Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abi Ahmed has announced the launch of a final military operation in Tigre’s independence-loving region. Announcing the operation in the regional capital McCall, he said that the army would not try to harm civilians. He also called on the citizens of the city to stay at home. He made the announcement on Thursday after the three-day deadline for surrendering to freedom fighters expired on Wednesday. However, the pro-independence group Tigray People’s Liberation Front Party (TPLF) has announced to continue the fight. This information has been revealed by the British media BBC report.
The fighting has been going on for more than two weeks between the Ethiopian army and the pro-independence Tiger People’s Liberation Front Party (TPLF). More than a thousand people are feared killed in the fight. In addition, thousands of people have fled the region and taken refuge in neighboring Sudan. The fighting began when Prime Minister Abi Ahmed blamed the TPLF forces for the attack on the military base in the area and ordered a campaign against them.
Prime Minister Abi Ahmad set a three-day deadline for TPLF fighters to surrender in a tweet on Sunday evening, when Ethiopian forces sought to capture several cities in the Tigris region. The United Nations has already expressed concern that the Ethiopian military has been deploying large amounts of tanks and ammunition around the capital Macleay in recent times.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Abi Ahmed said he had instructed the military to launch an operation in McKelley. He said that the third and final phase of the campaign against TPLF would be started in a city of about 500,000 people. He demanded that all measures be taken to limit harm to citizens. He also said that religious and historical installations, institutions and residential areas will not be targeted.
However Debrecen Gabre Michael, leader of the freedom-loving groupHe said that the people of Tigray are ready to lay down their lives to protect the right to rule our region. The TPLF force is basically a unit of paramilitary forces and consists of trained local fighters. It is estimated that the total number of members is around 2.5 lakh. Some analysts believe that if McCall falls to Ethiopian forces, the conflict in the area could turn into guerrilla warfare.
Relief agencies fear that conflict in the Tigris region could turn into a humanitarian crisis. They also fear that the Horn of Africa may destabilize the region.