Published 2 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics Tigray crisis Rebels from Ethiopia's northern Tigray region have taken control of the town of Lalibela, a Unesco world heritage site in neighbouring Amhara region. Lalibela, home to 13th Century churches hewn from rock, is a holy site for millions of Orthodox Christians. Residents have been fleeing the rebel advance, local officials told the BBC. Thousands have been killed since war broke out last November. Fighting is now spreading into Amhara and Afar, another region bordering Tigray. Millions of people have also been displaced. Both the Tigray rebel forces and the Ethiopian army and its allies have been accused of committing human rights abuses and war crimes. The deputy mayor of Lalibela, Mandefro Tadesse, told the BBC that the town was under the control of the Tigray rebels. … [Read more...] about Lalibela: Ethiopia’s Tigray rebels take Unesco world heritage town
Video Player Close UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- Up to 175 aid trucks have arrived in Mekelle, the capital of Ethiopia's conflict-torn Tigray region, the majority of them in the past few days, a UN spokesman said on Thursday. As of Wednesday, 175 trucks with humanitarian supplies, including food, non-food items and fuel, have arrived in Mekelle. These include 50 trucks that crossed into Tigray over the past month with the remaining trucks crossing only in recent days, said Stephane Dujarric, the chief spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The 175 trucks were among at least 223 trucks with humanitarian supplies for the United Nations and international nongovernmental organizations that left Semera, the capital city of neighboring Afar region, toward Mekelle, he told a daily press briefing. Most of the remaining trucks are being scanned at a checkpoint and a few trucks are in Abala, the last entry point into Tigray from Afar, he said. Two trucks were … [Read more...] about More aid convoys reach Ethiopia’s Tigray: UN
9 WAD EL HILU, Sudan (AP) — From time to time, a body floating down the river separating Ethiopia’s troubled Tigray region from Sudan was a silent reminder of a war conducted in the shadows. But in recent days, the corpses became a flow. Bloated, drained of color from their journey, the bodies were often mutilated: genitals severed, eyes gouged, a missing limb. The Sudanese fishermen who spotted them, and the refugees from Tigray who helped pull them to shore, found many corpses’ hands bound. Some of them had been shot. The Associated Press reported dozens of bodies floating down the Tekeze River earlier this week and saw six of the graves on Wednesday, marking the first time any reporters could reach the scene. Doctors who saw the bodies said one was tattooed with a common name in the Tigrinya language and others had the facial markings common among Tigrayans, raising fresh alarm about atrocities in the … [Read more...] about At river where Tigrayan bodies floated, fears of ‘many more’
NAIROBI - On the day Samantha Power landed in Ethiopia this week, its civil war - now escalating and spreading beyond the northern region of Tigray - entered its 10th month. Amid allegations that Ethiopian troops and their allies have committed war crimes, ethnic cleansing and driven parts of Tigray into famine, the United States has already withheld security assistance and effectively banned travel for top officials. But Power, who is in charge of the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, holds the biggest American lever of influence over Addis Ababa: more than $1 billion in annual aid ranging from health and education support to food and emergency humanitarian response, which makes the United States the largest aid donor to Ethiopia. It's a moment seemingly made for Power, the former U.N. ambassador under President Barack Obama who came to prominence in 2002 with her book "A Problem From Hell," which excoriated American inaction during mass killings in Rwanda … [Read more...] about Samantha Power has long championed humanitarian intervention. Ethiopia’s crisis is putting her to the test.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday called for combatants to respect the cultural heritage in Lalibela, whose famed rock-hewn churches are a United Nations World Heritage Site, after forces from Ethiopia's Tigray region took control of the town. Lalibela, also a holy site for millions of Ethiopian Orthodox Christians, is in the North Wollo Zone of the Amhara region in Ethiopia's north. In recent weeks fighting has spread from Tigray into two neighbouring regions, Amhara and Afar, forcing around 250,000 people to flee. "We've seen the reports that Tigrayan forces have taken Lalibela. We call on the TPLF to protect this cultural heritage," State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters. The U.S. State Department again called for all parties to the conflict to agree to an end to the violence and allow humanitarian access to the Tigray region, where war broke out in November between the federal army and forces belonging to the Tigray People's Liberation … [Read more...] about U.S. calls for Tigrayan forces to respect Lalibela cultural heritage