Ethiopian army orders march on Tigray capital: PM

The Prime Minister of Ethiopia said that on Thursday the army has been ordered to relocate to the Tigray regional capital after the 72-hour ultimatum for the surrender of the Tigre leaders ends, and it has given home half a million inhabitants of the city. Warned to stay inside and be disarmed.

Prime Minister Abi Ahmed’s office said the military offensive “has reached its final stages” after three weeks of fighting. This means that tanks and other weapons could be locked in on Macleay, whose inhabitants were warned of “no mercy” if they did not turn away from the Tigray leaders in time.


Due to international alarm, rights groups said such terms could violate international law and put citizens at greater risk. Abi’s statement said, “We will take full care of the safety of the citizens.”

It also claimed that thousands of Tigre militias and special forces surrendered in a span of 72 hours.

The United Nations has reported people fleeing Macleay, but communications and transport links remain serious for Tigre, and it is unclear how many people received timely warnings. Tigre regional leaders could not arrive immediately.

“What is happening is beyond words and heartbreaking to see a great country,” said a message sent Wednesday by the resident of Mekele and the Associated Press. The message expressed disappointment for not being able to reach loved ones elsewhere in the region, and said, “Ohhhhhh God!”

The international community is requesting immediate de-escalation, negotiation and humanitarian access as Ethiopian forces have fought their battles from Tybre via Mekele. “Hostility in Ethiopia is a major concern for the European Union. Next to casualties, the threat of a major humanitarian crisis is imminent. An urgent de-escalation by all sides is needed,” EU Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenrich tweeted on Thursday.

But last year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner Abi has rejected international “interference”. His government has said that three high-level African Union envoys for the conflict may meet with Abi, but not with Tigre leaders.

Abi’s office said for the first time on Thursday that a “humanitarian access route” would open under the management of the country’s peace ministry, which has no details. It also said that the distribution of supplies has now started in areas of Tigray under government control.

Tigre people fleeing the conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, East Sudan, walk to the Umm Raquba refugee camp in Qadarif on Wednesday, November 25, 2020. Misri continues for refugees in Sudan, with little food, little medicine, little shelter, little. There is no contact with people leaving behind their loved ones in funding and tigare. (AP Photo / Nariman Al-Mofti)

The United Nations said that the Tigre has become “very important” in the area hours after its arrival as its 6 million population is closed.

It remains difficult to verify claims in a fight between the Ethiopian army and the heavily armed forces of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, which once dominated Ethiopia’s government but were sidelined under Abi’s rule. The two governments now consider each other illegal.

Fuel and cash are running out in Tigray, with more than 1 million people now projected to be displaced and food for about 100,000 refugees from Eritrea will run in a week, according to a UN update released overnight. And more than 600,000 people who rely on monthly food rations have not received it this month.

The travel interruptions are so frightening that even within Makeleau the UN World Food Program cannot gain access to transport food from its warehouses.

In a statement this week by a civilian representative of the area overseen by the AP, a massive bombardment of communities elsewhere described many residents who have fled.

The statement warns, others are moving from one district to another within the Tigray area and “living within the compounds of the church, roads, schools, health centers”, and it is a safe corridor. Appeals for help.

Human Rights Watch is warning that “action that intentionally disrupts the supply of relief” violates international humanitarian law, and that the complete closure of communications “as a collective penalty by imposing fines on people without a clear valid basis It is possible.”

Another crisis is that more than 40,000 Ethiopian refugees have fled to a remote area in Sudan, where humanitarian groups and local communities struggle to feed, treat and shelter them. About half of the refugees are children under 18 years of age. Many ran away with nothing.

“When it is cold, it hurts a lot,” said Alam Kafa, an injured refugee. “At night, I have to be wrapped tightly with a blanket so that I can sleep. But I can’t sleep at night. “

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“Just imagining for everything, for virtually everything, starting with your food, ending with drinking your water, going to the toilet facilities and washing your hands, something you depend on someone else , For her “Daya Vahini. This is a very difficult situation indeed. I cannot say how hard it is. “

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