At least twenty-five hundred Ethiopians have fled the fighting in Tigray region into neighbouring Sudan. An official there said the refugee exodus is expected to swell.
Hundreds have died in air strikes and fighting in an escalating conflict some fear could slide into civil war because of deep animosity between the Tigrayans and prime minister Abiy Ahmed.
Local Tigrayan authorities were reported to have captured an airport on Tuesday while regional forces controlled a government military base.
The African Union (AU) has called for a ceasefire.
Foreign media had no access to Tigray on Tuesday as phone and internet services have been shut down. There was no immediate response from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which governs the state of more than 5 million people.
Ethiopia said on Tuesday peace talks are only possible with Tigray’s local government if military hardware is destroyed, federal officials are released from custody and leaders of the region are arrested.
African Union Commission chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat, has called for the “immediate cessation of hostilities” in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. Mahamat also urged the central government and Tigray’s state authorities to engage in dialogue to seek a peaceful solution. He expressed au’s readiness to support an effort to resolve the conflict.
Burkina Faso Incumbent Kabore Wins Presidential Election
Burkina Faso’s the electoral commission says the incumbent president Roch Marc Christian Kaboré has won the nation`s presidential election with 57.9% of the votes.
Burkina Faso headed to the poll on Sunday.
His main challengers, Eddie Komboigo and Zephirin Diabre, got 15.5% and 12.5% respectively.
S.Africa Concern Over Sharp Spike In COVID-19 Cases
South Africa authorities in Western Cape province have expressed deep concern about a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases.
Infection rates are beginning to jump in some areas, after a long lull, -particularly along the country’s southern coastline.
Doctors in Cape Town and in Port Elizabeth are reporting a rise in hospital admissions.
The virus is showing signs of a resurgence in parts of South Africa – the most badly affected country on the Africa continent.
One provincial leader described the spike as staggering and said the virus was spreading widely, not just in a handful of hotspots. The country is now heading towards its main summer holiday season, a time when millions of people travel.
Concerns about a second wave are coinciding with nationwide protest action over low pay by community health workers – key figures in south Africa’s fight to contain the virus.
The government is thought to be reluctant to reimpose tough lockdown restrictions, with the economy in deep trouble. 779,000 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed.
Burundi’s Buyoya Says He Quit AU Mali Role To Clear Name
Burundi former president Pierre Buyoya says he is stepping down from his role at the African Union to clear his name in an ongoing murder case.
Buyoya, who is au special envoy to Mali and the Sahel, said on Wednesday.
The au special envoy was convicted in absentia in Burundi last month for the 1993 assassination of then president Melchior Ndadaye who was assassinated in 1993, four months after winning an election against Buyoya.
Pierre Buyoya says he quit his position so the situation would not cause an embarrassment to the continental organization.