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Aggression Against Tigrai by Abiy Ahmed Nov 2020

Aggression Against Tigrai by Abiy Ahmed Nov 2020

Key Dates and Facts:


12-4-20 - Ethiopian Airline Ethnic Profiling Reports...
Staff at Africa's largest airline are being ethnically profiled and excluded from work because they come from a region embroiled in a civil war with the Ethiopian government

Staff at Africa's largest airline are being ethnically profiled and excluded from work because they come from a region embroiled in a civil war with the Ethiopian government, employees have told the Telegraph

12-4-20 - New York Times On Mekelle Destruction Reports...
From Shelled Ethiopian City, Doctors Tally Deaths and Plead for Help

Abiy promised a swift, surgical military campaign in the restive province of Tigray. But doctors in the regional capital reported civilian deaths, looting and a looming crisis.

12-3-20 - A Known Eritrea Opposition Figure on Eritrea Role...
Mesfin Hagos: Eritrea’s Role in Ethiopia’s Conflict and the Fate of Eritrean Refugees Council meeting on Ethiopia

The prime minister also hid from the world the Eritrean military’s direct involvement in combat along the entire border that Eritrea shares with Tigray regional state as well as inside Tigray. The following information is pieced together from three different sources: first, reliable sources inside the Eritrean ministry of defense; second, Eritrean opposition intelligence sources in Sudan and Ethiopia; and finally, anecdotal pieces communicated from friends and relatives, including some academic researchers.

12-3-20 - Africa Confidential Reports...
Tigray leaders vow guerrilla war against the Federal government as they withdraw to the hills

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed may have declared success for his 'law and order operation' with the fall of Mekelle, the Tigrayan capital, on 28 November, but it is far from clear that the fighting is over (AC Vol 61 No 23, Hard choices ahead in Addis). There have been thousands of casualties on both sides and among the Eritrean troops committed to the conflict by President Issayas Afewerki,

12-2-20 - World Refugee & Migration Council Reports
World Refugee & Migration Council, officials, urge U.N. Secretary-General to convene Security Council meeting on Ethiopia

World Refugee & Migration Council, officials, urge U.N. Secretary-General to convene Security Council meeting on Ethiopia

12-2-20 - AP Reports UN, Ethiopia sign deal for aid access to embattled Tigray
UN, Ethiopia sign deal for aid access to embattled Tigray

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — In a breakthrough a month after deadly conflict cut off Ethiopia’s Tigray region from the world, the United Nations on Wednesday said it and the Ethiopian government have signed a deal to allow “unimpeded” humanitarian access

Audio/Video Resources:

(US House- ) The Unfolding Conflict in Ethiopia 12-02-20

(ABC) Ethiopia’s war displaces more than 40,000 people

(Aljazeera) How can the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region end? | Inside Story

Update - Tigrai Govt Current Statement

President Debretsion Update - Nov 18, 2020

Abiy Bombed Civilians in Mekelle City Tigrai - Nov 16, 2020

Aljazeera - Is the Horn of Africa facing a wider conflict?

War Update by Tigrai President - Nov 14, 2020

The president said the Abiy group bombed Wolkayit Sugar Factory today (11-14-20)- Wolkayit Sugar Factory is still under construction.

Tigrai TV: With Getachew Reda, update on the ongoing War Nov 14, 2020

Deadly conflict in Ethiopia threatens peace across the Horn of Africa
A deadly conflict in northern Ethiopia is raising concerns about the possibility of a full-blown civil war breaking out in the region. CBS News foreign correspondent Debora Patta spoke with CBSN's Tanya Rivero about the threat to peace across the Horn of Africa.

Abiy Group Bombed Hydro Power Station Nov 12, 2020 According to Tigrai TV, the Abiy group has bombed the only Hydro Power Plant in Tigrai

Isaias Afeworki of Eritrea has declared war on Tigrai. He has joined Abiy to destroy Tigrai on multiple fronts - Nov 11, 2020

Debretsion Gebremichael(PhD):Chief Administrator The National state Government of Tigrai
With English Translation- Nov 8, 2020

Update 11-6-20:- Abiy Ahmed, the current illegal head of government in Addis, told in no uncertain terms, that he will bomb more cities in Tigrai in the coming days. He said this in one of the daily diatribe speeches he gave over the Air(See below). The speech was in Tigrigna. We hope by now, the international community understands Abiy started the war and is deadly serious to harm the people! Aigaforum Nov 6, 2020

