Ethiopia ends ceasefire when Tigray rebels

Ethiopia on Tuesday ended a ceasefire against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which had previously stopped the government’s military offensive in the north of the country.

The announcement to end the ceasefire declared by the government in the conflict with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) came in a statement from Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s office.

Nearly 2 million Ethiopians have been displaced internally as a result of the conflict, while tens of thousands have fled to neighboring Sudan.

The statement called on all Ethiopians to rally behind the country’s military in the fight against the TPLF, whose forces attacked the northern command of the Ethiopian defense forces stationed across Tigray, including in Mekele.

On November 4, 2020, the Ethiopian government launched an extensive law enforcement operation in Tigray where many major TPLF leaders were either killed or arrested. The uprising has continued despite this and is now expanding south, west and east to the neighboring regions of Amhara and Afar.

“The killings and looting of communities in neighboring Amhara and Afar regions continue,” the statement said.

“They have prevented farmers from cultivating their land. They even robbed monasteries. They prevented aid trucks from entering the Tigray,” it added, accusing the TPLF of banning the distribution of food in Mekele to those who would not join. them.

“Its (TPLF) leaders have arrogantly declared that the TPLF’s goal and purpose is to dismantle Ethiopia. With the help of foreign aid, they have chosen to pull the trigger for further destruction.”

It called on the public to be “the eyes and ears of the country to track down and expose spies and agents” for the rebel group.

Last week, TPLF fighters conquered the historic city of Lalibella, which hosts 13th-century cliffs.

The group is said to have massacred more than 200 internally displaced civilians, including more than 100 children protected in a camp, according to Al Jazeera, which caused an uproar in the Horn of Africa.

TPLF has been shelling the town of Woldiya in Wollo, Amhara State, in recent days, eyewitnesses told the Anadolu Agency by telephone as local militias tried to repel the offensive.


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