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Eritrea pledges to withdraw troops from Ethiopia’s Tigray region | NOW

Eritrea has promised to immediately withdraw its troops from the border areas of the northern Ethiopian region of Tigray. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed reports on Friday Twitter that the government of the neighboring country has agreed to this.

Eritrea, in a drawn-out border dispute with Ethiopia, sent troops to Tigray when militias in the region turned against the central government in Addis Ababa. The region is dominated by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which played a leading role in the fall of dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam 30 years ago.

The ‘people’s liberation front’ then ruled almost exclusively all of Ethiopia, but that regime came to an end in 2018. The TPLF then withdrew to its own Tigray region.

A war broke out there last year between the TPLF and government forces that recaptured the regional capital Mekelle at the end of November. Eritrea also sent in troops and sided with the Ethiopian Prime Minister in the conflict, who has acknowledged that Eritrea claims territory in Ethiopia, while the TPLF does not.

Eritrea’s military is said to have killed hundreds of civilians in Tigray in November last year, human rights organization Amnesty International said in a report last month. In the Ethiopian city of Aksum, troops are said to have been guilty of mass executions on November 28 and 29.

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Amnesty came to this conclusion after discussions with dozens of witnesses. Legally, the executions amount to crimes against humanity, the organization said.

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