Blitz on a busy market comes amid some of the fiercest fighting in Tigray since the conflict began as Ethiopian forces supported by those from neighbouring Eritrea pursue Tigray’s former leaders.
Eritrea denies allegations of aid obstruction but Abiy government's documents suggest soldiers have been plundering food supplies, stoking fears of starvation deaths, and blocking access to Ethiopian checkpoints.
Comments by head of PM Abiy Ahmed’s Tigray conflict task force represent an unusually stark assessment of conditions in the region, where the government asserts normalcy is returning.
"We ask international partners, especially the African Union and regional partners, to work with us to address the crisis in Tigray, including through action at the UN and other relevant bodies," US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.
A statement by Ethiopia's minister of Women, Children and Youth marks the first official acknowledgement of crimes activists say have been widespread.
UN’s special representative on sexual violence in conflict says she is greatly concerned by allegations, including “a high number of alleged rapes” in Tigrayan capital Mekele, with evidence of abuse as a weapon of war coming in via the clinics.
Many of the hospitals in Ethiopia’s conflict-hit Tigray region have been under struck by artillery during the two months of fighting, according to the first humanitarian assessment of the devastation.
Abiy Ahmed made the trip before Sudan’s premier confirmed an East African bloc plan for an emergency meeting to resolve the crisis in Tigray.
Ethiopia is rejecting calls for independent investigations into the deadly fighting in its Tigray region, saying it “doesn’t need a baby-sitter."
Ethiopia's rejection comes amid international calls for more transparency into the month-long fighting between Ethiopian forces and those of the fugitive Tigray regional government.
The 72-hour surrender ultimatum issued by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) ends today.
There was no immediate comment from Ethiopia’s government, which has been fighting the Tigray regional forces since a November 4 attack on a military base there.
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