DW TV(Current Events)- Interview with Getachew Reda, TPLF Executive Leader- Nov 7, 20202

Air Strike Carried On Nov 5, 2020

President Debretsion briefing Nov 05, 2020

The Northern Ethiopian Forces Command sides with Tigrai people and government -

12-1-20 - UN refugee agency appeals
UN refugee agency appeals for $147 million to support thousands of Ethiopians fleeing to Sudan

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has launched an appeal for $147 million to support as many as 100,000 people fleeing Ethiopia’s Tigray region into neighbouring Sudan, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Monday.

11-30-20 - EU considers aid cut to Ethiopia
EU considers aid cut to Ethiopia amid violence

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Widespread conflict in Ethiopia that has driven tens of thousands of refugees from their homes, killed hundreds — possibly thousands — and dragged in neighbouring countries is prompting questions in Europe about whether to hold back tens of millions of euros in aid to the country.

11-30-20 - Situation Report EEPA HORN
Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 12 – 30 November 2020

Europe External Programme with Africa is a Belgium-based Centre of Expertise with in-depth knowledge, publications, and networks, specialised in issues of peace building, refugee protection and resilience in the Horn of Africa. EEPA has published extensively on issues related to movement and/or human trafficking of refugees in the Horn of Africa and on the Central Mediterranean Route.

11-28-20 - US Failing Ethiopia and Tigrai Article...
U.S. diplomacy is failing in Ethiopia, in new ways and old

The conflict in Ethiopia emerges from a long and complex political history and could easily spiral further out of control. U.S. diplomacy today is under-resourced and uncoordinated, with its leadership asleep at the wheel, leaving Washington poorly positioned to help avert the emerging disaster. America’s blunt diplomatic approach to Ethiopia historically, however, would struggle to play a constructive role, too.

11-28-20 - Destruction in Mekelle and Eritrean Refugee abduction Report...
Reports coming from the front line - The Abiy and Isaias group have started bombing Mekelle City. The city is being bombed indiscriminately. The aggressors are destroying all Tigrai infrastructures. Multiple eyewitnesses reported also the Eritrean regime has rounded up over 6000 Eritrean refugees from Shimeleba and Hendade camp in western Tigrai and taken them to Eritrea. The international community has blood in its hand for remaining silent on this issue.

11-27-20 - Crisis Group on " Bloodbath in Ethiopia’s Mekelle" Report...
Avoiding a Bloodbath in Ethiopia’s Mekelle

Civilians in Tigray have paid a heavy price since the conflict began on 4 November. More than 40,000 refugees have fled west Tigray towns such as Humera and Dansha into eastern Sudan, with some having to swim across rivers to get to safety. According to the United Nations

11-27-20 - Refugees Blocked Report...
Refugees accuse Ethiopia army of blocking road to Sudan

Ethiopia's army has blocked one of the main roads leading to Sudan, preventing people fleeing the Tigray conflict from crossing the border, according to refugees arriving Thursday in eastern Sudan.

11-27-20 - Eritrean Forces inside Tigray Report...
Report of heavy Eritrean casualties in Tigray war

(London 26/22/2020) Arbi Harnet (Freedom Friday) has been receiving confirmation that several Eritrean families are getting news of their wounded family members from the fighting in Tigray.

11-25-20 - UK UK Parliament Debate...
The debate in the UK Parliament today on Tigray in full

War in Ethiopia’s Tigray Province – Government challenged today to co-ordinate an international response to a potential genocide during exchanges in the House of Lords

11-25-20 - Coalition of Pan African Statement...
Statement from a Coalition of Pan African Organizations on the War in Ethiopia

We are deeply disturbed by the escalation of violence following the declaration of war on the regional state of Tigray by PM Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia on November 4, 2020. We are New York-based Pan African advocacy and humanitarian organizations representing the interest of Africa and Africans in the Diaspora in the U.S. and worldwide.

11-24-20 - on Genocide...
After the bombs they attacked with knives, claim Ethiopians fleeing peace prize winner’s war

Experts say the conflict could tear the country apart, cause catastrophic ethnic bloodshed, and destabilise the Horn of Africa Yared was trying to escape a government assaulton his hometown in northern Ethiopia with his children when he saw the bodies on the road.

