EXCLUSIVE U.S. Concerned over Turkey’s drone sales to conflict-hit Ethiopia

EXCLUSIVE U.S. Concerned over Turkey’s drone sales to conflict-hit Ethiopia

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Ethiopians who fled the ongoing fighting in Tigray region, gather in Hamdayet village near the Sudan-Ethiopia border, eastern Kassala state, Sudan November 22, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
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  • U.S. sanctions on Turkey over sales a distant possibility

ISTANBUL/ADDIS ABABA, Dec 22 (Reuters) – U.S. authorities have taken issue with Turkey over its sales of armed drones to Ethiopia, where two sources familiar with the matter said there was mounting evidence the government had used the weapons against rebel fighters.