Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered the army to begin an assault on Mekelle, the dissident Tigray state capital, after a 72-hour deadline for its forces to surrender expired. Abiy ordered an incursion into Tigray three weeks ago, the culmination of months of tension between his administration and the northern state’s ruling Tigray People’s Liberation Front. Tens of thousands of people have been displaced by the fighting and there have been heavy casualties, although no accurate figures are available. The TPLF, once the predominant power in Ethiopia’s ruling coalition, has been progressively sidelined since Abiy took office in 2018. The EU has given Ethiopia more than 44 million euros ($52 million) in humanitarian support this year and another 4 million euros to assist Ethiopians who have fled to Sudan.
Source: Ethiopian News November 26, 2020 07:07 UTC