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  • Ethiopian government declares three days national mourning for the garbage landslide victims

    The Ethiopian parliament on Tuesday declared a three-day national mourning for its 72 citizens who lost their lives after a massive landslide hit a landfill at the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.

    Even though the hope of finding missing residents alive is almost unlikely, many more bodies could still be found as the search continues “day and night” at the site where the landslide occurred, according to Dagmawit Moges, Head of Addis Ababa City Administration Communication Affairs Office.

    Already, 320 inhabitants of the area have been evacuated to safer areas.

    A committee particularly designated to properly respond to the crisis has been also established by the municipality.

    Dagmawit, however, noted that since almost all residents in the area are informal settlers, the number of people missing has not been yet confirmed.

    The deplorable condition of the 50-year old landfill is said to pose a huge challenge for emergency personnel who are working “day and night” to save the lives of those residents who are missing.

    Read more at CGTN

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  • Ethiopian journalist that was jailed during State of Emergency released from prison

    CPJ, March 13, 2017 - Ethiopian authorities released Ethiopian journalist Anania Sorri today. He was jailed because of Ethiopia's state of emergency.

    According to CPJ he was released unconditionally today, after four months jail from November 17, 2016. He was under detention without charge under a state of emergency the government declared the month prior. He told CPJ that he planned to continue writing. Anania posts critical commentary on a public Facebook page followed by some 11,000 people.

    Journalists Seyoum Teshome and Befekadu Hailu was also released within the previous month.

    Source: CPJ 

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  • ISIS in Egypt Kills 100 Year Old for ‘Witchcraft’

    Islamic State-affiliate Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis claimed it killed a respected sheikh in the Sinai peninsula after abducting him.

    Sheikh Sulaiman Abu Haraz was kidnapped by Islamic State gunmenfrom outside his house in Arish city in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.

    The sheikh, who was 100 years old, was reportedly a well-respected Sufi leader in the Sinai.  

    He was accused by the group of practicing “witchcraft.” ISIS-Sinai (as Ansar-Bayt al-Maqdis now style themselves) released a series of pictures on social media of the execution. They  show the sheikh kneeling and surrounded by armed men and an executioner. The final image is of his severed head in the sand covered in blood.

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  • [Breaking News] Eritrean air force pilots defect to Ethiopia with military plane

    Eritrean air force pilots, named Mebrahtu Tesfamariam and Afework fissehaye, have defected on Wednesday by flying their military aircraft Zlin-143-102 to Ethiopia’s northern city, Mekelle.

    This is not the first time for Eritrean air force members to defect to the neighboring nations.

     

    In 2012, two Eritrean military pilots secretly flew President Isaias Afewerki’s plane to Saudi Arabia where they sought political asylum. A year after this incident, three other members of the Eritrean air force have defected with their fighter jet to Saudi Arabia. In April the same year, another female Eritrean air force pilot sent by the regime to retrieve the stolen jet from Saudi Arabia herself was defected.

    As no Eritrean pilot has yet made his route to Ethiopia, the pilots who defected to Ethiopia today are the first ever Eritrean air force members to make the neighboring Ethiopia a destination of their defection.

     

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