Abiy Ahmed gives Tigrayans 72 hours to surrender … or “The attack will begin.”

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After the Ethiopian army announced its intention to use tanks to encircle the capital of Tigray region, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed calls on the Tigray People’s Liberation Front forces to surrender, before the army begins an attack on the provincial capital.

  • The President of Ethiopia stands next to Abiy Ahmed during honoring the National Defense Forces in Addis Ababa (AFP)

The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, gave the Tigrayans 72 hours to surrender before “the army begins an attack on Mekele, the provincial capital.”

Abi Ahmed said on Twitter this evening, Sunday, “We call on you to surrender peacefully within 72 hours … You are in the stage of no return.”

Today, Sunday, the Ethiopian army announced its intention to use tanks to surround the city of Mikkeli, the capital of the northern “Tigray” region, warning civilians that “it may also use artillery shells on the city.”

“The next stages are the decisive part of the operation, which is to surround Mikeli with tanks, end the battle in the mountainous areas and advance to the fields,” said the military spokesman, Colonel Degen Tsegay, in statements reported by the Ethiopian State Broadcasting Corporation.

The Ethiopian government Yesterday, Saturday, it announced that its forces had “tightened control over the city of Adigrat”, as part of a military campaign it was carrying out in the opposition “Tigray” region in the north of the country, and the cities of “Aksum” and “Adwa” in the region at the borders with Eritrea and Sudan.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister announced last Tuesday that “Military operation The one running in the dissident Tigray region will enter its “final” stage in the coming days.

وسط conflict Continuing for nearly two weeks, the government emergency committee said, “The Ethiopian National Defense Forces have carried out very accurate air operations outside Mekele, the capital of Tigray region.”

The Tigray People’s Liberation Front, which controls this region in northern Ethiopia, had launched several Saturday Missiles on Asmara, The capital of neighboring Eritrea, accusing the authorities there of supporting the Ethiopian army militarily in the Tigray region.

This comes a day after the “Tigray People’s Liberation Front” also launched missiles at two airports in the neighboring Ethiopian region of Amhara.

On 4 November, Abiy Ahmed sent the federal army to launch an attack on this northern region, after months of tension with the local authorities of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front.

The battles resulted in hundreds of deaths, according to Addis Ababa, and prompted more than 25,000 people to flee to neighboring Sudan.

Last Friday, the Ethiopian President affirmed that “the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front forces are dying”, calling on their soldiers to “rise up and defect in favor of the federal army in the next two or three days.”

He wrote on Facebook, “The three-day deadline given for regional forces and Tigrayans to join the federal army, instead of remaining games in the hands of the greedy military council.”

He also welcomed the soldiers who used this deadline, without giving further details, saying, “Since the deadline has expired, the final operations to maintain order will take place in the coming days.” As the Federal Army confirms that Dominate In the west of the Tigray region, where the battles were concentrated, as well as on the town of Alamata in the southeast of the region.

But the President of the Tigray Region, Departition Gebremikail, said last Tuesday, “The government and the people of Tigray will endure,” indicating that the battles will continue, explaining that “this military campaign cannot end. As long as the invading army is on our land, the battle will continue. They cannot silence us.” By force, “as he put it.

Various international mediations have entered a process of formulation with the aim of putting an end to the conflict.

Sanya Suri, an expert on East Africa at the Economic Information Unit, said that in addition to the “heavy” loss of life, this conflict “will lead to a wave of migration and internal displacement that may pose a threat to the stability of the region.”

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has indicated that it expects a large number of refugees to flee to neighboring Sudan, where 25,000 Ethiopians have so far arrived.

The United Nations said that “the fighting between the Ethiopian government forces and leaders in the north may expand to become difficult to control.”

The United Nations indicated that it is “likely that war crimes It was committed at a time when the flames of conflict are flying into the troubled Horn of Africa. “

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