11-24-20 -theGuradian on Genocide...
As Ethiopia’s army declares daily victories, its people are being plunged into violence

thiopia’s prime minister Abiy Ahmed has promised military victory in Tigray. He says he will capture the capital, Mekelle, and the leadership of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which he calls a criminal junta. If he succeeds, it will be a pyrrhic victory – prospects for peace, democracy and protection from famine in Ethiopia will be set back a generation.

11-22-20 -SMH Ethiopia on Edge of Genocide...
Ethiopia may be on the edge of genocide

Eastern Sudan: The women were midway through their labour when the hospital director came in and told Mihret Glahif she had to run for her life. It didn't matter that her patients were giving birth, the staff had to leave immediately.

11-22-20 -Ethiopia on GENOCIDEWATCH List
Ethiopia on GENOCIDEWATCH List

Addis Abeba, November 22/2020 – alert status : Genocide Emergency , Genocide stage: 9 - EXTERMINATION, AffECTED GROUP: Oromo, amhara, tigrayan, gedeo peoples

11-22-20 -EU ON Conflict in Tigray Report
Conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

On Wednesday 4 November, tensions escalated in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. Disputes between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in Tigray and Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed led to fighting in the Tigray region and at its borders.

11-20-20 -AU Appointed Special Envoys...

Addis Abeba, November 20/2020 – The current African Union Chair and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed three African “distinguished Statespersons”: Joaquim Chissano, former President of the Republic of Mozambique; Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, former President of the Republic of Liberia; Kgalema Motlanthe, former President of the Republic of South Africa – as Special Envoys of the African Union to help to mediate between “the parties to conflict” in Ethiopia, a statement released by the office of the AU Chairperson said.

11-20-20 -US Senators Letter to Sec State Pompeo...
Open Letter to Sec of State Pompeo

11-20-20 - lemonde Coverage...
Ethiopia: the growing worry of the Tigrayans of Addis Ababa

In Ethiopia, the growing worry of the Tigrayans of Addis Ababa.Since the beginning of the conflict between the government Abiy and the region of Tigray, the Tigrayans in Addis Ababa fear discrimination on background of ethnic tensions.
English Version(PDF)

11-19-20 - Washington Post Coverage...
Ethiopia's latest airstrike hits Tigray university

A university official says the latest airstrike by Ethiopia’s military has struck the school in the capital. Alarmed by the potential for disaster in Ethiopia and beyond, 17 U.S. senators urged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a letter Thursday to engage Abiy directly to push for an immediate cease-fire.

11-19-20 - UNHCR Situation Report #2...
UNHCR Ethiopia: Tigray Situation Update #2

The armed conflict which began late 3 November 2020 in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, and the subsequent military offensive ordered by the Abiy Ahmed’s Ethiopian Defense Forces (EDF) against the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), continues unabated....
UNHCR Ethiopia: Tigray Situation Update #1

11-19-20 - theguardian on Ethnic Cleansing...
Ethiopia: aid workers report chaos as thousands flee fighting

“There is a strong nationalistic fervour among the Tigrayans so I don’t think the Tigrayans are just going to yield. There is a big ethnic element here that is clearly escalating,” said a second aid worker. One flashpoint is between Tigrayans and Amharans from the neighbouring province. Amharan security forces and militia are fighting alongside government troops as they advance into Tigray.

11-18-20 - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) Statement...

11-18-20 - U.S. Senators Against UAE ...
U.S. senators seek to stop Trump's $23 billion in arms sales to UAE

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three U.S. senators said on Wednesday they would introduce legislation seeking to halt the Trump administration’s effort to sell more than $23 billion of drones and other weapons systems to the United Arab Emirates

11-18-20 - UN Reports...
Statement by Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, on Ethiopia

I am increasingly concerned about the evolving humanitarian situation in northern Ethiopia and neighbouring areas. Even before the current hostilities, nearly a million people in Tigray, and millions more who live in close proximity to its regional and national boundaries, were in need of humanitarian assistance

11-17-20 - The UK Govt Said...
Escalation of violence in Ethiopia: Minister for Africa statement

Minister for Africa James Duddridge has issued a statement on the escalation of violence in Ethiopia

11-17-20 - thetimes on Nobel committee Reports...
Nobel peace prize committee calls for end to civil war in Ethiopia

The Nobel peace prize committee has made a rare interjection in Ethiopia's bloody slide into civil war amid criticism that it was too hasty to honour the country’s prime minister.

