ADDIS ABABA, 11 November 2020 – Residents of Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray have been told to mobilize in order to defend themselves against what regional authorities call “flagrant aggression” from the federal government in Addis Ababa.

Hundreds have been killed in nine days of fighting, according to news reports.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has rejected calls for peace talks with the Tigray regional authorities.

The once powerful Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) ell out with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed soon after he came to power in 2018.

Growing tensions between the TPLF and PM Abiy Ahmed have been fuelled, among others, by demands for self-government.

The current fighting was sparked by an attack on an Ethiopian military base in Tigrayan capital, Mekelle, which Addis Ababa blamed on the TPLF.

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