UN peacekeepers from Tigray ‘refuse to return home’


Some 15 Ethiopian peacekeepers in South Sudan, originally from the Tigray region, refused to return to Ethiopia on Monday, the AFP news agency reports quoting UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric.

A contingent of 169 Ethiopian soldiers was due to rotate out of South Sudan.

“We’re trying to get the details, but I do understand about 15 members of the contingent chose not to board the flight at the Juba airport… They’ve asked to stay,” Mr Dujarric is quoted as saying at a media briefing.

Conflict broke out in Tigray in early November 2020 after the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) seized federal military bases in the region following a breakdown in relations with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government

Thousands of people are reported to have been killed, and about two million have been internally displaced.