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  • ‎Ethiopia‬ Air Force Jets Attack key targets Inside Eritrea

    Awramba Times (Addis Ababa) – High ranking Ethiopian military officer confirmed to Awramba Times, on condition of anonymity, that Ethiopian Air Force jets bombarded two key targets inside Eritrea.

    According to the official, the airstrikes were conducted separately in two key targets, at a gold mine processing facility, near the capital Asmara and a military depot in Southern AkaleGuzai, Mai Edaga.

    The current regime in Eritrea is widely considered as a State Sponsor of Terrorism in the horn of Africa. On July 2012, U.S. Treasury Department had placed sanctions on several Eritrean government officials and frozen their assets for supporting al-Shabaab, Al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia.

    Read also: Eritrean news outlets: Key Eritrean Regime Economic and Military Installations bombarded

    Source: awrambatimes

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  • Islamic State claims massacre of Ethiopian Christians in Libya


    A new video from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) purportedly shows the group killing captured Ethiopian Christians in Libya.

    The 29-minute video released online on Sunday shows two groups of dark-skinned captives. It says one group is held by an ISIL affiliate in eastern Libya and the other by an affiliate in the south.

    A masked fighter delivers a long statement before the video switches between footage of the captives in the south being shot to death and the captives in the east being beheaded on a beach.

    The footage released online shows one group of about 12 men being beheaded by armed men on a beach and another group of at least 16 being shot in the head in a desert area.

    It was not immediately clear who the captives were.

    The video bore the official logo of the ISIL media arm Al-Furqan and resembled previous videos released by the group.

    A text on the screen identifies the men as "followers of the cross from the enemy Ethiopian Church".


    Reaction in Ethiopia

    In Ethiopia, government spokesman Redwan Hussein said officials were in contact with its embassy in Cairo to verify the video's authenticity. Hussein said he believed those killed likely were Ethiopian migrants hoping to reach Europe. Libya has become a hub for migrants across Africa hoping to cross the Mediterranean to enter Europe for work and better lives.

    "If this is confirmed, it will be a warning to people who wish to risk and travel to Europe though the dangerous route,'' Hussein said.

    Abba Kaletsidk Mulugeta, an official with the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church's Patriarchate Office, told the AP he also believed the victims likely were migrants.

    "I believe this is just another case of the IS group killing Christians in the name of Islam. Our fellow citizens have just been killed on a faith-based violence that is totally unacceptable. This is outrageous,'' Mulugeta said. "No religion orders the killing of other people, even people from another religion.''

    Ethiopia long has drawn the anger of Islamic extremists over its military's attacks on neighboring Somalia, whose population is almost entirely Muslim. While the militant in the video at one point said "Muslim blood that was shed under the hands of your religion is not cheap,'' it did not specifically mention the Ethiopian government's actions.

    After the February killings of the Coptic Christians, Egypt's military responded with airstrikes targeting the militant stronghold of Darna. It has not launched further strikes, though its president is trying to form a pan-Arab military force to respond to extremist threats in the region.

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  • The Weeknd is helping resurrect a lost Ethiopian language

    Along with Greek, Hebrew and Arabic, Ethiopia’s Ge’ez is considered one of the world’s oldest Semitic languages—but you’ve probably never heard of it.

    Michael Gervers, a professor in the department of historical and cultural studies at the University of Toronto, believes it’s important to resurrect it. “The entire history of Ethiopia is in this language,” he says. “Everything written up until 1850 was written in Ge’ez, so we have 2,000 years of textual material that people don’t have access to.” It was replaced by Amharic as Ethiopia’s official language.

    In 2015, Gervers started a fund to create an Ethiopian studies program at U of T, setting a goal of $200,000 and donating $50,000 of his own money. The dean’s office matched that donation; and this year, so did Abel Tesfaye—the Toronto-born, Grammy-winning R&B singer professionally known as The Weeknd, whose parents immigrated to Canada from Ethiopia in the 1980s.

