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Ethiopia: Muslims in Tigray accuse authorities of violating religious rights

ESAT News (June 13, 2017) The Muslim community in Adwa town, Tigray region, say authorities have denied them access to Mosques and were prevented from carrying out other religious duties for supporting the Ethiopian Muslims’ movement for religious freedom. Representatives of the Muslim community in Adwa who spoke to ESAT on condition of anonymity say they were also fined monetarily ...

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Ethiopia: Group claims responsibility for arson at ammunition depot

ESAT News (June 12, 2017) An armed group has claimed responsibility for an arson attack at an ammunition depot in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa on Saturday. Patriotic Ginbot 7, an armed group fighting the Ethiopian regime from its base in Eritrea, said Saturday’s attack is part of the resistance movement carried out by its cells everywhere in Ethiopia. The fire ...

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Ethiopia: Fuel truck ambushed in northern Gondar

ESAT News (June 12, 2017) A fuel truck traveling from Sudan to Metema, northern Ethiopia came under attack on Monday 2 kms outside Addis Zemen, according to sources. The driver of the fuel truck was taken to Bahir Dar Hospital, the sources added. Patriotic Ginbot 7 took responsibility for the attack. There have been reports of several attacks against regime ...

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Ethiopia: Regime denies emergency food aid will run out within weeks

ESAT News (June 12, 2017) The Ethiopian regime has denied suggestions by UN officials that it will run out of emergency food aid for millions of people by the end of this month, the BBC reported quoting officials. The UN’s World Food Programme said 7.8 million people affected by drought would be left without food assistance. But Ethiopian officials put ...

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Ethiopia most-worsened fragile state: Index reveals

ESAT News (June 9, 2017) The annual Fragile States Index (FSI) compiled by the Fund for Peace revealed that Ethiopia has become the most-worsened fragile country over the past year owing to economic disparities, poor access to internet and communications as well as failing health infrastructure, among others. “Ethiopia’s overall Fragile States Index (FSI) score has been incrementally worsening over ...

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Ethiopia: Spread of cholera in the Amhara region affects hundreds

ESAT News (June 9, 2017) Over 250 people have reportedly fell victim to the cholera epidemic in 12 localities in the Amhara region, reports reaching ESAT reveal. The World Vision warned on Monday that cholera outbreak in the Horn of Africa is likely to worsen after recent rains, as 1,400 deaths have already been reported since January 2017. Cases of ...

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South Sudan convoy ambushed ‘leaving 14 dead’

ESAT News (June 9, 2017) Gunmen in South Sudan have ambushed a convoy travelling from Uganda to the capital, Juba, leaving 14 people dead including a number of soldiers. A military spokesperson has confirmed the numbers who were killed and added that nine others were wounded. He told the BBC that some of them are being treated in Juba. The ...

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Ethiopia: Ambo students say protest against regime will continue

ESAT News (June 8, 2017) Students and residents of Ambo who spoke to News 24 say they expect protest against the regime will continue. “It’s a fire under ashes,” a judge in a district near Ambo told News 24. He believes the lull in protests against the government is just temporary and could be reignited like a fire covered with ...

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Forty Ethiopian rounded up in Kenya for illegal entry

ESAT News (June 8, 2017) Kenyan media reported that forty Ethiopians were rounded up in a house in Kayole on Thursday for being in the country illegally. The Star reported that the Ethiopians aged between 10 and 25 , could not speak English or Kiswahili, but told police through a translator that they were headed for South Africa. According to ...

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Al-Shabab fighters storm military base in Somalia

ESAT News (June 8, 2017) Somalia’s militant Islamist group al-Shabab says it has carried out a major assault on a military base in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, the BBC reported on Thursday. Its fighters killed 61 government troops and seized 16 vehicles in the dawn raid, the group said. A Puntland government minister has denied the high death toll, ...

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