On Wednesday, African Union special envoy and former Nigerian Pres. Olusegun Obasanjo announced that Ethiopia's warring sides have formally agreed to a permanent cessation of hostilities in the first briefing on the peace talks in Pretoria, South Africa.
On Tuesday, delegates from the warring Ethiopian government and rival Tigray forces met in Pretoria, South Africa, for peace talks. It's their first formal meeting after nearly two years of conflict. The talks will last until Oct. 30, according to a government spokesperson.
The Ethiopian government declared on Tuesday that its military has taken control of the towns of Shire, Alamata, and Korem from rebel forces in the war-torn Tigray region. The gains were allegedly achieved without the need for fighting in urban areas.
On Wednesday, the Ethiopian federal government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) leadership reportedly accepted the African Union's (AU) invitation to participate in peace talks. The negotiations are scheduled to begin on Saturday in South Africa.
The UN Commission of Human Rights Experts for Ethiopia reportedly said on Monday that it had found evidence of widespread atrocities committed by all sides in Ethiopia since fighting broke out in the northern Tigray region in November 2020.
Ethiopia's Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) announced Sun. that it is ready for peace talks led by the African Union (AU), amid the latest outbreak of fighting between the armed group and forces loyal to the central government after a months-long ceasefire.
Kibrom Gebreselassie, chief executive of Ayder Referral Hospital, said on Twitter that an area near Mekelle General Hospital in the capital of Ethiopia's northern Tigray region was hit in an airstrike late on Tuesday.