Ethiopian Leader Rejects International ‘Interference’ in War

Ethiopia’s prime minister has rejected international help because he believes that the country can handle the conflict on its own as a 72-hour surrender ultimatum will occur on Wednesday.

Ethiopia’s prime minister has rejected international help because he believes that the country can handle the conflict on its own as a 72-hour surrender ultimatum will occur on Wednesday.

“We respectfully urge the international community to refrain from any unwelcome and unlawful acts of interference,”  Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s office said as government forces encircled the Tigray capital, Mekele, with tanks. “The international community should stand by until the government of Ethiopia submits its requests for assistance to the community of nations.”

However, communications in Tigray region of 6 million  people have been severed. 

Due to this, it is not clear how many people in Mekele are aware of the threat of artillery fire.

Thousands of people have been killed in three weeks of fighting. 

Approximately 40,000 refugees have fled to Sudan. 

Almost 100,000 Eritrean refugees at camps in northern Tigray were close to the line of fire.

Abiy’s government claims that its goal is to protect civilians, including Tigrayans, however reports continue to show discrimiation, arrests, frozen bank accounts and house-to-house searches.


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