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Media Roll-up: July 12th-25th

Conflict

Reuters, July 25th, 2021

ADDIS ABABA, July 25 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's Amhara state on Sunday called on "all young people" to take up arms against Tigrayan fighters who are battling the federal government military and forces from all of Ethiopia's other nine regions.


Associated Press, July 14th, 2021

MEKELE, Ethiopia (AP) — 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.


Catherine Wambua-Soi, July 16th, 2021, Al Jazeera

Deputy president of Amhara region, Fanta Mandefro, tells Al Jazeera additional forces deployed to borders with Tigray.


Reuters, July 23rd, 2021

ADDIS ABABA, July 23 (Reuters) - The parents of thousands of Ethiopian students stranded in the war-ravaged northern region of Tigray on Friday appealed for help to evacuate them after the main university warned it could not feed them for much longer amid food and cash shortages.


Dawit Endeshaw, July 16th, 2021, Reuters

ADDIS ABABA, July 16 (Reuters) - Three more Ethiopian regions are sending soldiers to reinforce the national army in its fight against forces from the northern region of Tigray, regional officials said, widening a conflict that has so far largely affected the north. Officials from Oromiya, Sidama, and the Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples' Region said their forces had joined the army, known as the Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF), which withdrew from most of Tigray late in June.


Similar Articles: Ethiopia regions send troops to back fight with Tigray rebels (Al Jazeera)


Al Jazeera, July 14th, 2021

Abiy says he remains committed to peace – even if it comes at a ‘cost’ – but the latest attacks will not go unanswered.


Ayenat Mersie & Maggie Fick, July 13th, 2021, Reuters

NAIROBI, July 13 (Reuters) - Forces in Ethiopia's Tigray pushed deeper into land claimed by neighbouring Amhara region on Tuesday, prompting its leaders - allies of the central government - to urge local militia to arm themselves and mobilise.


International New York Times, July 14th, 2021

SAMRE, Ethiopia — The Tigrayan fighters whooped, whistled and pointed excitedly to a puff of smoke in the sky, where an Ethiopian military cargo plane trundling over the village minutes earlier had been struck by a missile.


Al Jazeera, July 12th, 2021

TPLF on Monday said Tigrayan forces controlled Korem, a town 170 kilometres (105 miles) south of the capital Mekelle.

 

Afar Region

Reuters, July 23rd, 2021

ADDIS ABABA Attacks by Tigrayan fighters in Ethiopia's Afar region have forced over 54,000 people from their homes, an official said on Thursday, and refugees in a camp in southern Tigray described heavy clashes nearby.


Al Jazeera, July 19th, 2021

Ethiopia’s eight-month-old conflict expands as Tigrayan fighters cross into neighbouring Afar region.

 

Media

Al Jazeera, July 16th, 2021

Regulator accuses outlet of advancing agenda of a ‘terrorist’ group, in a move decried by media rights organisations.

 

Detention of Tigrayans

Dawit Endeshaw & Maggie Fick, July 15th, 2021, Reuters

ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI, July 15 (Reuters) - Ethiopian police have detained hundreds of ethnic Tigrayans in Addis Ababa since federal government forces lost control of the Tigray region's capital on June 28, according to some of those who say they were released.


Al Jazeera, July 14th, 2021

Lawyers say ethnic Tigrayans outside embattled region are being held and their businesses shut amid 8-month conflict.

 

United Nations

Al Jazeera, July 13th, 2021

Human Rights Council approves resolution calling for ‘swift withdrawal of Eritrean troops’ from Ethiopian region.


Humanitarian Aid, July 22, 2021

Lifesaving assistance arrived for the beleaguered Tigray region of Ethiopia on Thursday as the first UN World Food Programme (WFP) plane carrying humanitarian workers touched down in the capital Mekelle.

 

Humanitarian Aid

Peter Mwai, July 24th, 2021, BBC

Aid convoys are facing significant obstacles in reaching parts of Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray, due to renewed fighting between government and Tigrayan forces.


Gelmo Dawit, July 23rd, 2021, Voice of America

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA - The Ethiopian government accuses Tigray forces of expanding the conflict into the neighboring Afar region, the third regional state to be drawn into the conflict. Authorities say this has imperiled food aid to some of the 54,000 people who have fled their homes due to the fighting.

 

Displacement

Simon Marks & Fasika Tadesse, July 21st, 2021, Bloomberg

A widening conflict in northern Ethiopia displaced tens of thousands of people, after fighting spread from the Tigray region to neighboring Afar state, a government official said.

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