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U.S. Sanctions Eritrea Military Chief for Abuses in Ethiopia

  • Treasury freezes Eritrean army chief of staff’s assets
  • U.S. is trying to stem violence in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

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The U.S. Treasury sanctioned the Eritrean army’s chief of staff for his involvement in the conflict in neighboring Ethiopia.

General Filipos Woldeyohannes’s assets will be frozen because he was “a leader or official of an entity that is engaged in serious human rights abuse,” the Treasury said in a statement. Eritrea denied the allegations calling it “utterly baseless” and “blackmail directed against it,” according to the nation’s Ministry of Information.