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The Ethiopian army launched an "final phase" in an attack on the capital of Tigray province - Walla! news

2020-11-27T23:53:42.251Z

The prime minister announced that the 72-hour ultimatum to the rebel forces had ended, and that the army had begun the final phase of conquering the capital. Human rights organizations fear widespread harm to civilians, after thousands have been killed since the start of the war. Diplomatic sources: "The rebels are preparing to dig trenches"



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The Ethiopian army launched a "final phase" in an attack on the capital of Tigray province

The prime minister announced that the 72-hour ultimatum to the rebel forces had ended, and that the army had begun the final phase of conquering the capital.

Human rights organizations fear widespread harm to civilians, after thousands have been killed since the start of the war.

Diplomatic sources: "The rebels are preparing to dig trenches"

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Thursday, 26 November 2020, 17:54

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In the video: Thousands of refugees cross the border into Sudan because of the fighting in Ethiopia (Photo: Reuters)

The Ethiopian army will begin the "final phase" of an attack in the Tigray province, Prime Minister Avia Ahmad said today (Thursday) hours after the ultimatum to the rebel forces in the province expired.

On Sunday, the government gave 72 hours to Tigray's popular liberation front to surrender or withstand an attack on Makala, the regional capital where half a million people live.



Human rights organizations fear for the lives of civilians who have been killed in the fighting, in which it is estimated that thousands have been killed since the fighting began on November 4.

Tigray's forces have not yet responded to the federal government's announcement.

The claims of the warring parties cannot be verified because the telephone and internet connections in the area are disabled and access to the area is extremely limited.

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"The 72-hour period granted to the criminal TPLF junta to surrender in peace has now ended, and our law enforcement campaign has reached its final stage," Avi tweeted.

He added that civilians would not be harmed and that thousands of fighters had already surrendered.

The front of the rebels denied that their fighters were surrendering.



Abbey's office said authorities had begun distributing aid in federal-controlled areas in the Tigray area and that four DP camps had been set up.

"This humanitarian aid will now be further intensified with the opening of a humanitarian access route under the auspices of the Ministry of Peace," it was reported.



About 43,000 refugees fled across the border from Ethiopia to Sudan, although their numbers have been reduced on several thousand to several hundred in recent days, according to the UN refugee agency examined by Reuters.



The two officials told Reuters that aid Ethiopian refugees who arrived in Sudan said that aid workers Other Ethiopians fleeing the fighting were not allowed to cross the border, one of whom said it was unclear who in Ethiopia was blocking the passage of refugees



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Abbey said refugees are welcome to return to Ethiopia.

An aid worker stationed at one of the border crossings with Sudan said they heard Ethiopian soldiers "screaming" at the refugees yesterday that it was safe to return home.

The map of the fighting in Ethiopia

Abbey, who won the Nobel Peace Prize last year for ending a long-running conflict with neighboring Eritrea, called on the people of Makla to "disarm, stay at home and stay away from military targets."

He assured that heritage sites, places of worship in development institutions and property would not be harmed in the attack.



A diplomatic source said the rebels had mobilized many forces in the capital.

"They are digging ditches and everyone has a Kalashnikov," he said.

Experts estimate that Tigray's forces have extensive military equipment and about a quarter of a million skilled combatants on the battlefield.



Two diplomatic sources said representatives from the continent sent to Ethiopia were expected to meet with Abbey tomorrow, who so far refuses increasing international pressure to open negotiations with the rebels, including from the incoming U.S. administration.



Daniel Bakla, head of the Ethiopian Government Commission on Human Rights, said that "at this stage of the conflict" it is even more necessary to avoid harming civilians.



Yesterday, the Human Rights Watch said both sides should refrain from endangering civilians, and that government warnings do not relieve it of its duty to protect civilians during its military operations on the stick.

Regional stability is in jeopardy.

Militia forces from Amhara (Photo: EDUARDO SOTERAS, AFP)

Abbey ordered the start of the operation on November 4, after accusing the Popular Front of liberating Tigray in an attack on a military base.

The Ethiopian army uses artillery, tanks and planes, and the rebels have expanded their fighting beyond the province by launching missiles and rockets at neighboring Eritrea and other Ethiopian provinces.



In addition, the war is also affecting Somalia, where the Ethiopian army has dismantled several hundred soldiers of tyrannical origin who were stationed in the peacekeeping force fighting the al-Shabab terrorist organization.



The prime minister, who hails from the Oromo and Amhara ethnic groups, denies that this is ethnic persecution as the defenders claim.

Despite their small share of the population - about 5% of the 110 million people - they were the main force in the Ethiopian government from the overthrow of dictator Mengistu in 1991 until Abbey came to power in 2018.



Since then, they claim, he has been persecuting them for corruption and human rights abuses while removing them from key positions in the federal government.

This is despite the fact that he commanded them during his military service during the war with Eritrea that lasted from 1998 to 2000.

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