Ethiopia has cracked down on foreign media over covering the Tigray conflict with “bias,” suspending the license of Reuters and warning BBC and Deutsche Welle of the same fate.
The violence that has erupted, in a bid by the Ethiopian government to control Tigray region, has aroused fears of a civil war as escalation between both sides heightened.
Several Ethiopians, including army soldiers, fled the escalating conflict in the restive Tigray region to neighbouring Sudan on Monday, Sudanese state media and residents said.
Ethiopia said on Wednesday it had begun military operations in the Tigray region, after the prime minister accused the local government of attacking federal troops.
Ethiopia’s Tigray launched Wednesday its regional election in a gesture of defiance against the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s federal government.
The death of protesters has sparked outrage on social media, which despite a government blackout, was able to document violence against peaceful protestors.
Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, had justified the start of filling the Renaissance Dam due to the heavy rainfall season.
Reasons behind Hachalu Hundessa's death are reportedly being investigated by local police authorities.
The polls were postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19, leaving Ethiopia in a constitutional limbo.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Sunday said he discussed “new defense strategy” with general officers of the National Defense Force, few days after talks on Grand Renaissance Dam (GERD) with Egypt and Sudan failed to reach any agreement.
Ahmed’s remarks came in a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, on the sidelines of the Russia-Africa Forum in Sochi, Russia held from October 23-24.
Despite growing tensions between Egypt and Ethiopia over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), Ahmed said the atmosphere of that meeting with President Sisi was positive, according to RT.
Egypt has issued a statement on Tuesday in response to the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s alleged remarks on Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam talks.
“It is a new victory to our black continent, which is always ambitious for peace and seeking stability and development," said President Sisi.
“The Government of Ethiopia will reinforce its effort to make the ongoing trilateral dialogue a success," Abiy Ahmed said.
The message affirmed the great importance Ethiopia attaches to Egypt to develop the bilateral relations in various fields, and strengthen friendship with Cairo.
Ethiopia said on Saturday there was a coup attempt against the head of the country's Amhara state but that it had failed.
Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al Sisi met on Monday chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat
Last year was an historical one for Ethiopian politics. Most Ethiopians now feel hopeful about the prospect of peace and democratic progress.
Possible defects with the hydro-electrical plant’s equipment of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) will postpone its completion to the end of 2022.