News Highlights: UNHCR concern over ‘scattered’ refugees in Tigray, 1000 refugees returned to Libya, EU visa restrictions proposed over returns

In this week’s news highlights: UNHCR confirms destruction of refugee camps in Ethiopia; Reports of forced displacement of Tigrayans in western Tigray region by Amhara troops; Report of meeting between Eritrean and Ethiopian senior officials and foreign experts in Tigray; Kenya aims to close two refugee camps housing Somali refugees; Joint EU-IOM plan for returning migrants from Libya to Horn of Africa and other countries; IOM appeals for $99 million for migrants stranded in Yemen; Around 1000 migrants intercepted and forced to return to Libya; Spanish NGO rescues more than 200 migrants and refugees at sea; IOM report on high number of deaths at sea; EU to consider visa restrictions for 13 African and Middle East countries; EU Commissioner calls on Greece to investigate allegations of illegal pushbacks; Drones used for surveillance on migrants and refugees at EU external borders; Angela Merkel approves the EU-Turkey deal on migration; and IOM analysis on benefits of migration on communities.

News Highlights Extra (EN/DE/FR/IT): Conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region/Konflikt in der äthiopischen Region Tigray/ Le conflit dans la région éthiopienne du Tigray/ Conflitto nella regione del Tigray in Etiopia

On Wednesday 4 November, tensions escalated in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. Disputes between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in Tigray and Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed led to fighting in the Tigray region and at its borders. As the situation evolves, EEPA is sending extra news highlights on the conflict. Experts emphasize that the international community must urge for de-escalation of the conflict, and urge all parties involved in the conflict to enter into dialogue. African leaders and Church leaders this week took initiatives to assist in peaceful resolutions of the conflict. For details, click here to see the previous highlights extra (11 November 2020). For detailed information, not widely reported in the media, please frequently check for updates on EEPA’s situation reports (17 and 18 November) on the crisis.