Ethiopian PM sets 72-hour deadline for Tigrayan forces to surrender
Ethiopian PM sets 72-hour deadline for Tigrayan forces to surrender

Ethiopian PM sets 72-hour deadline for Tigrayan forces to surrender

In a statement posted on Twitter on Sunday, Abiy said government forces were now “in the third and final phase” of their military operations in the area.

“We urge you to surrender peacefully within the next 72 hours, recognizing that you are in a position of no return,” he told members of the local ruling party, the Lao People’s Democratic Front (TPLF), directly.

Ethiopian federal forces have been at war with governments in the Tigray region, which borders Eritrea and Sudan, since early November, when Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced military strikes, including airstrikes.

The controversy follows tensions over Tigray’s unanimous decision to elect a regional executive against Abiy’s wishes.

“Our operation is aimed at ending the long-won sanctions and holding responsible individuals and groups under the rule of law,” Abiy said.

Since then, “there have been frequent bombings in Mekelle’s Tigray district, as well as near churches and universities,” a humanitarian source familiar with the situation told CNN earlier this week.

Hundreds have been killed and at least 30,000 refugees have fled to Sudan, according to the United Nations.

The United Nations says a full-blown humanitarian crisis is imminent in Ethiopia.
In a statement posted by the TPLF on Facebook on Wednesday, Tigrayan swore “The people of Tigray will not kneel before the aggressors, “As Abiy says, the deadline for them to surrender has been set.

Tigrayan leaders have accused Abiy’s federal forces of killing innocent civilians while targeting churches and homes. The government has denied targeting civilians, and CNN has not been able to verify claims from either side due to communications restrictions. Internet, cell phones and landline phones are declining.

In his statement on Sunday, Abiy called on the people of Mekelle “to play a key role” in destroying the TPLF by “standing in solidarity with the defense forces”.