Ethiopian Prime Minister Gives Tigray Rebel Forces 72 Hours to Surrender

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has given Tigray rebel forces 72 hours to surrender before the army begins an assault in the capital of the northern war-torn region.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has given Tigray rebel forces 72 hours to surrender before the army begins an assault in the capital of the northern war-torn region.

“We urge you to surrender peacefully within 72 hours, recognizing that you are at the point of no return,” Ahmed said in a statement posted on his Twitter last Nov. 22, calling on the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) to “refrain from further massacres and destruction of cities.”

The message comes as the Ethiopian army with tanks advance steadily from the north and south of the city of Mekelle to surround it.

“The next phases are the decisive part of the operation, which is to encircle Mekelle using tanks, finishing the battle on mountainous areas and advancing to the fields,” military spokesman Colonel Dejene Tsegaye told the state-owned Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation.

Tsegaye added that they urge the public to “save themselves from any artillery attacks and free themselves” from the TPLF who he said was using the public as a shield.

“After that, there will be no mercy,” Tsegaye said, which a spokesperson from the prime minister’s office reportedly clarified to be directed to the rebels, not the civilians.

However, TPLF Leader Debretsion Gebremichael reportedly said, “As long as the occupation force is in Tigray, fighting will not stop,” promising “fierce fighting” and that the Ethiopian army will “pay for every move.”

The conflict began when Ahmed launched a military offensive last Nov. 4, accusing the TPLF of attacking federal troops.


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