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Daily Brief: October 22, 2021

Daily Brief: October 22, 2021

Over the past day, we've mapped 48 events with the following breakdown by event category.

As the humanitarian crisis grows in Tigray, airstrikes targeting the TPLF have picked up.  The strikes will contribute to worsening famine in the country and the international community has already threatened to sanction the government.    

Ethiopia airstrikes target TPLF rebel sites in Mekele
Ethiopia conducted airstrikes on Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) rebel sites on Thursday. The strikes were the fourth such bombardment on Mekele this week. There were no immediate reports of casualties from the attack. A TPLF spokesman claimed air defense forces foiled the strikes.
Ethiopian airstrikes hit Agbe, Temben region
Ethiopian airstrikes targeted a Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) military center and heavy artillery depot in Agbe, Temben region on Wednesday. There were no immediate reports of casualties from the attack. The strikes followed another airstrike on the town of Mekele.

The Saudi-led coalition publicly stated that they will be ramping up an operation in Sanaa to drive the Houthis from the area.  Expect heavy airstrikes in the days ahead.  

Saudi-led coalition announces Sanaa operation
The Saudi-led coalition announced an operation in Sanaa to push back Houthi rebels. The coalition says the Houthis are an existential threat.
Coalition airstrikes target military sites in Sanaa
Saudi-led coalition airstrikes targeted Houthi rebel positions in the eastern area of Sanaa on Thursday. A Saudi spokesman stated that strikes neutralized imminent ballistic missiles and bomb-laden drones used to target civilian infrastructures in Saudi Arabia. There were no immediate reports of cas…

As eSwatini struggles to contain pro-democracy protests in the country, they have made moves to shut down access to Facebook.  The government is expected to take a more aggressive approach to the unrest before the situation spirals further.  

One person was killed, 80 others wounded in eSwatini
One pro-democracy protestor was killed and 80 others were wounded during clashes with security forces in Mbabane Wednesday.
eSwatini cell phone companies told to suspend Facebook access
Cell phone companies have been told to suspend access to Facebook and associated apps in eSwatini as protests against the king have broken out. The suspension came from the Communications Ministry and is to begin immediately and last until further notice.
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