Ethiopia’s government has declared a “humanitarian truce” in its 16-month conflict with forces from the northern Tigray region.
The war has left quite 5 million people in need of food aid and none has been delivered to Tigray since mid-december.
The announcement follows a visit to ethiopia by United States of America Special Envoy for the Horn of africa David Satterfield.
The Tigrayan forces have yet to respond to the government’s move.
The head of the world Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who is from Tigray, has described the situation there as “catastrophic” and accused the Ethiopian government of preventing aid from getting through.
Ethiopia accuses the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) of stopping supplies from reaching those in would like.There are reports from the region that people are dying from hunger or the lack of medical supplies, the BBC’s ethiopia correspondent Kalkidan Yibeltal says.
In its statement on thursday, the govt. said that the truce was “indefinite” and “effective immediately”, however added that it’d only improve the lives of individuals in the north of the country if the move was reciprocated.
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It known as on the Tigrayan forces to “stop more aggression and withdraw from areas they need occupied in neighbouring regions”.
Fighting broke get in November 2020 following months of tension between the federal authorities and the TPLF, that governed Tigray.
Within weeks, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the conflict was over once federal forces took the regional capital Mekelle. but the TPLF later fought back and regained control of a lot of of Tigray.
The lengthy conflict has led to thousands being killed and left a humanitarian disaster in its wake.
Up to now, international efforts to end the fighting haven’t borne fruit.
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