TERROR IN TIGRAY
Civil war has displaced many in Ethiopia's Tigray region and there is no end in sight to their misery. VOA's Heather Murdock travels to the largely cut-off conflict zone, as well as refugee camps in neighboring Sudan, to bring the story of a complex political situation and the growing humanitarian disaster.
ገ/ሚካኤል 10-29-21 - President Debretsion (Ph.D.), in his message to Tigrayans, said the only option left for Tigrayans to secure their freedom and peace is to finish the job. He assured them Tigray Army is more than ever well positioned to finish the job. He called on all Tigrayans to stand together and contribute their share also. He also assured Ethiopians and the world that although the atrocities and damages inflicted on Tigray are beyond comprehension, Tigray Army is not on a mission to revenge such atrocities on Civilians and infrastructure. Tigray Army's mission is to kill the enemy of peace. Civilians and noncombatants living in the rest of Ethiopia have nothing to fear from the Army advancing to topple Abiy from power and administer justice on those who are killing innocent civilians daily.
Update: From the War Front Line (10-28-21)
The war to remove Derge 2.0 has entered its final phase. Dessie is effectively under Tigray Army control. According to an informed source, it is only a matter of cleaning a few Fano remnants before Dessie and the environs including, Kombolcha, are secured.
According to Tigray Army Commanders, breaking the siege of Tigray is Tigray Army's top priority now but, it will leave no stone unturned before it administers justice on those ordering the bombardment of innocent lives in Mekelle. The Army knows who is ordering and carrying the mission to kill children and innocent lives in Mekelle and elsewhere in Tigray. The Army will hunt these killers where ever they may hide once Derg 2.0 is defeated. There will be no place for them to hide, says our source.
New airstrike in Ethiopia's Tigray capital; kids among dead
NAIROBI - A new airstrike hit the capital of Ethiopia's Tigray region on Thursday following several days of such strikes last week, and a Tigray spokesman asserted that six people including children were killed, as the year-long war intensifies.
"Unconditional" ceasefire: Is there any practical meaning to it?
Kalayu Abrha 10-27-21 - Why do people start war? No one would argue that it is for fun. War is an extension of politics; and politics is about ideologies and about group or national economic interests. Simpler differences in ideologies and interests may be resolved through give and take negotiations. The shared elements within the different ideologies and divergent interests may be used as basis for reconciliation and even to form coalition governments. When ideologies are polarized, and interests become irreconcilable each side would decide to impose its will on the other by force of arms.
Tigray External Affairs Office: Weekly Briefing Oct 26, 2021
TEAO 10-26-21 - It has been almost a year since the Abiy Ahmed government launched a genocidal war cloaked in the language of "law enforcement" operations, and 128 days since it imposed a deadly blockade on Tigray. Hundreds of Tigrayans continue to perish from hunger, with potentially thousands perishing across Tigray without the world and even their own government noticing as the comprehensive blockade on the region - telecommunications blackout, lack of cash, and severe fuel shortage - continues to place severe constraints on humanitarian operations and makes simple tasks such as sending and receiving timely
updates exceedingly difficult.
Ethiopian, Eritrean Armies and Amhara Forces are worse than ISIS?
Daniel T. Fidino Melbourne 10-26-21 - Of late, the slaughtering of war captives of Tigray Defense Force by Amhara forces has been making rounds on social media being slaughtered in a way reminiscent to the ISIS beheading of Eritreans and Ethiopians in Libya in April 2015. It is to be remembered then, in a matter of a day or two, Ethiopians gathered in Addis Abeba Meskel square and were asking themselves if the ISIS were real human beings and if ISIS had any religion or humanity./span>
Ethiopia's Civil War: Cutting a Deal to Stop the Bloodshed
thiopia's devastating civil war has worsened and broadened. Since June, the Tigray region’s forces have turned the tables on the federal military and its allies. Although their offensive has galvanised resistance, especially in the neighbouring Amhara region, Tigray forces have recently made new gains, increasing the pressure on Addis Ababa.y./span>
It does not matter if they agree or not, but Crisis Group has manufactured and nourished the current conflict in Ethiopia. They are partly to blame for the current genocide going on in Tigray. As if the damage they have done is not enough, they are still trying to sustain the ongoing conflict by insinuating Western Tigray is a contested area, not an occupied area. Funny though, the Crisis Group thinks the empire is still intact and worthy of an international effort to save it. Crisis Group, mark our words, Ethiopia is done, the emperor, as well as the empire, are naked.
Getachew Reda Interview with BBC News Hour
BBC News Hour coverage of the latest Air bombardment by Abiy Ahmed. Ethiopia has carried out two air strikes on what it describes as Tigray People's Liberation Front military positions in the west and north of Tigray province - expanding the range of its aerial bombardments beyond the regional capital Mekelle.
From President Debretsion (PhD) and Tigray Army Central Command to Dessie and Kombolcha Residents and Abiy Ahmed Leftover Soldiers. To the residents: mind your business and keep your peace, Tigray Army is after Abiy Ahmed and his foot soldiers. To the leftover soldiers dying worthless death: Give it up, It is over!
