The leader of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (tplf) in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, Debretsion Gebremichael, says his troops are still fighting against the Ethiopia military near the city of Mekelle which was seized by government troops over the weekend. Prime minister Abiy Ahmed has already declared the conflict over. Media correspondents say a drawn-out guerrilla war is possible in the region.
Ethiopia’s prime minister Abiy Ahmed told parliament no civilian had been killed in the nearly a month-long military offensive.
He has also accused the TPLF of being behind more than one hundred ethnic and religious conflicts over the last two years. Both statements have not been verified because the Ethiopian government has reportedly cut off all phone lines and the internet.
Abiy Ahmed also said, fighters of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) have been seen trying to re-group outside the city of Mekelle – just days after losing the state capital.
Aid agencies have expressed great concern about the impact the war is having on the civilian population.
Baby Vaccination Drops In Rwanda Amid Lockdown
Baby vaccination rate is of concern to Rwandan authorities. The Rwanda biomedical center says it expects to vaccinate 360,000 babies every year with their first shot, but the number has dropped in Kigali during the total lockdown.
Some mothers in Kigali city say they cannot miss their babies’ vaccination schedules despite the city currently being in total lockdown.
At a vaccination exercise in Kigali on Monday, not all who were supposed to bring their babies for the vaccination showed up, thinking the medical personnel would not be available because of the lockdown.
The Rwanda biomedical center says the government spends $10 million annually to provide babies with no cost vaccinations.
Tunisian Protesters Marching To Parliament Blocked
Hundreds of Tunisians have taken to the streets in renewed protests. The demonstrations first, in the town of Sbeitla were triggered by reports that an injured young man during last week’s clashes, Haykel Rachdi, had died. The man’s family said he was hit by a tear gas canister.
He had joined nationwide protests to mark the 10th anniversary of the Tunisian revolution, which ushered in democracy and triggered the Arab spring uprisings across the region.
Soldiers were deployed to government buildings in the town after protesters tried to storm the police station.
On Tuesday, Tunisian police blocked the path of hundreds of protestors who were trying to reach the parliament building in the capital, Tunis.
It was the latest in a series of demonstrations that have been fueled by frustration at the lack of jobs and spiraling prices.
More than one thousand young protesters had been arrested during the previous protests, and many of the protesters on Tuesday were calling for their release.
Morocco Begins Rolling Out COVID-19 Vaccinations
After Egypt, Morocco is set to become the latest country in Africa to roll out a vaccination programme against COVID-19 giving priority to frontline medical staff.
The country has received two million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, and is expected to take delivery of half a million doses from China’s Sinopharm on Wednesday.
Morocco was hit hard last year when it recorded a higher number of cases compared to its neighbours
Tunisia has pushed back its vaccination campaign to April, while Algeria expects to acquire a batch of Russia’s Sputnik V vacc Oxford/AstraZeneca ine by the end of this month.