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Ethiopia’s Orthodox Church patriarch condemns Tigray ‘genocide’ - May 08, 2021 Al Jazeera

In a video recorded last month, Abune Mathias says government forces ‘want to destroy the people of Tigray’. “I am not clear why they want to declare genocide on the people of Tigray,” the patriarch, an ethnic Tigrayan, says, speaking in Amharic.

‘A Tigrayan womb should never give birth’: Rape in Tigray - Apr 21, 2021 Al Jazeera

Displaced people from Ethiopia’s western Tigray region report cases of rape, looting and extrajudicial killings allegedly perpetrated by Amhara forces.

No proof of Eritrean troops’ Tigray exit, crisis worsening: UN - Apr 15, 2021 Al Jazeera

UN’s top humanitarian official warns conflict ‘is not over’ and says ‘vast majority’ of northern Ethiopian region ‘is completely or partially inaccessible’ for aid agencies.

Mekelle’s plight: A doctor’s account of Ethiopia’s Tigray war - Mar 06, 2021 Al Jazeera

Doctor at regional capital’s main hospital offers dramatic account of dire medical shortages, threat of starvation and widespread fear during the conflict.

The crisis in Tigray and the struggle to report the conflict | The Listening Post - Mar 06, 2021 Al Jazeera

After months of a media blackout, journalists are finally able to examine reports of war crimes and ethnic cleansing in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.

UN: Ethiopian, Eritrean troops behind possible ‘war crimes’ - Mar 04, 2021 Al Jazeera

UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said multiple parties to the conflict are possible perpetrators of sexual violence and killings.

Ethiopia: Why is starvation stalking Tigray? | The Stream - Jan 31, 2021 Al Jazeera

After months of a media blackout, journalists are finally able to examine reports of war crimes and ethnic cleansing in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.

The Ethiopian government in November launched a military offensive in the north of the country against the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the party that used to govern the region. >

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared the conflict over on November 28 after the army forced the TPLF from Tigray’s capital, Mekelle. But fighting continues, according to the UN, and aid agencies say a humanitarian catastrophe looms.

The UN now says it is receiving reports of “rising hunger” in Tigray, and warns there is a “dire lack of access to food.” Transport, electricity, banking and other links “have yet to be restored in much of the region”, and 78 percent of hospitals are nonfunctional. According to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network, run by the US government, parts of central and eastern Tigray are on the verge of famine, imperiling the lives of up to one million people.

According to minutes of a meeting between aid groups and government officials, obtained by the Associated Press, a Tigray administrator said that without aid “hundreds of thousands might starve to death” and some already had.

In December, the Ethiopian government and the UN signed an agreement to allow food aid into the region, but deliveries have been scant. The federal government in Addis Ababa disputes accounts of food and medicine shortages in Tigray, and says it has been distributing essential supplies to Tigray.

Now there is an added complication: Eritrea’s involvement in the conflict. Eritrean troops have been fighting on the side of Ethiopian forces, though Ethiopia’s government has denied their presence in the north of the country. Witnesses say Eritrean soldiers have gone door to door, killing, looting, raping and committing other human rights abuses. The United States has urged foreign troops to leave Ethiopia immediately.In a region near-destroyed by famine and war in the past, is history repeating itself in Tigray?

Eritrean soldiers killed hundreds of civilians in Tigray: HRW - Dec 14, 2020 Al Jazeera

Children among those shot dead by troops in a November massacre in Axum, Ethiopia’s Tigray region, rights group says.