Tigray Crisis Ethiopia PM Abiy Insists Military Operation Is Limited


Tigray Crisis Ethiopia PM Abiy Insists Military Operation Is Limited

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has insisted that the military operation in the northern state of Tigray has “clear, limited and achievable objectives”.

Tigrayan leader Debretsion Gebremichael has previously accused Mr Abiy’s administration of plotting to invade the state.

Some fear this may be the start of a civil war.

The head of the UN has called for an “immediate de-escalation of fighting”.

What’s the latest on the fighting?

Clashes are said to be continuing in western Tigray but details are scanty.

Ethiopia’s federal army is sending more troops to Tigray, the country’s northernmost state, says Gen Berhanu Jula, deputy army chief of staff, saying they were being mobilised from across the country.

That’s to provide support for the Northern Command, which is based in Tigray and whose base was captured by the TPLF.

Prime Minister Abiy insisted in two tweets that this operation would be “limited” and was a last resort after trying “patiently” to resolve differences peacefully for several months.

It comes after Mr Debretsion, head of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), said his troops had seized “almost all” of the weaponry at the Command.

The BBC’s Kalkidan Yibeltal in the capital, Addis Ababa, says the crisis is showing no signs of waning.

How serious is this?

It is difficult to know how intense the clashes have been and how many people have been killed.

That’s partly because the internet and phone lines have been cut off in Tigray. However, electricity has now been restored to the region.

Schools and shops in the regional capital, Mekelle, are open, and transport services to other towns have resumed, but local residents say there is a sense of fear over what the coming days may bring.


Mr Abiy has also refrained from giving details, instead promising information would be released once operations were over.

Tighter Than Expected Vote May Take Days To Resolve

What we do know is that there has been lots of fighting talk.

Mr Debretsion has said they are ready to fight to defend the region, which would be “a burial place for the reactionaries”.

While Mr Abiy’s office has accused the TPLF of “continued provocation and incitement of violence” and said “the last red line had been crossed”.

Gen Berhanu also accused regional troops loyal to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) of treason.

Tigray Crisis Ethiopia PM Abiy Insists Military Operation Is Limited


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