11-17-20 - CNN Reports...
A full-scale humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Ethiopia, the UN says

(CNN)A full-scale humanitarian crisis is developing in the Horn of Africa as thousands of people flee ongoing violence in Ethiopia's Tigray region, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said Tuesday.

11-16-20 - Finally Nobel Committee Speaks...
‘Deeply concerned' Nobel committee urges deescalation in Ethiopia

The Nobel Committee was wrong to hastily award its prize to an unknown person
‘Deeply concerned' Nobel committee urges deescalation in Ethiopia

11-16-20 - AP Reports ...
Tigray leader urges international censure of Ethiopian offensive

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The leader of Ethiopia’s rebellious Tigray region has urged the United Nations and African Union to condemn Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government for using high-tech weaponry including drones during its nearly two-week military offensive.

11-16-20 - AP Reports On Uganda possible Mediation ...
Ethiopia says Tigray town seized, war embroils Eritrea

The United Nations and others have urged Abiy to negotiate with the Tigrayans and there have been reports Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s government could mediate.

11-14-20 - AP Reports ...
Diplomats: Rockets fired at Eritrea amid Ethiopian conflict

diplomats said, as the deadly fighting in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region appeared to spill across an international border and bring some of observers’ worst fears to life.

11-14-20 - SBS ON Horror in Tigray
Fleeing Ethiopians describe horror of Tigray fighting as UN warns of war crimes

Barefoot and nearing collapse, 10-year-old Tediest Gezriel is among the thousands of Ethiopians streaming into Sudan fleeing intense fighting, reporting artillery bombardments and air-strikes in their homeland of Tigray.

11-14-20 - Addisstandard On Reported Damages in Bahirdar and Gondar

Addis Abeba, November 14/2020 -The federal government said a rocket was fired "in the late hours of November 13, 2020 towards Bahir Dar and Gondar cities. As a result, the airport areas have sustained damages."

11-13-20 - Reuters On Ethnic Cleansing in Ethiopia
Ethiopians fleeing to Sudan describe air strikes, machete killings in Tigray

Barhat, 52, said she and others had fled from Moya Khadra after people from the Amhara region, which borders Tigray and whose rulers back Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, attacked them.“They killed anyone who said they were Tigrayan. They stole our money, our cattle, and our crops from our homes and we ran with just the clothing on our backs,” she said.

11-13-20 - On Ethnic Cleansing in Ethiopia
AU chief dismisses bloc's security head after Ethiopia raises loyalty concerns

ADDIS ABABA, Nov 13 (Reuters) - The African Union has dismissed its security head, an Ethiopian national, after the Ethiopian government accused him of disloyalty. The office of the bloc's chair, Moussa Faki Mahamat, ordered the dismissal of Gebreegziabher Mebratu Melese in a memo dated Nov. 11 that was reviewed by Reuters.
Read Also: Ethiopian police seeking lists of ethnic Tigrayans - U.N. report

11-12-20 - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Statement .

BOISE, Idaho – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the ongoing fighting in Ethiopia's Tigray region between the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF):.

11-12-20 - EU Statement Nov 12, 2020
Ethiopia: Joint Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell and Commissioner Janez

Ethnically targeted measures, hate speech and allegations of atrocities occurring in Ethiopia are deeply worrying. The demonisation of ethnic groups is a vicious and lethal cycle from which Ethiopia must be spared

11-12-20 - Abiy Group Bombed Hydro Power Station-
Abiy Group Bombed Hydro Power Station

According to Tigrai TV, the Abiy group has bombed the only Hydro Power in Tigrai. Tigrai TV on its Facebook page said over 10, 000 soldiers of the Abiy group and Isaias Afeworki's of Eritrea were captured. In retaliation to such humiliating defeat the Abiy group has resorted to an all-out war against civilians and civilian targets in Tigrai.

11-12-20 - Reuters on Civilians Killed by Air Strike
Tigray leader says Ethiopian air strikes have killed civilians

NAIROBI (Reuters) - The leader of Ethiopia's northern Tigray region said government air strikes had killed an unspecified number of civilians in recent days and vowed to defend his people until federal authorities realise "we cannot be subjugated by their knife".

