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. imposes sanctions on Eritrean military, individuals over conflict in Ethiopia

The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on the Eritrean military and other Eritrea-based individuals and entities, as Washington warned it was prepared to take action against other parties to the conflict in Ethiopia as it steps up pressure to try to bring an end to fighting. The U.S. Treasury Department blacklisted Eritrea’s military, its… Read More U.S. imposes sanctions on Eritrean military, individuals over conflict in Ethiopia

Ethiopian authorities detain over seventy UN drivers

Ethiopian authorities have detained more than 70 drivers working with the United Nations, an internal U.N. email said, amid reports of widespread arrests of ethnic Tigrayans. The ethnicity of the drivers was not clear. On Tuesday, a U.N. spokesperson said at least 16 U.N. staff and dependents had been detained in the Ethiopian capital Addis… Read More Ethiopian authorities detain over seventy UN drivers

Ethiopia detains sixteen UN staff and dependents

At least 16 United Nations staff and dependents have been detained in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, a U.N. spokesperson said on Tuesday, amid reports of widespread arrests of ethnic Tigrayans. “We are, of course, actively working with the government of Ethiopia to secure their immediate release,” U.N. spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New… Read More Ethiopia detains sixteen UN staff and dependents

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