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Abiy Ahmed arrives in Sudan for peace talks. File photo/ Reuters
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed arrived in the Sudanese capital on Friday to broker talks between the ruling generals and protest leaders after a deadly crackdown by security forces this week.
Abiy arrived at Khartoum international airport and headed for a series of meetings with the ruling generals, an AFP correspondent reported from the airport.
The Ethiopian premier was scheduled to meet protest leaders later.
Rights group Amnesty International said scores and possibly hundreds of civilians were stabbed and hacked to death in the region on Nov.9, citing witnesses. It said it had not been able to independently confirm who was responsible,
In the late hours of Nov. 13, 2020, “a rocket was fired towards Bahir Dar and Gondar cities. As a result, the airport areas have sustained damages," a government statement said.
Abiy ordered the military to deploy to the Tigray region after a major escalation of a row between the premier and the once-powerful region.
“Civilians in the region should avoid ‘collateral damage’ by not gathering outside as strikes would continue,” Abiy said in a televised speech on Friday evening.
The executive secretary of the civil defense agency in Pernambuco, Lt. Col. Leonardo Rodrigues, said in a video posted on Instagram that about 32,000 families live in areas at risk of landslides or flooding in the state.
Thirteen of its 20 crew members were plucked from the water by another fishing boat before being transferred to the Happy Hiro. They suffered minor injuries.
The plane, which was on a 15-minute scheduled flight to the mountain town of Jomsom, lost contact with the airport tower shortly after takeoff.
The painful coronavirus curbs in major Chinese cities run counter to trends seen in the rest of the world, which has largely moved towards co-existing with the virus even as infections spread.