11-11-20 - (New York Times) Ms. Lemma is the editor in chief of the Addis Standard Wrote ...
What's Happening in Ethiopia Is a Tragedy

(New York Times) Tsedale Lemma 11-11-20 - ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — The announcement last week that the government was about to launch a military operation into one of the country’s regions came, to put it lightly, as a shock. Not only was it very far from the emollient statecraft that won Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed the Nobel Peace Prize last year, it also seemed to shatter the purpose of his premiership...

11-11-20 - CNN on War Refugees Wrote ...
Thousands are fleeing into Sudan to escape deadly conflict in Ethiopia

London (CNN)Thousands of Ethiopian civilians have fled into neighboring Sudan to escape escalating conflict in their country's northern region, with many more expected to follow, according to Sudanese officials and the United Nations (UN).

11-11-20 - Bangkok Post Wrote ...
Ethiopia's new war and how its PM is to blame

Americans should congratulate themselves. Their election system is definitely better than Ethiopia's. In fact, it works so well that there's unlikely to be another American civil war.

11-10-20 - Reuters on Eritrea's Agression against Tigrai...
Ethiopia's Tigray leader says Eritrea sending troops over border

NAIROBI (Reuters) - The leader of Ethiopia’s Tigray region accused Eritrea of sending soldiers over the border and attacking local forces after the federal government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched an offensive against the region last week.

11-10-20 - Bloomberg on Ethinc Tigreans Abduction in Addis...
Ethiopian Police Drawn Into Nation’s Deepening Ethnic Strife

Two residents and a municipal official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they feared repercussions, said they had direct knowledge of Tigrayans being rounded up and detained. There were similar reports on social media.

Eye witnesses from the Sudanese border (and inside the Sudan) are reporting the fleeing of thousands of Ethiopian troops into the Sudan.

11-09-20 - EU Statement
The European Union is calling for the immediate de-escalation of Ethiopian-crisis

Brussels, 09/11/2020 - Over the past days, I have been holding talks to support efforts to restore peace and political dialogue in Ethiopia.During my talks , I conveyed the EU’s concern for the risks to the integrity of the country and the stability of the wider region should the current situation endure.

11-09-20 - Public Report on Impending Ethnic Genocide

Forcefully encamped innocent Tigrean Ethiopians were relocated today to undisclosed locations from the following places in Ethiopia.

11-08-20 - VOA wrote
UN Rights Chief Urges Halt to Ethiopia Violence, Dialogue to Restore Peace

GENEVA - Ethiopia’s stability is on the line as the recent outburst of fierce fighting in the country’s Tigray and Oromia regions risks getting out of hand. U.N. rights chief Michelle Bachelet called Saturday for a de-escalation of violence and for grievances in these separate but equally destructive conflicts to be settled peacefully.

11-06-20 - US Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) Statement
Members of Congress Weigh In Regarding Political Instability In Ethiopia

WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa issued the below joint statement with Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA), Donald S. Beyer Jr. (D-VA), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Jamie Raskin (R-MD), and Brad Sherman (D-CA) regarding instability in Ethiopia.

Update to All:- Update 11-8-20:- Following his promise to bomb cities and towns in Tigrai, Abiy Ahmed, the current illegal head of government in Addis, tried to bomb Adigrat on 11-07-20 and Mekelle, today (11-08-20). There are no reported causalities or damages as of now. According to Getachew Reda Twitter post, one of the planes was downed near Mekelle - Aigaforum Nov 8, 2020

11-08-20 - Aljazeera wrote
Ethiopian PM sacks top officials as Tigray conflict mounts

It said Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen had been appointed foreign and Birhanu Jula was promoted to army chief of staff, from deputy army chief. Abiy also named Temesgen Tiruneh, who was president of the Amhara region, as the new intelligence chief. The prime minister is pursuing a military campaign he announced in the early hours of Wednesday, despite international pleas for dialogue with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in order to avoid civil war.

11-08-20 - TheGuardian wrote
PM who won Nobel peace prize takes Ethiopia to brink of civil war

Abiy Ahmed made his name as a reformer – but was there always an authoritarian waiting to come out? The contrast between “besuited Abiy” and “bomber jacket Abiy” was sharp, as was that between Abiy’s early days in power back in 2018 – when observers compared the young reforming leader to Nelson Mandela, Justin Trudeau, Barack Obama and Mikhail Gorbachev – and the darker more troubled time now. For some, the real Abiy is only now being seen. “You don’t come up through the ranks of military intelligence and the ruling coalition in Ethiopia and be Mr Nice Guy. It just doesn’t happen,” said Martin Plaut, a regional expert at London University.

