Place in news: Tigray

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  • March 27, 2021
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Place in news: Tigray

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

In news

  • Eritrea will pull its troops out of Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region,
  • It is a potential breakthrough in a drawn-out conflict that has seen atrocities carried out against civilians.

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? 

  • The Tigray War is an ongoing armed conflict that began in November 2020 in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia.
  • It is fought between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF)-controlled Tigray Regional Government, and the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF).
  • The conflict escalated in September, 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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