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    Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed says Eritrea has agreed to withdraw its troops from the Ethiopian region of Tigray. Ahmed says Ethiopia’s military will take over the guarding of border areas. Amnesty International has accused Eritrean troops of committing atrocities in the region. Thousands of people have been killed since fighting began last November between Ethiopian government troops and the region’s former ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front — which is also an enemy of Eritrea.

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    In This Story: Eritrea

    Eritrea officially the State of Eritrea, is a country in Eastern Africa, with its capital at Asmara. The northeastern and eastern parts of Eritrea have an extensive coastline along the Red Sea. The nation has a total area of approximately 117,600 km2 (45,406 sq mi), and includes the Dahlak Archipelago and several of the Hanish Islands.

    Eritrea is a multi-ethnic country, with nine recognized ethnic groups in its population of around five and a half million. Eritrea has nine national languages which are Tigrinya language, Tigre, Afar, Beja, Bilen, Kunama, Nara, Saho. Most people in the territory adhere to Christianity or Islam, with a small minority adhering to traditional faiths.

    Eritrea gained de jure independence in 1993 after an independence referendum. National legislative and presidential elections have never been held since independence.

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    Ethiopia, in the Horn of Africa, is a rugged, landlocked country split by the Great Rift Valley. With archaeological finds dating back more than 3 million years, it’s a place of ancient culture. Among its important sites are Lalibela with its rock-cut Christian churches from the 12th–13th centuries. Aksum is the ruins of an ancient city with obelisks, tombs, castles and Our Lady Mary of Zion church.

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