Update 11-07-20 - Ethnic Cleansing Campaign
Abiy Ahmed and his mercenaries in Addis have been killing, arresting, and harassing anyone who speaks Tigrigna. He has purged all Tigreans from federal government jobs including the remaining military under his control. He has also been incarcerating Eritrean refugees living in Addis with false charges. Recently ETV aired an image of four people the Abiy group charged as Tigreans working for the TPLF. According to an uncle of one of the accused, these four people are Refugees from Dekemhare Eritrea. The Uncle living in the U.S.A could not believe his eyes when he saw the picture. All efforts are being exerted to release these innocent Eritrean refugees. The International community should demand the Abiy group to stop the Ethnic cleansing campaign.

11-07-20 - President Debretsion letter to South Africa and African Union Chair-
Letter to President-Ramaphosa of South Africa from H.E. Debretsion Gebremichael ( PHD), President of Tigray National Regional State

H.E. Debretsion Gebremichael ( PHD), President of Tigray National Regional State has written a letter to H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa and chairperson of the AU and to H.E. Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission.

11-06-20 - An Account of What transpired the War of Aggression-
The International Community is Put on Notice: Ethiopia Can Become the Next Rwanda

Elias Dawit 11-06-20 - In April 1994, the government of Rwanda shot down the plane of President Juvénal Habyarimana, setting off a planned genocide that killed upwards of one million Tutsis and moderate Hutus. In a matter of mere months, ordinary Hutu-men, women and even children-slaughtered their family members, friends and neighbors with their machetes in a bloody paroxysm of hate. It is difficult to imagine the horrifying intimacy of using a machete to kill family members, friends and neighbors.

11-07-20 - The Economist
Ethiopia’s prime minister may be starting a civil war

Early on November 4th, while the world’s eyes were boggling at America’s elections, Abiy ordered his troops into action against the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (tplf), which runs Tigray, a northern region of Ethiopia (see article). He accuses the tplf of attacking an army...Ethiopia’s prime minister may be starting a civil war (PDF)

11-06-20 - New York Times Wrote...

  • Having Made Peace Abroad, Ethiopia's Leader Goes to War at Home
  • Why Did Ethiopia's Leader Launch a War on the Tigray Region?
    Ethiopia edged to the brink of civil war this week after Abiy Ahmed, its Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister, ordered a military offensive against the government of the country’s northern Tigray region.

  • 11-06-20 - AP News Explained...
    AP Explains: Why Ethiopia is suddenly on brink of civil

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Suddenly Ethiopia appears on the brink of civil war, threatening the stability of one of the world’s most strategic regions, the Horn of Africa, and the fracturing of one of Africa’s most powerful and populous countries.The TPLF objects to Ethiopia’s delayed election, blamed on the COVID-19 pandemic, and Abiy’s extended time in office. In September, the Tigray region voted in a local election that Ethiopia’s federal government called illegal. The federal government later moved to divert funding from the TPLF executive to local governments, angering the regional leadership

    11-06-20 - Crisisgroup Wrote
    Ethiopia's Clash with Tigray: Getting to a Ceasefire and National Dialogue

    Aside from the alleged TPLF attack on the military base, the immediate cause of the hostilities was a constitutional dispute over delayed national elections that brought the spat between the federal and Tigray authorities to a head. Given the likely catastrophic consequences of the conflict for both Ethiopia and the region, it is essential that all sides step back and halt hostilities before it is too late.

    11-05-20 - U.S Senior Study Group on Peace and Security
    Statement on Ethiopia by the Senior Study Group on Peace and Security in the Red Sea Arena

    As members of the bipartisan senior study group on peace and security in the Red Sea arena, we are watching with grave concern the situation in Ethiopia...These steps should include a cessation of military operations and the launch of an inclusive political dialogue that is credible to the Ethiopian people and lays the groundwork for free and fair elections. Neither will be possible while many of the country’s most prominent political leaders remain in prison

    11-05-20 - Aigaforum:
    Aggression Against Tigrai: What happened on Tuesday?

