ESAT English News

Al-Amoudi refuses to hand over money for his freedom, authorities arrest his relatives

by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (January 31, 2018) Reports coming out of Saudi Arabia say Ethiopian born Saudi billionaire, Mohammed Al-Amoudi, has refused to hand over his money in return for his release. The billionaire and 200 other businessmen and ministers were arrested early in November in the Kingdom’s crackdown against corruption. The Middle East Monitor reported quoting a Saudi ...

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House majority leader, congressmen demand Ethiopian regime to give UN rapporteurs unfettered access

By Engidu Woldie ESAT News (January 30, 2018) House majority leader Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Chris Smith and Rep. Mike Coffman demanded that the Ethiopian regime should allow UN human rights rapporteurs to investigate human rights violations in the country. The call by the congressmen came at a meeting held between representatives of Ethiopian civic and political groups with majority leader ...

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TPLF soldiers kill 13 in Mersa town as protests continue in Northern Ethiopia

ESAT News (January 29, 2018) Protests have continued in towns in Northern Ethiopia where scores of people have been shot and killed by TPLF soldiers. The nearby town of Sirinka joined the anti-TPLF protest yesterday. Protesters torched cars and closed roads with rocks and logs. Some of the roads leading to the town of Mersa were closed. TPLF forces shot ...

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Ethiopia: Report shows 857,000 IDPs in Oromo, Somali regions

ESAT News (January 29, 2018) Some 857,000 people had been displaced in Eastern Ethiopia as a result of  what a joint report by the regime’s disaster management and a UN humanitarian coordination offices called conflict between the Somali and Oromo communities. The figures released last week by the National Disaster Risk Management Commission and the UN Office for the Coordination ...

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TPLF army kill 10 civilians in Northern Ethiopia

By Engidu Woldie ESAT News (January 27, 2018) As protest against its misrule intensified all across Ethiopia, the TPLF regime has continued to respond with brute force. Its army has killed at least ten people in Mersa town in the north of the country bringing the total to at least 32 in the last two weeks in three towns in ...

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Protesters blocked roads, burnt TPLF businesses in Kobo, Robit

by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (January 27, 2018) Protests against the TPLF regime continued for the third day in Kobo town, a bustling town in Northern Ethiopia, as people in the nearby town of Robit blocked roads preventing the progress of TPLF Agazi soldiers that killed at least nine protesters on Wednesday. A store for a local beer agent that ...

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Ethiopia: Bishop thinks Woldia killings were premeditated

by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (January 26, 2018) A deputy bishop for a diocese in Northern Ethiopia says he thinks the Epiphany day killings in Woldia town last week were premeditated.   The deputy bishop, Abun Ermias told Hara Tewahido, a religious website, that the office of the diocese has specifically informed the local authorities that security forces should not ...

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Kobo Update: Tigrayan soldiers and soldiers from other ethnic groups exchange fire

ESAT News (January 25, 2018) Tigrayan soldiers of the TPLF and soldiers from other ethnic groups within the army have exchanged fire in Kobo town, where 9 protesters were killed today by TPLF soldiers, according to ESAT sources. The sources said non-Tigrayan soldiers within the army have refused to use deadly force against protesters in the town which angered the ...

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TPLF security forces kill 9 residents in Kobo town, Northern Ethiopia

by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (January 25, 2018) Soldiers for the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) that operate under the guise of the national army of Ethiopia shot and killed at least nine people in Kobo town, Northern Ethiopia. (TPLF soldiers entering Kobo town January 25, 2018) Residents of Kobo, a town sitting on one of the major routes to ...

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Ethiopia: Grenade attack on hotel in Gondar injures two

ESAT News (January 24, 2018) Unidentified men have thrown a bomb into the Addis Zemen Hotel in Metema town, North Gondar injuring two individuals working for the regime’s intelligence and security. Three officials with the regional intelligence and security were holding a meeting when the grenade was thrown at about 8 pm Tuesday, according to ESAT sources. Sources said the ...

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