/ 30 June 2021

Ceasefire declared in Ethiopia

After nearly 8 months of conflict, fighters from the northern Tigray region of Ethiopia have taken back control of its capital Mekelle from the government, leading to celebrations in the streets. The government declared a ‘humanitarian ceasefire’ and fled the region on Monday as fighters from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) closed in. In November last year, Ethiopian PM/Nobel Peace Prize winner Abiy Ahmed launched an attack to oust the TPLF after it held an ‘illegal’ election and claimed it had attacked a military base. Since then, there have been reports of government forces engaging in ethnic cleansing as thousands of Tigrayans were killed, 2 million displaced, and 350,000 edged towards famine. For the government’s part, Abiy claims the TPLF has committed war crimes. In a statement, Ethiopia’s government said the ceasefire would “stay until the farming season ends” in September, but it’s unclear if TPLF will lay down their arms.

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