Fresh Ethiopian air force strikes hit Tigray region
(CNN)The Ethiopian government's air force carried out two air strikes in the northern
region of Tigray, government spokesperson Legese Tulu told CNN Sunday."Abiy Ahmed's Air Force did target a local
hospital in May Tsebri," the spokesman for the TPLF Getachew Reda tweeted Sunday."Ironically, they also targeted what little is left of Almeda Textike in Adwa," he wrote. "The textile factory had been totally destroyed by Ethio-Eritrean forces months ago."
Getachew further contradicted Legese, saying "no military targets" were hit.
Airstrikes on Mekelle City: a blatant breach of the laws of war
Fithi Nikulu 10-22-21 - In the last couple of days, the Ethiopian despotic regime has conducted air raids on Mikelle city, the capital of Tigray; civilians, including women and children, and civilian targets such as care homes for the elderly, institutions that care for mentally ill people, farmland, a hotel, and a university have been targeted. These are flagrant violations of the laws and customs of war; the Geneva Conventions (GCs) 1949, their additional Protocols (APs) 1977 to which Ethiopia is a party ban such heinous attacks on civilians and their objects./span>
Tigray Govt 10-22-21 - Tigray Government statement on the current political and military situation in Ethiopia. The government calls on all Ethiopians to rise up and stop the current human suffering and destruction of the country. It calls upon the people to question the fascist junta destroying their livelihood and causing the carnage of thousands of ill-equipped underage and senior civilians in Wello and Afar regions.
UN suspends humanitarian flights to Ethiopia's Tigray after air strikes
Ethiopia's latest aerial bombardment of Tigray's
capital city on Friday injured 11 civilians and forced a UN flight bound for the famine-threatened
region to turn around, humanitarian sources and doctors told AFP Friday.
The incident prompted the UN to suspend its twice-weekly passenger flights to Tigray
for humanitarian personnel, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters at a press conference.
Ethiopian airstrikes in Tigray force UN flight to turn back
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Ethiopian military airstrikes on Friday forced a United Nations humanitarian flight to abandon its landing in the capital of the country’s Tigray region, aid workers said, and a government spokesman confirmed that authorities were aware of the inbound flight. The development appeared to be a sharp escalation in the intimidation tactics that Ethiopian authorities.
Urgent Call to Condemn and Stop the Indiscriminate Aerial Bombardment of Mekelle City
SJT 10-22-21 - Today, is issuing this urgent press release to call on all world leaders, multilateral organizations such as the UN, European Union, African Union, international organizations,
human rights advocates, and prominent personalities to immediately condemn and act to stop the Ethiopian government's desperate and indiscriminate aerial airstrike of the civilian population in Mekelle...
Tigray TV(English): Direct Talk with Getachew Reda on Current Issues- Oct 22, 2021
Air strike hits capital of Ethiopia's Tigray for second time this week
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia launched its third air strike this week on the capital of the northern Tigray region on Wednesday, Tigrai Television, said the attack targeted the centre of the city of Mekelle but gave no details of casualties or damage.
The marauding Army of Abiy and Isaias knows well they did not leave any factory in working order in Mekelle when they were there a few months ago. They have destroyed all working factories in Tigray. The current bombing target is civilians. The aggressors want to terrorize civilians. Tigrayan's resolve to defeat Derge 2.0 will not be weakened by the current bombings. The bombings can only cement their determination to finish the job. Diaspora Tegaru and supporters should take the Shet Meanta slogan seriously. The enemy is uncivilized and cruel. Unless we all rise and fight the enemy head-on, more agony is yet to come on our people. Forget the International Community, if you must, lobby the US to declare no-fly-zone for all Tigray! Otherwise, just tighten your belt - Shet Meanta indeed!!
Zeru Hagos Oct 21, 2021
Mekelle is not intimidated nor is Tigray Army provoked by cowardly air raids
Kalayu Abrha 10-21-21 - History has been repeating itself several times in Tigray that after every major defeat of Ethiopian forces it is the air force that remains alive to fight in places where there is no battle. The air force is like a boxer outside the ring kicking and striking the air where there is no one in front of him to strike back. Seventy years ago, Weyenti of Tigray defeated Ethiopian forces at Emba Alaje and there was nothing that could prevent them from marching to Addis Ababa to dismantle the brutal monarchy
Tigray External Affairs Office: Weekly Briefing Oct 20, 2021
TEAO 10-20-21 - As part of its overall strategy of bringing the people of Tigray to their knees, the federal government denies the entry of medical supplies into Tigray. In our previous briefing (October 5), we had noted that 12 trucks carrying critical medical supplies were stranded in Semera, Afar, and that the government forced 9 of the trucks that attempted to leave for Mekelle to turn back from Serdo. Nothing has changed since then, except for the fact that the government has become even more adamant....