    (Aigaforum) Nov 5, 2020 - November 3rd, 2020, a date which will live in infamy. The date when the impulsive Abiy Ahmed declared a war against Tigray. What really went wrong for Abiy (and for Mr. Isayas) to declare war on Abiy’s Facebook/Twitter account?

    11-05-20 - CNN Reported
    Ethiopia's Abiy resists diplomatic pressure to halt offensive

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (CNN)Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed showed no sign on Thursday of halting a military campaign in the Tigray region, despite international pressure to avert civil war with a powerful ethnic faction."So far nearly two dozens injured -- all military, no civilians -- were treated in the health center of Abdurafi, located near the Tigray-Amhara border." Note: Abdurafi is a small town near the Sudan border and is within Amhara kilil/region eventhough most of the residents were Ethnic Tigreans for many years.

    Update to All:- It is true Abiy attempted to bomb a target in Mekelle today(11-05-20) . No reported damage or causality due to a strong Air defense. According to an expert, we talked to, the war has escalated and no Air Space in Ethiopia will be safe going forward. Aigaforum 11-05-20

    11-05-20 - Aljazeera Reported
    Ethiopia's Tigray region asserts that fighter jets have bombed locations around its capital, Mekele

    Ethiopia’s Tigray region asserts that fighter jets have bombed locations around its capital, Mekele, aiming to force the region “into submission”, while Ethiopia’s army says it has been forced into an “unexpected and aimless war”.

    11-05-20 - U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo:
    Pompeo expresses concern, urges peace in escalating Ethiopian conflict

    Pompeo expresses concern, urges peace in escalating Ethiopian conflict Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is putting the support of the U.S. behind the central Ethiopian government amid escalating conflict in the region and threats of an outbreak of civil war, calling for a de-escalation of tensions and the restoration of peace.

    11-04-20 - Amnesty International Wrote :
    The decision to send the military not only signals an escalation in tensions between the federal government and Tigray regional authorities, but also puts many lives at risk

    We call on the authorities in Ethiopia, both federal and regional, to ensure that international human rights law is respected in Tigray region, and, to ensure that people’s lives are protected

    11-04-20 - Security and Justice for Tigreans in Ethiopia (SJTE) Wrote a letter:
    Abiy Ahmed and Esayas Afewerki Planned and Started a Joint War against the Innocent People of Tigrai

    The unelected federal government of Ethiopia declared war on Tigrai on 4th November 2020. SJTE denounces this illegal and unjust war in the strongest possible terms. This declaration of war against Tigrai is an extension of the genocidal acts that Abiy Ahmed has been committing on the people of Tigrai. SJTE calls for an immediate cessation of all forms of aggressions and urgently come to an all-inclusive national dialogue.

    11-03-2020 - BBC Reported: -
    Tigray crisis: Ethiopia PM Abiy Ahmed orders military response to 'attack'

    Mr Abiy accused the region's ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), of launching the attack. The cabinet has declared a state of emergency in the region for six months. BBC Tigrinya's Girmay Gebru reports that sounds of gunfire could be heard in Tigray's regional capital, Mekelle, early on Wednesday morning but calm has since returned.

    11-03-2020 - Reuters and New York Times Reported: -
    Ethiopiaâ??s Leader Orders Military Action Against a Northern Region

    NAIROBI, Kenya - Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia ordered military action against a regional government in the country's north early Wednesday, in a major escalation of a simmering conflict.It was not immediately possible to verify that the purported attack described by Mr. Abiy, apparently with the purpose of seizing artillery and other military equipment from the army base, had indeed taken place. His statement, which said the attack had occurred that morning, was released by 2 a.m., which would make it a remarkably quick response.

    PM accuses Tigray of attacking federal forces
    ADDIS ABABA (Reuters)

    16-2-2013(EC) -
    Tigrai Govt Letter to the International Community

    President Debretsion Gebremichael (PhD) has written a letter to more than 70 leaders of countries and heads of regional and international organizations. He reminded the international community that it has been silent to the plight of Ethiopians. He also said the international community will share all the responsibility for what will happen to the country, and the region

    25-1-2013(EC) -
    Abiy and his government term expired. He started to govern the country as unelected government. Tigrai regional government which was elected on Sep 9, 2020 stopped recongnizing the Abiy group as a legal head of Federal Ethiopia.


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