Tigrayan forces agree to ceasefire proposal, give conditions for actualisation

Rebellious Tigrayan forces in Ethiopia have said they will respect a ceasefire proposed by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government as long as sufficient aid is delivered to their war-scarred northern region “within reasonable time”. The government in Addis Ababa declared the cessation of hostilities on Thursday, saying it was to allow aid to flow into… Read More Tigrayan forces agree to ceasefire proposal, give conditions for actualisation

Ethiopian government declares unilateral truce with Tigrayan forces

Ethiopia’s government on Thursday declared an immediate, unilateral truce in its conflict with rebellious Tigrayan forces to allow aid into the northern province, although it was not clear how it would enforce it. “The government of Ethiopia hopes that this truce will substantially improve the humanitarian situation on the ground and pave the way for… Read More Ethiopian government declares unilateral truce with Tigrayan forces

Ethiopia begins electricity production at giant Nile hydropower plant

Ethiopia began producing electricity on Sunday from its Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), a multi-billion-dollar hydropower plant on the River Nile that neighbours Sudan and Egypt have worried will cause water shortages downstream. After flicking a digital switch to turn on the turbines in the first phase of the project, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sought… Read More Ethiopia begins electricity production at giant Nile hydropower plant

U.S. envoy meets with Ethiopian deputy PM in bid to revive ceasefire talks

A U.S. special envoy met Ethiopia’s deputy prime minister on Thursday in a bid to revive ceasefire talks, as the government gave permission for 369 aid trucks to enter famine-hit Tigray, where fighting began a year ago. Jeffrey Feltman and Olusegun Obasanjo, the African Union’s High Representative for the Horn of Africa, arrived in Ethiopia… Read More U.S. envoy meets with Ethiopian deputy PM in bid to revive ceasefire talks

U.S. orders non-emergency employees to leave Ethiopia as local conflict intensifies

The United States has ordered non-emergency government employees in Ethiopia to leave due to an armed conflict, civil unrest and ethnic violence, its embassy in Addis Ababa said on Saturday. “Incidents of civil unrest and ethnic violence are occurring without warning. The situation may escalate further and may cause supply chain shortages, communications blackouts, and… Read More U.S. orders non-emergency employees to leave Ethiopia as local conflict intensifies

Ethiopian opposition factions form anti-government alliance

A newly-formed alliance of Ethiopian opposition factions set a goal on Friday of bringing down Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed by force or negotiation to then form a transitional government. The government, already embroiled in a year-long war against northern forces, dismissed the creation of the alliance as a stunt and accused some members of past… Read More Ethiopian opposition factions form anti-government alliance

Several nations call for immediate ceasefire in Ethiopia as conflict escalates

African and Western nations called for an immediate ceasefire in Ethiopia on Thursday after Tigrayan forces from the country’s North said they made advances towards the capital this week. The U.S. special envoy for the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman, arrived in Addis Ababa to press for a halt to military operations and a start… Read More Several nations call for immediate ceasefire in Ethiopia as conflict escalates

Ethiopia declares state of emergency as Tigrayan forces consider marching on capital

Ethiopia declared a state of emergency on Tuesday after forces from the northern region of Tigray said they were gaining territory and considering marching on the capital Addis Ababa. The announcement on state-affiliated media came two days after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed urged citizens to take up arms to defend themselves from the Tigray People’s… Read More Ethiopia declares state of emergency as Tigrayan forces consider marching on capital