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    Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has announced that his army is now “fully in control” of Tigray’s regional capital of Mekele. The leader of the rebellious Tigray forces, however, says the conflict will continue. Tigray rebels, meanwhile, claimed fighters have shot down a federal military jet and retaken the town of Axum. Claims from both sides are difficult to verify as phone and internet links to the region have been down and access tightly controlled. Abiy’s government had been trying to suppress a rebellion from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), a powerful ethnically based party that dominated the region from 1991 until Abiy came to power in 2018. Thousands of people are believed to have been killed in Tigray since an offensive by Ethiopian forces in the region began on November 4. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said Sunday that hospitals in Mekele are running “dangerously low” on supplies to care for the wounded. It said a referral hospital in the city is lacking body bags for the dead and is running low on basic supplies such as gloves. The UNHCR said they are very concerned about the fate of nearly 100,000 Eritrean refugees there amid reports that some have beena bducted. Additionally, according to the UNHCR, nearly 44,000 people have fled the region to neighboring Sudan, which lacks the infrastructure to handle the influx of refugees.

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    The Sudan, officially the Republic of the Sudan, is a country in Northeast Africa. It is bordered by Egypt to the north, Libya to the northwest, Chad to the west, the Central African Republic to the southwest, South Sudan to the south, Ethiopia to the southeast, Eritrea to the east, and the Red Sea to the northeast.

    Sudan’s history goes back to the Pharaonic period. Independence from the British was proclaimed on 1 January 1956.

    Islam was Sudan’s state religion and Islamic laws applied from 1983 until 2020 when the country became a secular state. The economy has been described as lower-middle income and relies on oil production. Sudan is a member of the United Nations, the Arab League, African Union, COMESA, Non-Aligned Movement and the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation.

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    The Tigray conflict was an armed conflict that began in November 2020 in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia, between Tigray Region special forces led by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), and the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) in alliance with Amhara Region special forces.

    The conflict stemmed from the attempt of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to distance the country’s politics from ethnic federalism, a power-sharing system giving regional influence to individual ethnic groups, by merging the ethnic and region-based parties of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, which had governed Ethiopia for 30 years, into a nationwide Prosperity Party.

    The Egyptian Prime Minister declared victory on 30 November 2020.

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