NAIROBI – Ethiopia’s prime minister says “the ultimate and essential” army operation will launch within the coming days towards the federal government of the nation’s rebellious northern Tigray area.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in a social media submit on Tuesday mentioned a three-day deadline given to the Tigray area’s leaders and particular forces “has expired at the moment.”
Abiy, final yr’s Nobel Peace Prize winner, continues to reject worldwide pleas for dialogue and de-escalation within the two-week battle within the Horn of Africa that has spilled into neighboring Eritrea and despatched greater than 25,000 frightened Ethiopian refugees pouring into Sudan.
Alarmed African neighbors together with Uganda and Kenya are calling for a peaceable decision, however Abiy’s authorities regards the Tigray regional authorities as unlawful after it defiantly held a neighborhood election in September. The Tigray regional authorities objects to the postponement of nationwide elections till subsequent yr due to the COVID-19 pandemic and considers Abiy’s federal authorities unlawful, saying its mandate has expired.
Ethiopia’s federal authorities on Tuesday additionally confirmed finishing up new airstrikes outdoors the Tigray capital of Mekele, calling them “precision-led and surgical” and denying the Tigray authorities’s assertion that civilians had been killed.
Communications and transport hyperlinks with the Tigray area stay nearly utterly minimize off, making it tough to confirm both facet’s claims.
Hungry, exhausted and scared, refugees from the Tigray area proceed to movement into Sudan with terrifying accounts of warfare.
“These persons are coming with knives and sticks, eager to assault residents. And behind them is the Ethiopian military with tanks. The knives and the sticks aren’t the issue, it’s the tanks,” mentioned one refugee, Thimon Abrah. “They struck and burned all the place.”
“When a person, or perhaps a youngster is slaughtered, that is revenge,” mentioned one other, Tedey Benjamin. “This can be a tribal warfare.”
Ethiopia’s prime minister on Monday night time mentioned his authorities is able to “obtain and reintegrate” the refugees and that federal forces would defend them.
However many refugees say those self same forces despatched them fleeing.
Related Press video journalist Mohamed Awad in al-Qadarif, Sudan, contributed.
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