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Ethiopian forces recapture strategic towns of Dessie and Kombolcha from Tigrayan fighters

Ethiopian forces recaptured the strategic towns of Dessie and Kombolcha from Tigrayan fighters, the government said, the latest sign of the government retaking territory it recently lost. Forces aligned with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) had taken control of the towns, in the Amhara region, just more than a month ago. “The historic Dessie […]

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Ethiopian military air strikes hit Tigray region capital Mekelle killing at least three people

Ethiopian military air strikes hit the capital of the Tigray region and killed at least three people, reports said on Monday, returning the war abruptly to Mekelle after several months of peace. Ethiopia’s government, however, dismissed the reports. The raids, confirmed by two humanitarian workers, came days after a new military offensive was launched against the […]

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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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Ethiopian government forces completed operations to capture regional capital Mekelle: PM Abiy Ahmed

Government forces in Ethiopia are now “fully in control” of the regional capital of the northern Tigray region, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said. Abiy in a statement said the army was in full control and that this “marks the completion of the [military’s] last phase”. “I am pleased to share that we have completed and […]

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Government forces in Ethiopia begin offensive on Tigray capital Mekelle

Government forces in Ethiopia began an offensive to capture the regional capital Mekelle in the rebellious northern Tigray region on Saturday. The government said its military campaign is in its final stages after it gave the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) an ultimatum that expired on Wednesday to lay down arms or face an assault […]