ADDIS ABABA, 4 November 2020 – Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has ordered a military offensive in Tigray state in retaliation for an alleged attack on an army base.
Mr. Abiy has accused officials of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) of launching the attack on the military base.
In an address on state television, Mr. Abiy described an unknown number of soldiers killed in the attack as “many martyrs”.
An unknown number of soldiers were injured in the attack in which property was also destroyed.
The military offensive is meant to subdue TPLF officials, according to news reports citing Ethiopian officials. It is unclear how the subduing is supposed to happen.
Electricity, telephone and internet services in Tigray have been shut down.
The TPLF used to be part of Mr. Abiy’s governing coalition but fell out with the Ethiopian leader over accusations that each side was plotting to use military force to punish the other.
During a parliamentary session on Tuesday, some MPs suggested that the TPLF be designated a “terrorist organization”.
The motion was not formally tabled and has neither been heard nor passed.