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Media Roll-up: June 28th-July 5th


Ethiopia army: ‘We can re-enter Tigray within weeks if needed’

Al Jazeera, June 30th, 2021

Federal forces left the region to deal with threats ‘from outsiders’, says government spokesman.

TPLF lays out conditions for truce talks with Ethiopian gov’t

Al Jazeera, July 4th, 2021

The Tigray People’s Liberation Front demands a full withdrawal of Eritrean troops and Ethiopia’s Amhara state fighters.

Ethiopia Conflict Takes Dramatic Turn as Tigray Rebels Retake Regional Capital; Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's war plans in tatters as Ethiopian forces and administrators forced to withdraw

Nicholas Bariyo & Joe Parkinson, June 29th, 2021, The Wall Street Journal

Eight months after claiming victory over the rebellious region of Tigray, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been beaten into a shock retreat, his forces ejected from the regional capital after a lightning rebel offensive that could change the shape of geopolitics across the strategically vital Horn of Africa.

Rebels capture Tigrayan capital in major reversal for Ethiopian government

Geoffrey York, June 29th, 2021, The Globe and Mail

Rebel group known as the Tigray Defence Forces have reportedly made military gains in the region over the past week.

Ethiopia's Tigray demands troop withdrawals for ceasefire talks

Reuters, July 4th, 2021

ADDIS ABABA, July 4 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's Tigray region wants a full withdrawal of troops from Eritrea and the neighbouring state of Amhara before it can engage in any talks with the federal government about a ceasefire, it said in a statement on Sunday.

Ethiopia's Tigray 'extremely fluid' as cease-fire in doubt

Cara Anna, June 30th, 2021, Associated Press

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia’s government on Wednesday said its military could re-enter the capital of its embattled Tigray region within weeks, calling into question the unilateral cease-fire it declared in Tigray just days ago.

TPLF says Ethiopian gov’t claim of Mekelle withdrawal a ‘lie’

Al Jazeera, June 30th, 2021

Tigrayan fighters say they forced Ethiopian troops out of regional capital but gov’t insists it was tactical withdrawal.

Jubilant Tigray Capital Greets Insurgents After Ethiopian Retreat

Declan Walsh, June 29th, 2021, The New York Times

The capture of the capital, Mekelle, by Tigrayan forces was a major blow to Ethiopia's leader, eight months into a war that has resulted in widespread famine and one of the world's worst humanitarian crises.

Tigray forces regain ground, say ceasefire declaration a ‘joke’

Al Jazeera, June 29th, 2021

Tigrayan fighters have reportedly taken control of more territory in the embattled northern Ethiopian region of Tigray, a day after regaining the regional capital, Mekelle, from retreating federal government forces and pledging to drive all “enemies” out.

Similar Articles: Tigray fighters in Ethiopia reject cease-fire as 'sick joke' (Associated Press)

Tigray rebels vow to drive out ‘enemies’ after retaking Mekelle

Al Jazeera, June 29th, 2021

Tigrayan leaders say they ‘will carry out all the tasks necessary to ensure the survival and security’ of their people.

Ethiopia's government announce ceasefire as Tigrayan troops retake region's capital

Bethlehem Feleke, Richard Roth, Kristina Sgueglia, Vasco Cotovio, Nima Elbagir and CNN Staff, June 29th, 2021, CNN

In a stunning about-turn in the devastating eight-month civil war in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region, the Ethiopian government declared an immediate and unilateral ceasefire after Tigrayan troops retook the regional capital Mekelle on Monday evening.


Statements by Ethiopian Government

Ethiopia denies trying to 'suffocate' Tigray region

Cara Anna, July 2nd, 2021, Associated Press

Ethiopia's government on Friday rejected accusations that it's trying to "suffocate" the people of Tigray by denying them urgently needed food and other aid, as transport and communications links remained severed to the region that faces the world's worst famine crisis in a decade.

Ethiopia PM defends handling of Tigray conflict after rebel gains

Al Jazeera, July 5th, 2021

Abiy Ahmed says he wants a period of silence in Tigray after TPLF seized control of the regional capital, Mekelle.

UPDATE 1-Ethiopia's parliament approves $12.9 billion budget for 2021/22 fiscal year

Reuters, July 5th, 2021

ADDIS ABABA, July 5 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's parliament approved a 561.7 billion birr ($12.9 billion) budget for the 2021/22 fiscal year, an 18% rise in spending from a year ago, as the prime minister said he was focused on boosting prosperity.

Ethiopia denies blocking aid to Tigray, WFP resumes operations

Al Jazeera, July 2nd, 2021

Government denies accusation it is ‘using hunger as weapon of war’ during the conflict that started last November.


Humanitarian Aid

Bridge key to delivering food to Tigray region destroyed, aid group says

Cara Anna, July 2nd, 2021, The Globe and Mail (Associated Press)

A bridge that's crucial to delivering desperately needed food to much of Ethiopia's embattled Tigray region has been destroyed, aid groups said Thursday, as Tigray fighters were said to be approaching other combatants occupying large areas nearby.

Over 400,000 in Tigray suffering famine now, with 1.8m on brink

Al Jazeera, July 3rd, 2021

More than 400,000 people in Ethiopia’s Tigray are now suffering famine and 1.8 million others are on the brink, a top United Nations official has said, painting a devastating picture of an embattled region where humanitarian access is extremely restricted.

