Global Tensions Escalate: A brief overview

Published Jan. 12, 2024, 5:56 a.m. by FNN


In this week, several events have taken palce across the world. Among the top news are the following.

OLF-OLA Advances Towards Finfinne

In Ethiopia, the Oromo Liberation Front-Oromo Liberation Army (OLF-OLA) forces are reportedly advancing towards the capital, Finfinne. The OLF-OLA, a political organization established in 1973 by Oromo nationalists, is pushing for the self-determination of the Oromo people. In 2023, two rounds of peace talks were held in Tanzania in an attempt to resolve the conflict. However, these discussions concluded without a major breakthrough, further exacerbating the tensions. Since then, the OLF-OLA has been consolidating its forces around the capital in an attempt to dislodge the Prosperity Party government.

Ethiopia-Somalia Relations Deteriorate Over Berbera Port Deal

Relations between Ethiopia and Somalia have soured following Ethiopia’s Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Somaliland to use the Berbera port that was launched on January 1st 2024. This move has sparked violent reactions in Somalia, tragically resulting in the death of an Oromo woman. The incident has further strained the already tense relations between the two nations.

South Africa Takes Israel to UN International Court of Justice

South Africa has taken a bold step by bringing Israel before the UN International Court of Justice over the war in Gaza and the occupation of Palestine. A court hearing has commenced, marking a significant moment in the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The world watches as the proceedings unfold, hoping for a fair and just resolution and a cease fire.

US and Allied Forces Strike Yemeni Houthi Forces

In a significant development, US and allied forces have launched strikes against the Houthi forces in Yemen. The rebels have been targeting commercial and Israeli government boats on the Red Sea in the recent weeks. The Houthi rebels, officially known as Ansar Allah, are a Zaidi Shia-led religious-political movement that emerged from Sa’dah, northern Yemen in the 1990s. They have been engaged in a protracted conflict with the Yemeni government for years, leading to a devastating humanitarian crisis. They control critical cities in the north of the country as well as the port of Hodeida on the Red Sea. This strategic control allows them access to territorial and economic resources. 

The Conflict Between Russian and Ukrainian Forces

The conflict between Russian and Ukrainian forces has seen recent developments. Ukrainian forces have continued ground operations on the eastern bank of the Dnipro River. Meanwhile, Russian forces have made advances northeast of Kupiansk, north of Bakhmut, and southwest of Avdiivka. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has ruled out a ceasefire, stating that Russia would use it to rearm.

Stay tuned to FNN for more updates on these developing stories.

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