Tigrayan forces take control of Ethiopia’s UN heritage town of Lalibela

Forces from Ethiopia’s Tigray region have taken control of the town of Lalibela, whose famed rock-hewn churches are a United Nations World Heritage Site, and residents were fleeing, eyewitnesses said on Thursday. Lalibela, also a holy site for millions of Ethiopian Orthodox Christians, is in the North Wollo Zone of the Amhara region in Ethiopia’s… Read More Tigrayan forces take control of Ethiopia’s UN heritage town of Lalibela

Tigray’s former leaders return to region as Ethiopian government declares ceasefire

The former rulers of Ethiopia’s Tigray region said on Monday they were back in control of the regional capital Mekelle after nearly eight months of fighting, and the government which ousted them declared a unilateral ceasefire with immediate effect. Residents in downtown Mekelle reported seeing rebel troops in the city for the first time since… Read More Tigray’s former leaders return to region as Ethiopian government declares ceasefire

Unknown assailants kill three MSF employees in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

Three employees working for the Spanish branch of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) were killed by unknown assailants in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, the medical charity said on Friday. MSF-Spain lost contact with a vehicle carrying the team on Thursday afternoon, it said in a statement. “This morning the vehicle was found empty and a few metres… Read More Unknown assailants kill three MSF employees in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

Dozens dead as airstrike hits town in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

An air strike killed at least 43 people in the town of Togoga in Ethiopia’s Tigray region on Tuesday, a medical official said, after residents said new fighting had flared in recent days north of the regional capital Mekelle. Ethiopian military spokesman Colonel Getnet Adane did not confirm or deny the incident. He said air… Read More Dozens dead as airstrike hits town in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

U.S. imposes restrictions on assistance to Ethiopia over Tigray crisis

The U.S. government said it was imposing wide-ranging restrictions on economic and security assistance to Ethiopia over the atrocities in Tigray, as well as barring current or former Ethiopian or Eritrean government officials it deems responsible for the crisis. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement on Sunday the new actions by the… Read More U.S. imposes restrictions on assistance to Ethiopia over Tigray crisis

UN human rights chief requests for access to investigate war crimes in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet called on Ethiopia on Thursday to grant U.N. monitors access to the Tigray region to investigate reports of continuing killings and sexual violence that may amount to war crimes. In a statement, she said that multiple parties to the conflict had been identified as possible perpetrators, including the… Read More UN human rights chief requests for access to investigate war crimes in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

Ethiopia’s Tigray regional forces give conditions for peace with government

Forces fighting Ethiopia’s military in the Tigray region laid out eight conditions on Friday for beginning peace talks, including the appointment of an international mediator and unimpeded access for humanitarian aid. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered air strikes and a ground offensive against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) – the former ruling party in… Read More Ethiopia’s Tigray regional forces give conditions for peace with government