Food and fuel running out in capital of Ethiopia's war-torn Tigray region

Richard Roth & Nima Elbagir, July 3rd, 2021, CNN

Food and fuel is running out in the capital ofEthiopia's war-torn northern Tigray region, a CNN producer on the ground in Mekelle reports.

UPDATE 1-WFP says delivering food in Tigray, hopes for air bridge soon

Reuters, July 2nd, 2021

GENEVA, July 2 (Reuters) - The U.N.'s World Food Programme has resumed deliveries in Ethiopia's Tigray region, but faces continuing access problems and is "way behind" in bringing life-saving supplies to people facing starvation, its emergency coordinator said on Friday.

Ethiopia denies blocking aid to Tigray as WFP resumes operations

Al Jazeera, July 2nd, 2021

The Ethiopian government has denied blocking humanitarian aid to its northern Tigray region and said it was doing all it could to rebuild infrastructure amid accusations it is using hunger as a weapon.

Aid groups warn time running out in conflict-hit Tigray

Hamza Mohamed, July 1st, 2021, Al Jazeera

Humanitarian agencies say they struggle to reach people in need, warn of ‘drastic’ deterioration unless things change.

With hundreds of thousands facing famine in Tigray, aid groups seek access.

Simon Marks, June 29th, 2021, The New York Times

Aid workers are concerned about a potential new wave of atrocities as Ethiopian and Eritrean forces withdraw from Tigray.


International Intervention


Maan Alhmidi, July 1st, 2021, The Globe and Mail (The Canadian Press)

Ottawa is calling on Eritrea to withdraw its armed forces from the Tigray region in Ethiopia, a couple days after a ceasefire was announced to put a hold on a conflict that has led to one of the world's worst famine crises.

UK urges end to violence in Tigray

Reuters, July 1st, 2021

LONDON, July 1 (Reuters) - Britain urged all parties to pull back from the violence in Tigray and allow humanitarian workers access to the area on Thursday, after the Ethiopian government declared a unilateral ceasefire earlier this week.



Guerrilla Leader in Ethiopia 'Didn't Expect to Make It Back Alive'

Declan Walsh, July 4th, 2021, The New York Times

The leader of the restive Ethiopian region presented the rebels' side of a conflict that plunged the country into chaos after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed began a military operation there in November.

Tigrayan Forces March Thousands of War Captives Through Streets

Declan Walsh, July 3rd, 2021, The New York Times

The scale of the loss suffered by one of Africa's most powerful armies was on vivid display on Friday as thousands of government troops were paraded through Mekelle, the regional capital of Tigray.

UPDATE 2-U.N. warns of more violence in Tigray, Ethiopia denies blocking aid

Michelle Nichols & Dawit Edenshaw, July 2nd, 2021, Reuters

UNITED NATIONS/ADDIS ABABA, July 2 (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Friday conflict could rapidly flare again in Ethiopia's Tigray and that famine was worsening in the region, where local fighters declared victory this week after an eight-month war with central government and allied forces.

Ethiopia is at war with itself. Here's what you need to know about the conflict

Eliza Mackintosh, July 1st, 2021, CNN

When Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019, he was lauded as a regional peacemaker. Now, he is presiding over a protracted civil war that by many accounts bears the hallmarks of genocide and has the potential to destabilize the wider Horn of Africa region.

Trapped in Ethiopia's Tigray, people 'falling like leaves'

Cara Anna, June 30th, 2021, Associated Press

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The plea arrived from a remote area that had so far produced only rumors and residents fleeing for their lives. Help us, the letter said, stamped and signed by a local official. At least 125 people have already starved to death.

Tigray forces hunt down retreating Ethiopian-Eritrean troops

Al Jazeera, June 30th, 2021

TPLF vows to go after forces allied to the government from the Amhara region and neighbouring nation Eritrea.

Ethiopia says many soldiers and civilians killed in Tigray conflict

Reuters, June 30th, 2021

ADDIS ABABA, June 30 (Reuters) - Many soldiers and civilians have been killed in the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, a spokesman for the Ethiopian government task force for Tigray said on Wednesday.

Rebels in Tigray reject calls for ceasefire after Ethiopian government forces withdraw from regional capital

Eliza Mackintosh & Vasco Cotovio, June 30th, 2021, CNN

Rebel forces in the war-torn Ethiopian region of Tigray have rejected a ceasefire offer from the central government, raising fears of further violence a day after the fighters retook the regional capital Mekelle.

Tigray leaders say they will take the fight into Eritrea.

Abdi Latif Dahir & Simon Marks, June 29th, 2021, The New York Times

Feeling victorious, the rebels say they will not be safe until they track down the forces that invaded them. But Tigray faces a host of crises immediately, including famine.

An uneasy silence from Ethiopia and Eritrea over what’s next.

Simon Marks, June 29th, 2021, The New York Times

With a bigger humanitarian disaster looming, diplomats are trying to keep a Tigrayan victory from becoming a wider war.

‘I miss home’: The war spawned a wave of displacement.

Abdi Latif Dahir, June 29th, 2021, The New York Times

Almost 2 million people were forced to become migrants because of the war in Tigray. Tens of thousands went to Sudan, and are hoping that the latest news means they can return home.

How the war in Tigray began.

Abdi Latif Dahir & Declan Walsh, June 29th, 2021, The New York Times

The Tigray People’s Liberation Front dominated the government of Ethiopia for 27 years, until 2018, when Abiy Ahmed became prime minister and set about draining the group of its influence.

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