    Tesfaye promoted the cause to his more than four million Twitter followers. “Sharing our brilliant and ancient history of Ethiopia. Proud to support the studies in our homie town through @UofT and @bikilaaward,” he wrote.

    U of T will offer a Ge’ez language course starting in January, making it the first post-secondary school in North America to do so. Eventually, the university hopes to offer undergrad and graduate programs that focus on Ge’ez and Ethiopia’s culture and history.

    Gervers believes Ethiopia has been ignored due to a European influence on academics. Since the country was never colonized (except for a brief occupation by Mussolini’s fascists) not many people know of its original language. “It was outside of the gambit of colonial Europe,” he says. “And, as a consequence, you can go to any African studies program—with the exception of the University of Toronto—and you won’t find Ethiopian studies.”


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  • Yemeni ambassador: "Andargachew Tsege handed over to Ethiopia"

    An Ethiopian opposition leader, who was sentenced to death while in exile for plotting a coup, has been extradited from Yemen to Ethiopia, his group says.

    VIDEO: Andargachew Tsige speaks on ETV after extradition

    Andargachew Tsege, who is also a British national, is secretary-general of the banned Ginbot 7 movement.

    The Ethiopian government allegedly requested his extradition after he was arrested in Yemen last month.

    European MEP Ana Gomes told the BBC the UK needed to use its political leverage to ensure his release.

    The Ethiopian government has not commented on the alleged extradition.

    US-based Ginbot 7 spokesman Ephrem Madebo told the BBC's Focus on Africa radio programme that Mr Andargachew had been on his way from the United Arab Emirates to Eritrea when he was detained during a stopover at Sanaa airport.

    Mr Ephrem said that he had spoken to Mr Andargachew's family who had been contacted by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Thursday.

    British officials told the family that the Yemeni ambassador to the UK had informed them that Mr Andargachew had been handed over to Ethiopia, Mr Ephrem said.

    In a statement the UK Foreign Office said it was aware that Mr Andargachew had been missing in Yemen since 24 June.

    "Since then UK officials have pressed the Yemeni authorities at senior levels to establish his whereabouts, including meeting with the Yemeni ambassador in London this week," a Foreign Office spokesman said in a statement.

    "We are aware of reports that he may now be in Ethiopia and we are urgently seeking confirmation from the relevant authorities given our deep concerns about the case. We are continuing to provide consular assistance to his family."

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  • Layman plans for 50,000 churches in Ethiopia

    ROGERS, Ark. (BP) -- Arkansas corporate executive Haileyesus Abate cries, he says, for the people of his native Ethiopia, a majority Christian nation where numerous primitive tribes still worship nature as deities and have never heard the Gospel. Typical is the nomadic, animistic Mursi Tribe in southwestern Ethiopia, whose men don't wear clothing. Instead, they use clay and natural pigments to paint intricate, colorful patterns on their bodies to attract a bride, who likely will have had a hole punched just below her lip before puberty; the hole is stretched by the insertion of progressively larger, round, flat, decorated wooden plates. The larger her plate, the larger dowry the groom's family pays in negotiating a union, according to custom.

    SBC President Ronnie Floyd, at right, and Cross Church global missions minister Doug Sarver, left, prayed for Abadulla Gemeda, Ethiopian speaker of the House, during a recent trip to the country.

    Mursi and other tribes are vulnerable to Muslims working to build mosques in their villages and who convert them to Islam, Haileyesus noted, sharing with Baptist Press a vision and urgency to see 50,000 evangelistic Christian churches planted among the tribes. 

    "I actually weep about that," he told BP. "We are not from the same tribe, but just God put a burden on me to make a difference for them." 

    That is why he arranged for his pastor, Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President Ronnie Floyd, to visit Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and meet with top political and Christian leaders. 

    "I was able to lift up the Word of God," Floyd said. "The Lord gave us an open door. Our ultimate purpose was to get the Gospel there."


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