Place in news: Tigray region, Ethiopia 

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  • November 9, 2020
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Place in news: Tigray region, Ethiopia 

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – International Relations

In news

  • Ethiopia is on the brink of a civil war after Ethiopia’s Prime Minister announced that he had ordered troops to counter an allegedly violent attack by armed forces in the country’s northern Tigray region.

Important value additions 

  • The Tigray Region is the northernmost of the nine regions (kililat) of Ethiopia.
  • It is the homeland of the Tigrayan, Irob and Kunama peoples.
  • It is also known as Region 1 according to the federal constitution.
  • Capital and largest city: Mekelle.
  • It is bordered by Eritrea to the north, Sudan to the west, the Amhara Region to the south and the Afar Region to the east and south east.

Do you know? 

  • In early November 2020, the region and the Ethiopian federal government entered into conflict, with some gunfire being reported in the capital of Tigray, Mekelle.
  • There was conflict in September also, when Tigray held local elections in insubordination of the Ethiopian federal government. 
  • These elections were considered “illegal” by the federal government, further leading to conflict with Tigray authorities.

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