Tag Archives: Tigray

Ethiopia: Deputy chief of staff defends his soldiers for killings in west Gondar, says army in control in Oromo region

  by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (January 11, 2019) Deputy chief of staff of the army defended soldiers who killed six people in west Gondar saying they were ambushed by gunmen who opened fire injuring two soldiers. General Berhanu Jula met the press today in Addis Ababa for a briefing on security situations in the country. The Deputy chief of ...

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    Ethiopia: Administrator says people in Tigray shouldn’t be concerned about movement of army in region

    by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (January 9, 2019) Vice administrator of Tigray in northern Ethiopia says people in the region should not feel unease about the movement of troops saying the army was just doing what is “legitimate” and “carrying out its responsibilities” as a national force. Debretsion Gebremichael was reacting to recent move by the people in Zalambessa and ...

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      Ethiopia: Residents of Shire in Tigray blocked movement of troops

      by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (January 8, 2019) Residents of the town of Shire in Tigray blocked movement of troops deployed to the area. It is the second time for the movement of the national army to be hindered in Tigray. Last week, the army faced a similar hindrance in Zalambessa town, where residents blocked a convoy of soldiers withdrawing ...

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        Ethiopia: Tigray regional govt refuses to handover fugitive former spy chief

        by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (January 2, 2019) Ethiopia’s Attorney General says the Tigray regional government has refused to hand over Getachew Assefa, the former spy chief who is wanted for wide-ranging crimes and human rights violations in the nearly three decades of rule by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). Getachew Assefa has headed the security and intelligence arm ...

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          Hindering withdrawal of troops from Ethio-Eritrea border by locals in Tigray violation of constitution, says a Major General

          by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (January 1, 2019) A Major General said the hampering of Ethiopian troops withdrawal from the Ethio-Eritrea border by locals in Tigray was unconstitutional and called on the government to take measures against those who hatched the illegal act. Locals in Tigray yesterday blocked a convoy of Ethiopian troops withdrawing from the Zalambessa front demanding that ...

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            Ethiopia: Sixty-five members of national defense force held in Tigray dungeon

            ESAT News (November 20, 2018) At least sixty-five members of the national defense force have been held in a secret dungeon in Tigray and were feared to have been tortured, according to information reaching ESAT. The soldiers, held in a place called Kuya, are mainly targeted due to their ethnic linkage. They are Oromo and Amhara except 4 soldiers who ...

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              Over 200 detained amid continued deadly protest in Northern Ethiopia

              ESAT News (October 24, 2018) Security forces of the Tigray region detained over 200 people in Raya Waja and Raya Qobo. The whereabouts of most of the detainees is not known, according to residents who spoke to ESAT. Ninety of the detainees have reportedly been held at the Maichew prison. On Sunday, Tigray region special police killed five residents of ...

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                Ethiopia: Ministry of Defense retires 13 generals

                by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (September 4, 2018) Ethiopia’s Ministry of Defense has sent 13 generals to retirement in a letter signed by Chief of Staff, Seare Mekonnen. It was the first time for members of the top brass to retire in such large numbers. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed had said in July that there would be reform measures to ...

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                  Ethiopia: Brief strike by air traffic controllers delays international flights

                  by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (April 17, 2018) International flights were grounded for few hours in what appears to be a strike by air traffic controllers at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport this morning. The deputy director for air navigation at the civil aviation authority, Shimeles Kibreab, told the national broadcaster that the brief strike was due to disagreement ...

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                    Ethiopia: New PM tours hotbed regions of deadly protests, opposition skeptical of his approach in resolving political crisis

                    by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (April 12, 2018) Fews days after taking office, Ethiopia’s newly elected Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed paid a visit last week to the country’s Somali region in the East where hundreds were killed and over a million displaced in what was being blamed on ethnic clashes between the Somali and Oromo communities. Yesterday, thousands of residents ...

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