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World: Ethiopia to US: Stop spreading 'false information' about war

Blinken warns war-torn Ethiopia is on 'path to destruction,' calls on Abiy to step up to end conflict

  Blinken warns war-torn Ethiopia is on 'path to destruction,' calls on Abiy to step up to end conflict US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Friday that the war in Tigray has put Ethiopia on a "path to destruction" that could reverberate throughout east Africa, telling CNN that the country's leader, Abiy Ahmed, must fulfill "his responsibility" and end violence in the region. © Pool Speaking to CNN in Abuja, Nigeria on the sidelines of his tour through Africa, Blinken said "it is imperative that the fighting stops, and the talking starts" and reiterated his call for a long-term ceasefire to enable humanitarian assistance.

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia’s government on Thursday warned the United States against “spreading false information” as fighting in the country’s yearlong war draws closer to the capital, Addis Ababa, while thousands protested outside the U.S. and British embassies.

Ethiopians protest against the United States outside the U.S. embassy in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. Ethiopia's government on Thursday warned the United States against © Provided by Associated Press Ethiopians protest against the United States outside the U.S. embassy in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. Ethiopia's government on Thursday warned the United States against "spreading false information" as fighting in the country's yearlong war draws closer to the capital, while thousands protested outside the U.S. and British embassies. (AP Photo)

Ethiopia’s war is not only against forces from the country’s Tigray region “but also with colonialism of the powerful states of the West,” government spokesman Kebede Desisa said.

Ethiopia PM says he will lead army 'from the battlefront'

  Ethiopia PM says he will lead army 'from the battlefront' NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister says he will lead his country’s army “from the battlefront” beginning Tuesday, a dramatic new step in a devastating yearlong war. “This is a time when leading a country with martyrdom is needed,” Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said in a statement posted on social media Monday night. With rival Tigray forces moving closer to the capital of Addis Ababa, his government declared a state of emergency earlier this month.

Some Ethiopians were outraged this week when a U.S. Embassy security message warned its citizens of possible terrorist attacks in the country. The U.S. has also repeatedly told its citizens to leave immediately, warning there will be no Afghanistan-style evacuation if the war’s chaos reaches the capital.

Ethiopians protest against the United States outside the U.S. embassy in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. Ethiopia's government on Thursday warned the United States against © Provided by Associated Press Ethiopians protest against the United States outside the U.S. embassy in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. Ethiopia's government on Thursday warned the United States against "spreading false information" as fighting in the country's yearlong war draws closer to the capital, while thousands protested outside the U.S. and British embassies. (AP Photo)

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who announced this week he was going to the battlefront to direct the army, once cast the conflict as a “law enforcement operation” against the Tigray leaders who had long dominated the national government before a political falling-out.

Ethiopia PM offers martyrdom on "battlefront" as war escalates

  Ethiopia PM offers martyrdom on Talk of "martyrdom" being needed to defend his government - as he balks at international peace efforts - have surprised many coming from Nobel Peace Prize winner Abiy Ahmed. "This is a time when leading a country with martyrdom is needed," Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said in a statement posted on social media Monday night. With rival Tigray forces moving closer to the capital of Addis Ababa, his government declared a state of emergency earlier this month.

Ethiopians protest against the United States outside the U.S. embassy in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. Ethiopia's government on Thursday warned the United States against © Provided by Associated Press Ethiopians protest against the United States outside the U.S. embassy in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. Ethiopia's government on Thursday warned the United States against "spreading false information" as fighting in the country's yearlong war draws closer to the capital, while thousands protested outside the U.S. and British embassies. (AP Photo)

Now he calls it an “existential war” and appeals to fellow Africans for support in a struggle against Western intervention.

“I am here to protest against foreign atrocities which have been planned to dismantle the sovereignty of Ethiopia,” said one of Thursday’s protesters, Worku Taddesse.

Ethiopians protest against the United States outside the U.S. embassy in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. Ethiopia's government on Thursday warned the United States against © Provided by Associated Press Ethiopians protest against the United States outside the U.S. embassy in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. Ethiopia's government on Thursday warned the United States against "spreading false information" as fighting in the country's yearlong war draws closer to the capital, while thousands protested outside the U.S. and British embassies. (AP Photo)

Tens of thousands of people have been killed in the conflict that erupted in November 2020, and close to a half-million people in Tigray face famine conditions under a months-long government blockade. The Tigray forces say they are pressuring Abiy’s government to lift the blockade but also want the prime minister to step aside.

US: 'Nascent' progress in Ethiopia talks could be outpaced

  US: 'Nascent' progress in Ethiopia talks could be outpaced NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A United States envoy said Tuesday he sees “nascent progress” in talks with Ethiopia’s warring sides toward a cease-fire, but he fears it will be outpaced by “alarming” military developments in the yearlong war in Africa's second-most populous country. Jeffrey Feltman spoke to reporters after his latest visit to Ethiopia, where rival Tigray forces continue pushing toward the capital, Addis Ababa, and a growing number of countries tell their citizens to leave immediately. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Monday announced he will lead “from the battlefield” in a war that is estimated to have killed tens of thousands of people.

Ethiopians protest against the United States outside the U.S. embassy in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. Ethiopia's government on Thursday warned the United States against © Provided by Associated Press Ethiopians protest against the United States outside the U.S. embassy in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. Ethiopia's government on Thursday warned the United States against "spreading false information" as fighting in the country's yearlong war draws closer to the capital, while thousands protested outside the U.S. and British embassies. (AP Photo)

Ethiopia’s government earlier this year designated the Tigray forces as a terrorist group, further complicating mediation efforts by the U.S. and African Union for a cease-fire.

Ethiopians protest against the United States outside the U.S. embassy in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. Ethiopia's government on Thursday warned the United States against © Provided by Associated Press Ethiopians protest against the United States outside the U.S. embassy in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. Ethiopia's government on Thursday warned the United States against "spreading false information" as fighting in the country's yearlong war draws closer to the capital, while thousands protested outside the U.S. and British embassies. (AP Photo) Ethiopians protest against the United States outside the U.S. embassy in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. Ethiopia's government on Thursday warned the United States against © Provided by Associated Press Ethiopians protest against the United States outside the U.S. embassy in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. Ethiopia's government on Thursday warned the United States against "spreading false information" as fighting in the country's yearlong war draws closer to the capital, while thousands protested outside the U.S. and British embassies. (AP Photo)

War-hit Ethiopia admonishes US over security warnings .
Ethiopia on Thursday accused the United States of spreading false information about security conditions in the war-hit country, warning such statements could harm ties. - 'Hurt relations' - "Previously they disseminated the information that Addis Ababa is surrounded [by rebels], now they are saying this false information that a terror attack will be conducted," Kebede Desisa, a government spokesman, told a press conference for state media Thursday.

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