World Ethiopia: the AU attempts mediation, concern grows for the refugees from Tigray

15:15  28 november  2020
15:15  28 november  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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.

Refugees from Tigray can hardly be supplied. Abiy remains defiant. The envoys had been sent to Addis Ababa to help mediate in the conflict, but the The international community has warned such a strike could violate the rules of war and has called for urgent mediation . Food 'will run out next week'.

Tigray refugees who fled the conflict in Ethiopia 's Tigray region, wait to receive aid at Umm Ethiopian PM rebuffs mediation attempts as Tigray deadline nears. Abiy Ahmed faces growing As someone who was born and grew up in Ethiopia , the author of this article is concerned about the

Un combattant des forces spéciales amhara à Humera, à la frontière de l'Ethiopie avec l'Erythrée, le 22 novembre 2020. © AFP - EDUARDO SOTERAS An Amhara special forces fighter in Humera, on the border of Ethiopia with Eritrea, on 22 November 2020.

Two days after the announcement of the offensive on Mekele, the provincial capital of Tigray, there is still little information on the progress of the fighting in the North, where telecommunications are still cut. The African Union met Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Friday morning, November 27, as concerns grow over the plight of civilians in Tigray. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the 100,000 Eritrean refugees in the 4 camps in the province, around Shire, will have nothing to eat "from Monday" if the Ethiopian authorities do not open the area.

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.

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. Misery continues for the refugees in Sudan, with little food, little medicine, little shelter, little funding and little or no contact with loved ones

Ethiopia 's Tigray Region. Ebba Kalondo, the spokeswoman for AU Commission Chairman Moussa Faki, confirmed the meeting but said she couldn’t On Thursday, the prime minister ordered his troops to attack Mekelle, the Tigrayan capital, after a deadline for the regional forces to surrender expired.

With our correspondent in Addis Ababa, Noé Hochet-Bodin and Léonard Vincent, of the Africa service of RFI

As promised, the three emissaries of the African Union were received by Abiy Ahmed this Friday morning in Addis- Abeba, to convince him to stop his advance on Mekele.

The Prime Minister continues to refuse this initiative. According to him, Tigray is a strictly national affair. He also denies emissaries access to the province, who wished to meet the leaders of the TPLF.

It's hard to know what's going on in Mekele. The city of 500,000 people is said to be calm at this time, diplomatic sources said. The fighting would be located about fifty kilometers away. Ethiopian state television reports that the army has retaken Wukro 40 km from Mekele, information still difficult to verify. Further north, rockets reportedly targeted the Eritrean capital Asmara again this Friday evening.

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.

The AU called for an immediate halt to hostilities on November 10 but the conflict only spiralled further, with Refugees crossing the border said those still trying to reach Sudan were cutting across fields to avoid detection by Ethiopian troops, who they said were blocking the main exit route from Tigray .

You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Ethiopia says Tigray capital encircled after surrender ultimatum.

Mekele still under blockade

Mekele is experiencing a fuel shortage. The province, under military and humanitarian blockade, could run out of food quickly, say the United Nations.

Despite more than ten days of negotiations, the government is preventing NGOs from providing assistance to the Tigrayan populations. Yet trucks filled with tons of food and medicine are ready to hit the road from Addis Ababa.

UNICEF sounded the alarm when it announced that around half of the province's residents were in need of humanitarian assistance.

Eritrean refugees left to fend for themselves

The landscape of the Eritrean border is a desolate plain. There, around Shire, are the barracks of Shimelba, Hitsats, Mai Ani and Adi Harush where 96,000 Eritreans live who have fled their country in recent years.

Since the start of the conflict, information from these camps has been scarce. On November 12, UNHCR announced that the fighting had drawn closer to Shimelba and that refugees would therefore be transferred to Hitsats, 50 km away. But a week later, diplomatic sources claimed that the war was approaching precisely this camp, with which no contact has been established since by the families of the refugees.

600 civilians were killed in massacre in Tigray, Ethiopia’s rights commission says

  600 civilians were killed in massacre in Tigray, Ethiopia’s rights commission says The report said a youth group, aided by the then-local administration, carried out the killings. The commission said at least 600 people were killed in the town of Mai Kadra in western Tigray on Nov. 9 when local youths known as Samri, aided by the then-local administration, went door to door killing those they identified as from the minority Amhara and Wolkait ethnic groups.

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 Here’s a look at why the Tigray issue became a flash point in Ethiopia , and what the situation there means for the broader region.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed again ruled out dialogue with the leaders of the defiant Tigray region Friday but said he was willing to speak to representatives "operating legally” there during his meeting with three African Union Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

In Adi Harush, the situation is tense. Reached by our colleagues from Radio Erena, a refugee explains that a young woman and a child were killed this week by a mortar shell fired by TPLF forces. The refugees who wanted to flee, he says, were stopped by the Fannos, these Amhara peasant militias who fight with the regular army and quarter around the camp. The Eritrean refugees are on their own, without water, without electricity and without much food reserves, he confirms. Their fear: the incursions of the Eritrean army and the exactions of the uncontrolled militiamen.

To listen: Offensive in Ethiopia: "For the populations, there is no way to escape from Mekele"

Ethiopia. Five questions to understand the conflict in the Tigray region .
© EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP A member of the Tigray police at a checkpoint in the suburb of the capital Mekele, September 9, 2020. An armed conflict rages on in the state of Tigray, in northern Ethiopia, since early November. It opposes the Ethiopian federal government and the regional government of Tigray. And pushes tens of thousands of Ethiopians to flee to neighboring Sudan. Explanations.

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