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Ethiopia: Fear Tigray conflict could trigger all-out war

July 20, 2021|DW

More regional militias have pledged to march into Tigray. Some fear that this could send Ethiopia into a spiral of ethnic violence. Others see the move as a sign of Ethiopian unity.

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Ethiopia’s Tigray forces enter neighboring Afar region, Afar says

July 20, 2021|CNN

Forces from Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region have mounted attacks in neighboring Afar region, a spokesman for Afar said on Monday, marking an expansion of an eight-month-old conflict into a previously untouched area.

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Food aid convoy headed for Ethiopia’s Tigray attacked: UN

July 19, 2021|Yahoo

A convoy bearing food for Ethiopia’s war-hit Tigray came under attack at the weekend, the United Nations said Monday, dealing a further blow to aid distribution in a region threatened with famine.

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Genocide fears after Ethiopian PM vows to crush ‘weeds’ of Tigray

July 19, 2021|The Times

Ethiopia’s prime minister has vowed to wipe out the “cancer” of a rebel group in war-torn Tigray, prompting fears of genocide in a conflict that has raged since last November.

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July 2021 Employee of the Month: Abiy Ahmed

July 19, 2021|Tufts

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed inherited a state. He sacrificed it to the dream of an empire. On his current trajectory, Abiy’s political obituary will be that he left Ethiopians with neither state nor empire

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Ethiopia’s Tigray war spills into neighbouring regions

July 18, 2021|Yahoo

Rebels in Ethiopia’s war-hit Tigray have carried out operations against pro-government troops in neighbouring Afar region, a spokesman said Sunday, opening a new front in the widening eight-month conflict.

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Could the Tigray Defense Force Invade Eritrea?

July 17, 2021|The National Interest

Should the Tigray Defense Forces enter Eritrea or, more likely, organize and support Eritrean opposition forces, the Eritrean government may find that this conscript army will dissolve and defect.

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Ethiopia faces more Tigray fighting as famine looms

July 17, 2021|N World

Ethiopia is to launch a new military offensive against a rejuvenated rebel group in the northern region of Tigray.

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Ethiopia Warns News Outlets Not to ‘Mischaracterize’ Tigray

July 17, 2021|VOA

Ethiopia’s media regulator is warning foreign news outlets that publishing specific references that it says mischaracterize the country’s war-torn northern Tigray region will be met with legal consequences.

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How the conflict in Tigray is fraying Ethiopia’s finances

July 17, 2021|Al-Jazeera

Before the election of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in 2018, Ethiopia’s economy was growing fast. But the conflict in the Tigray region, sanctions and the pandemic have strained the country’s finances.

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Amnesty Calls on Ethiopia to Charge or Release Tigray Detainees

July 15, 2021|Bloomberg

Police raided dozens of Tigrayan businesses in the capital of Addis Ababa and ordered them to shut down, while hundreds still remain in detention and their whereabouts unknown, the rights group Amnesty International said Friday.

“Amnesty International is not aware of any internationally recognizable criminal charges against those still in detention who were arrested in these cases documented by the organization,” the organization said in an emailed statement calling on the government to charge or release the detainees.

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Ethiopia conflict heats up as Amhara region vows to attack Tigray forces

July 15, 2021|Reuters

Ethiopia’s war in the northern region of Tigray looked set to intensify on Wednesday as the prime minister signalled the end of a government ceasefire and the neighbouring Amhara region said it would go on the offensive against Tigrayan forces.

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Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis: Fleeing for fear of new ethnic conflict

July 15, 2021|BBC

Almost every night, a handful of young men slip across the well-guarded border, swimming across a fast-flowing brown river and trudging into Sudan to escape what they say is a sudden upsurge in ethnic violence in the far western corner of Ethiopia’s Tigray region.

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‘I came here to fight’: Rare footage of Ethiopia’s Tigray

July 14, 2021|AP

Tigray's president Debretsion Gebremichael speaks in public for the first time after the capture of the regional capital by Tigray forces, in Mekele, in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia on Thursday, July 1, 2021. Tigray leaders have rejected a unilateral cease-fire that Ethiopia’s government announced as its soldiers retreated from Mekele, and they have vowed to chase “enemies” out of the rest of the Tigray region. (AP Photo)
The 16-year-old girl hoped to go to war. Inspired by the sight of resurgent local forces marching in to retake the capital of Ethiopia’s Tigray region six months after being forced to flee, Meron Mezgeb waited in a crowd seeking to get a gun and join them.

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