, a city of a half-million people. A report from the city confirmed it. The Tigray leader could not immediately be reached. Ethiopia’s government did not immediately comment. Ethiopia’s government had warned Mekele residents there would be “no mercy” if they didn’t move away from the leaders of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front in time.

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Tigray men who fled the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, work to build shelters at Umm Rakouba refugee camp in Qadarif, eastern Sudan, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Ethiopia's prime minister said Thursday the army has been ordered to move on the embattled Tigray regional capital after his 72-hour ultimatum ended for Tigray leaders to surrender, and he warned the city's half-million residents to stay indoors and disarm. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty) © Provided by Associated Press Tigray men who fled the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, work to build shelters at Umm Rakouba refugee camp in Qadarif, eastern Sudan, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Ethiopia's prime minister said Thursday the army has been ordered to move on the embattled Tigray regional capital after his 72-hour ultimatum ended for Tigray leaders to surrender, and he warned the city's half-million residents to stay indoors and disarm. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Fay Abuelgasim in Umm Rakouba, Sudan, contributed.

War not over, says Ethiopia's Tigrayan forces leader .
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