ETHIOPIA DOWNPLAYS WAR FEARS WHILE SEEKING TO QUELL TIGRAY | AfriTV Online

Ethiopia’s Nobel-winning leader said on Monday his nation was not descending into chaos despite a military offensive against the restive Tigray region where air strikes and fighting have killed at least half a dozen people in recent days.   “Ethiopia i...

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ETHIOPIA DOWNPLAYS WAR FEARS WHILE SEEKING TO QUELL TIGRAY

Published by: A. Odean
11/09/2020 02:11 PM

Ethiopia’s Nobel-winning leader said on Monday his nation was not descending into chaos despite a military offensive against the restive Tigray region where air strikes and fighting have killed at least half a dozen people in recent days.

 

Ethiopia is grateful for friends expressing their concern. Our rule of law operation is aimed at guaranteeing peace and stability once and for all by bringing perpetrators of instability to justice.Concerns that Ethiopia will descend into chaos are unfounded and a result of not understanding our context deeply.” he tweeted on Monday.

 

The 44-year-old, who is the continent’s youngest leader, won the Nobel Peace Price last year for democratic reforms following years of repressive government and for making peace with Eritrea after a border war that had killed tens of thousands. But the conflict in Tigray threatens national stability.

 

Last week Abiy, who comes from Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group the Oromo, launched a military campaign saying forces loyal to Tigrayan leaders had attacked a military base and attempted to steal equipment. The Tigrayans account for just 5% of Ethiopians but had, before Abiy’s rule, dominated politics since rebels from their ethnic group toppled Marxist military rule in 1991.

 

Federal government fighter jets have in recent days been bombing targets including arms depots in Tigray. Aid workers on Sunday reported heavy fighting between troops loyal to each side, with at least six dead and dozens wounded.

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