Place in news: Tigray
Part of: GS Prelims and GS – II – International Relations
- 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.