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UN decries Ethiopia air strikes; says dozens killed this month (Al Jazeera)

The UN human rights office expressed alarm at “multiple, deeply disturbing reports” of air strikes in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, saying at least 108 civilians had been killed since the start of January.

Liz Throssell, an Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) spokesperson, described numerous attacks including on a private minibus, an airport and a camp for displaced people. At least 59 people died in the camp strike, making it the most lethal so far.

UN decries Ethiopia air strikes; says dozens killed this month | Abiy Ahmed News | Al Jazeera

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‘More than a dozen killed’ by Ethiopian drone attack in Tigray (Al Jazeera)

An air attack in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray on Monday killed at least 17 people, mostly women, and wounded dozens in the town of Mai Tsebri, two aid workers have told Reuters news agency, citing local authorities and witnesses.

Monday’s attack came on the day US President Joe Biden in a phone call raised concerns with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed about civilian casualties and suffering caused by air attacks.

‘More than a dozen killed’ by Ethiopian drone attack in Tigray | News | Al Jazeera

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Does Ethiopia’s PM want a peaceful end to the Tigray war? (Al Jazeera)

Ethiopia’s government appears to be offering an olive branch to end more than a year of conflict in the northern Tigray region.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is releasing several high-profile political prisoners, including leaders of the rebel Tigray People’s Liberation Front.

Abiy says this will pave the way for a national dialogue for lasting peace.

But some government critics called it a publicity stunt, especially after a government air attack killed at least 56 internally displaced people near the Eritrean border.

So, how genuine is Abiy’s offer of a peaceful solution?

Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom

Guests:

Awol Allo – Senior lecturer in law, Keele University

Kjetil Tronvoll – Professor of peace and conflict studies, Oslo New University College

Adem Kassie Abebe – Programme officer, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance

Al Jazeera contacted the Ethiopian government for this programme but did not get a timely response.

Does Ethiopia’s PM want a peaceful end to the Tigray war? | Abiy Ahmed News | Al Jazeera

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Aid groups halt work in northwest Tigray after deadly strike: UN (Al Jazeera)

Aid agencies have suspended their work in part of Ethiopia’s Tigray region after a deadly air attack on a camp for people displaced by the war, the United Nations’ emergency response agency has said.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement to the AFP news agency on Sunday that the attack in the town of Dedebit in northwestern Tigray had “caused scores of civilian casualties including deaths”, according to its preliminary information.

Aid groups halt work in northwest Tigray after deadly strike: UN | News | Al Jazeera

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Dozens killed in Ethiopian air strike on IDP camp in Tigray (Al Jazeera)

At least 56 people have been killed and 30 others wounded in Ethiopia’s Tigray following an air raid on a camp for civilians displaced by the brutal conflict in the northern region, according to rebels and humanitarian workers.

In a tweet on Saturday, Getachew Reda, a spokesman for the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) said “another callous drone attack” by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s forces on a camp for Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Dedebit had “claimed the lives of 56 innocent civilians”.

Dozens killed in Ethiopian air strike on IDP camp in Tigray | Conflict News | Al Jazeera

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Reports of Mass Detentions, Killings, and Forced Expulsions in western Tigray (US Department of State)

The United States is gravely concerned by unconfirmed new reports alleging mass detentions, killings, and forced expulsions of ethnic Tigrayans in western Tigray by Amhara security forces.  The UN reports that 1.2 million people have been forcibly displaced from western Tigray since the beginning of the conflict in November 2020.  We call on Amhara leaders to renounce violence against civilians.  We also reiterate our call on Eritrea to remove its forces from Ethiopia.  We urge the Ethiopian authorities to investigate these reports to determine their veracity and to commit to inclusive, transparent processes to hold responsible those accountable.

We call on all armed actors in Ethiopia to renounce and end violence against civilians.  We also reiterate our call for a cessation of hostilities, an immediate end to human rights abuses and violations, negotiations without preconditions, unhindered humanitarian access, and the start to an inclusive national dialogue.

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Air strikes target capital of Ethiopia’s Tigray; 3 civilians dead (Al Jazeera)

Ethiopian military air strikes hit the capital of the Tigray region and killed at least three people, witnesses said on Monday, returning the war abruptly to Mekelle after several months of peace.

Ethiopia’s government, however, dismissed the reports.

Air strikes target capital of Ethiopia’s Tigray; 3 civilians dead | Conflict News | Al Jazeera

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Tigray: Food aid reaches Afar and Amhara, but situation still ‘dire’ (UN News)

The first round of food distributions to people in Afar and Amhara regions impacted by the spread of the conflict in northern Ethiopia has been completed, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.

Tigray: Food aid reaches Afar and Amhara, but situation still ‘dire’  | | UN News

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The exemplary U.S. sanctions regime for Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict and its limitations (Vanda Felbab-Brown, Brookings)

On September 17, the Biden administration unveiled a new sanctions regime that in the coming weeks could be applied to a wide set of warring parties in Ethiopia. Its design and the diplomacy surrounding it are exemplars of a constructive U.S. engagement amidst an intensifying war and awful humanitarian situation.

Yet there should not be high hopes that the sanctions regime will dissuade the warring parties from persisting in their dangerous course.

The exemplary U.S. sanctions regime for Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict and its limitations (brookings.edu)

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