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Sudan confiscates 72 boxes of weapon shipments from Ethiopian Airlines flight in Khartoum

Sudanese officials seized shipment of weapons at Khartoum airport arriving from neighboring Ethiopia, state media said. The shipment, which was confiscated late Saturday, arrived on an Ethiopian Airlines passenger flight, prompting an immediate launch of investigations, the SUNA news agency reported. Authorities were informed of “the arrival of a weapons shipment from Addis Ababa on […]

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Ethiopian military claims to have killed more than 5,600 Tigray rebel forces

The Ethiopian military claims it has killed more than 5,600 members of the Tigray rebel forces it is fighting in the north of the country. A bloody conflict has been raging since November, but the statement from senior general Bacha Debele gave no timescale for the casualties. Correspondents say they may be from recent battles. […]

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Ethiopia is developing local rival Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp for better monitoring of its population

Ethiopia has begun developing its own social media platform to rival Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, though it does not plan to block the global services, the state communications security agency said. Ethiopia has been engulfed since last year in an armed conflict pitting the federal government against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which controls […]

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Torrential rains trigger flash floods in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, 7 dead

Flash flooding kills at least seven people in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa after torrential rains, officials say. Firefighters waded through brown water to inspect flooded houses and in one instance walking through sludge with a stretcher to remove a body. Houses and cars were submerged by the waters after the downpour which pelted several […]

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Ethiopia: Tigray region rebels have taken control of UNESCO World Heritage town of Lalibela

Rebels from Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region have taken control of the town of Lalibela, a Unesco world heritage site in the neighbouring Amhara region. Lalibela, home to 13th Century churches hewn from rock, is a holy site for millions of Orthodox Christians. Thousands have been killed since war broke out last November. Fighting is now […]

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Ethiopia Parliamentary Elections: Abiy Ahmed wins another 5-year term with overwhelming majority

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has won the country’s delayed elections with an overwhelming majority, election officials announced on Saturday. The board said Mr Abiy’s Prosperity Party won 410 out of 436 seats, giving him another five-year term in office. However, a fifth of the country failed to carry out voting overall due to insecurity […]

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Ethiopia starts filling controversial dam on Nile River’s main tributary angering neighbours

Ethiopia started filling a controversial huge dam on the Nile River’s main tributary, raising tensions before an upcoming meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the issue. In a statement late on Monday, the Egyptian irrigation ministry expressed its “firm rejection of this unilateral measure” and said the move was “a violation of international […]

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Ethiopia declares ‘unilateral’ cease-fire in Tigray as rebels recapture capital Mekelle

Rebel forces in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region recaptured capital, Mekelle, sparking street celebrations and forcing officials to flee. Residents reported scenes of joy, with fireworks and thousands waving flags. The government, which took Mekelle in November after rebels rejected political reforms and captured army bases, has now called a “humanitarian ceasefire” in the region. There […]

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Ethiopia’s air force bombs market Tigray region killing dozens

At least 60 people were killed and 40 others wounded after Ethiopia’s air force bombed a market in the northern region of Tigray. The Ethiopian air force struck the town of Togoga on Tuesday, 25km from the region’s capital, Mekelle. The Ethiopian military denied targeting civilians, saying it carried out the strikes to neutralise “terrorists”. […]

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350,000 people in Ethiopia’s Tigray region face famine conditions: UN report

A high-level UN-led committee on humanitarian crises estimated about 350,000 people in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region are facing famine conditions. The 350,000 figure was presented at a meeting of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, comprising 18 UN and non-UN organisations chaired by UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock. The analysis, which diplomats said could be released publicly […]

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Rebel fighters take over Ethiopian county home to 25,000 residents: EHRC

A rebel group has taken control of a country in western Ethiopia that is home to about 25,000 people, reportedly killing civilians and abducting public servants, according to the country’s Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC). The state-appointed body said in a statement that it received reports that Sedal Woreda, in the Kamashi zone of the […]

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Eritrean troops have not withdrawn from Ethiopia’s Tigray region, they continue to commit atrocities: UN

The United Nations and its aid partners have seen no proof of a declared withdrawal of Eritrean troops from Ethiopia’s Tigray region, according to Mark Lowcock, the world body’s top humanitarian official, who also warned the situation in the embattled region has deteriorated. The comments came more than two weeks after Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy […]