(HorizonPost.com) – A decades-long simmering feud between the federal government of Ethiopia and the province of Tigray exploded into military conflict with dozens dead and hundreds wounded after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed authorized airstrikes and other military action against the region. The PM claimed it was a response to an attack by a “rebel” group on a military base which news sources said could not be confirmed.
Through Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the United States has expressed its concerns about the violence.
We are deeply concerned by reports that the Tigray People’s Liberation Front carried out attacks on Ethiopian National Defense Force bases in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. We urge immediate action to restore the peace and de-escalate tensions.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) November 4, 2020
A response to that post came from someone purportedly in the region who noted that the PMs term of office expired on October 5, 2020, and is, therefore, illegitimate.
The international community and institutions needs to put real pressure on the regime in 4 kilo to release all poltical leaders,negotiate in ernest & hold a free election otherwise the country is descending into a civil war & disintegration, the affect of will be felt in Europe.
— Son of Tigray (@son_tigray) November 4, 2020
The United Nations has also voiced their fear that this could expand throughout the Horn of Africa, saying that “such violence only leaves desolation” and that a primary concern of all parties involved should be to protect civilian populations. The organization’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, denounced the province’s actions of restricting people’s rights to travel and having cut off all forms of communications in the area.
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