Military attacks are once again punctuating the ongoing crisis in Ethiopia. But government officials have not acknowledged a fresh offensive, which Tigray forces say began last week.
Since the beginning of the summer, the conflict in northern Ethiopia's Tigray has spread to neighbouring regions, particularly to Amhara. The Ethiopian federal army, backed by regional Amhara forces and militias, is battling troops of the TPLF – the Tigray People's Liberation Front. Ever since the fighting broke out last November, the warring parties have been repeatedly accused of committing serious human rights violations. This new front is no exception. Our journalists were able to report from the Amhara region, where civilians are still paying a heavy price in this conflict. Maria Gerth-Niculescu and Marika Julien report.
Human Rights Watch detailed the killing and rape of Eritrean refugees by Eritrean troops and Tigray rebels. The report documents atrocities committed around two camps in northern Ethiopia.
Since fighting broke out in November 2020, the conflict in Tigray has spread and could destabilize the whole Horn of Africa region. Here's how it unfolded.
Amnesty International says women and girls in Tigray were subject to rape and other sexual violence by Ethiopian soldiers and their allies, in a bid to inflict lasting physical and psychological damage. In a new report, the rights group says accounts of gang rape, sexual slavery and sexual mutilation amount to war crimes and possibly crimes against humanity. Those who documented the testimonies say details of the atrocities are some of the worst they have come across in their careers.
The UN humanitarian chief has condemned Ethiopian government accusations that aid workers are biased in favor of rebel forces in Tigray. Only one 50-truck convoy has been permitted into the war-hit region since November.
The historic town in northern Ethiopia is famous for its 12th-century rock-hewn churches. The US has urged for rebels to "protect this cultural heritage" and to end the violence.
The UN is growing increasingly frustrated with the deteriorating humanitarian situation in conflict-hit Tigray. The region in northern Ethiopia is essentially cut off from aid, with food in refugee camps running out.
The UN World Food Programme chief is calling for supply trucks to be allowed to deliver food to thousands of refugees in Tigray, saying current rations will run out on Friday.
24 Jul 2021
Ethnic Amhara militias are mobilising along the western and southern borders of Ethiopia's Tigray region as rebel forces go ahead with a new offensive. After withdrawing most soldiers last month, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said his troops will repel any attacks by 'enemies'.
21 Jul 2021
More regional militias have pledged to march into Tigray. Some fear that this could send Ethiopia into a spiral of ethnic violence. Others see the move as a sign of Ethiopian unity.
14 Jul 2021
An EU-backed resolution at the Geneva-based Human Rights Council also demanded "an immediate halt" to violence in the region. The eight-month conflict has left thousands dead.