Ethiopia detains 16 United Nations workers in Addis Ababa

Ethipia detains 16 United nations workers in Addis Ababa.

Ethiopia detains 16 United Nations workers as Tigray conflict escalates

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Ethiopian Government has detained 16 United Nations workers as Tigray conflict continues. The workers have been accused of “terror acts”

The UN local employees were arrested in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa according to the UN. Ethiopian-Tigray conflict started last year November and it’s getting worse. Rebels have teamed up to fight Ethiopia government. Days ago, the forces advanced towards Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. The government has since declared a state of emergency in the country as war intensifies

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“They are being detained in facilities against their will” United Nations spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric said on November 9, detailing six have already been detained in Addis Ababa.

Six workers were earlier detained and released according to the UN. The government said it was detaining people suspected of supporting Tigray forces who have been fighting to overthrow the Ethiopian government for a year now.

“They have been detained because of their wrongdoing and participation in terror act” Ethiopian government spokesperson, Legesse Tulu said. Further details for their arrest have not been given

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Mediators from African Union, AU and the United States have been working for both parties to ceasefire. But Ethiopian government have declared Tigray forces and its allies as a terrorist group.

“As Africans, it has never been more imperative we take back the narrative about our continent. As Ethiopians, the challenges we face are further compounded by bias. In unity, we need to and we can overturn this” Abiy Ahmed

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