/ 13 October 2021

Fighting restarts in Ethiopia

Image source: AP
Image source: AP

Ethiopia’s government has launched a major military offensive against the country’s northern Tigray forces, bringing an end to a 3-month ceasefire. To back it up, Ethiopian PM/Nobel Peace Prize winner Abiy Ahmed’s government launched an attack on his fellow citizens last year in a bid to oust the ruling Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) party. Reports of ethnic cleansing, the deaths of thousands, and the displacement of 2 million people followed. A ceasefire was brokered to the relief of the United Nations and aid organisations, but yesterday the TPLF said the government was at it again. Their statement has not yet been confirmed as communications were cut to the north. A spokesperson for Abiy said the government “will continue to counter the [Tigrayan forces’] destruction, violence and killings”.

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