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Rebels Hand Over Heavy Weapons in Boost for Ethiopian Peace Deal

  • Move follows signing of peace accord after two-year civil war
  • Tens of thousands of people died during the conflict

Dissident forces in Ethiopia’s Tigray region began handing over heavy weapons to the national army, providing a major boost to efforts to end the nation’s civil war.  

The Tigray rebels, who fought a two-year war with Ethiopian federal troops, were seen handing over tanks, artillery units and armored vehicles at an army garrison outside Agulae, about 30 kilometers (18 miles) northeast of the regional capital  of Mekelle, the regional broadcaster Tigray Television reported.