Tigrayan rebels seize World Heritage site Lalibela


Ethiopia's Tigrayan rebels have seized the UNESCO World Heritage site Lalibela. The town, located in the northern Amhara region, is known for its rock-hewn churches dating from the 12th century. Some residents claimed fighters from the TPLF, Tigray's ruling party, entered Lalibela without a fight on Thursday, as security forces withdrew ahead of their advance. The United States has urged the TPLF to protect the historic site.


Also in this edition, Tanzania arrests protesters supporting opposition leader Freeman Mbowe, as a terrorism case against him is postponed. Mbowe and other officials from the main opposition party Chadema were arrested last month ahead of a planned conference to demand constitutional reform. Police have been accused of using disproportionate force against Mbowe's supporters, many of whom say he is the victim of poltical persecution.

Plus, we take you to Mauritania's desert library where ancient manuscripts lie in the city of Chinguetti.

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