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Ethiopia – Tigray: Government deadline to surrender looms

By Morris Kiruga

Posted on November 25, 2020 13:16

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Members of the Tigrayan-Ethiopian community protest against the conflict in the Ethiopia’s Tigray region, outside the Department of International Relations and Cooperation in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

The deadline to surrender before Ethiopia bombards the northern city of Mekelle from the air is just hours away.

Failing a surrender, the Ethiopian military says it will bombard the regional capital, a city with a population of half a million people.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed rejected today growing international demands for dialogue or a halt to the deadly fighting in the northern Tigray region. He referred to such as calls as “interference”, adding his country will handle the conflict on its own as the 72-hour surrender expires today at 16:30 GMT.

In the same statement issued today 25 November, he asked the international community “to refrain from any unwelcome and unlawful acts of interference” in the ongoing conflict. This follows concerted efforts by the African Union, which is headquartered in Ethiopia’s capital, to bring the two sides to the table.