Ethiopia declares assault on Tigray region capital – BBC News


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Ethiopia declares assault on Tigray region capital - BBC News



Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed says he is launching the “final phase” of the army’s operation in the northern region of Tigray after weeks of fighting.

He said the military would try not to harm civilians in the regional capital Mekelle – a city of 500,000 people – and urged residents to stay at home.

The TPLF party, which controls Mekelle, has vowed to keep fighting.

The UN warns of possible war crimes if the Ethiopian army attacks Mekelle.

Mr Abiy’s announcement comes after a deadline he gave for Tigray fighters to surrender passed on Wednesday.

Hundreds of people have reportedly been killed and thousands have been forced from their homes as Ethiopian forces have seized various towns in Tigray from the TPLF.

However, details of the fighting are hard to confirm because all phone, mobile and internet communications with the Tigray region have been cut.

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  1. TPLF was dictator and murdered millions civilians Ethiopians when they were in power , and still now they are the cause of many people death and displacement in Tigray. No doubt whoever supports them is either materialistic or blinded with their propaganda

  2. DR Abiy is fighting against corruption and hate. groups such as TPLF taking more than $billions to support only their families and create army. He is fighting against hate groups who wants civil war. Some groups in the ethnics think they are superior and doesn't want other ethnics to live with them but they live in foreign countries with other foreign people in peace
    I think Africa had enough of this especially Ethiopians. TPLF should thank DR Abiy . the people were gonna kill them all in every other cities in 2018 but he said they are our brothers so we should forgive and love one another. However, they mocked him saying "he is a fool, a pastor, weak and can't lead the country."

  3. Tigray OO Tigray you purged the somali recruits as soon as they met their objective..you don't have any friends.. this war is between amara dominated abiya junta and Tigray who followed ethiopian constitution and the UNELECTED PM …

  4. 80 percent of ethiopians support tigrey. Go figure.. they created a constitution and federalism that the Oromo the afar the sidaamo, bin shagul the agwa the beja almost 80 percent of ethiopians approve all above mentioned are hamatic the cushitic sub division vs pp and AMARA dominated government of abiya who yearning to be kings of thiopia and dreaming ethiopia if one language and one religion despite 65 percent of us are muslims.and choose to write our language In the latin script and rejected amara script gaiz. abiya will try but he will fail..the objective if the tigrsy war is abiyas reactionsry.. policy is recreating the glory of menenlik..the west are afraid muslim dominated ethiopia.. they will support abiya. But would that brng stability no the jini that the tplf created ..is out of the bottol let us see if the cia and rleted spy agencies can but back in the bootle.. Tigray Will prevail federalism will prevail .. china you will loose if you support abiya. Russia egypt he an apportunity

  5. BBC news still continuing with there misleading and false narratives on what’s going on in Ethiopia. It’s not a war against Tigray.! This is between the Terrorist group TPLF and the government that want to bring peace in his own country. In all of your reports you guys are just accusing the prime minister Aby Ahmed and never talk about the abuse and the killing that the TPLF has done on Ethiopians and even his own people. You guys are a bunch of corrupted news media’s that reports false narratives. It’s unfortunate. TPLF will brought to justice no matter how many lies you guys ll continue to report. Peace for all Ethiopians and Tigrayans all across the world.

  6. Abiy is commiting genocide against the people of tigray. It's sad the international community is doing nothing about it. Please stop this genocide. Abiy most stop killing innocent people. Stop the war.

  7. Where is the 'breaking news ' BBC (biased broadcast center)?…..why is the silence about ethiopia military control of mekele? Don't u hear the news ?…..Ummmm i got it, u don't hear Ur own defeat.we know u well since tewodros II.

  8. BBC taking the side of separitist terrorists as are the UN. They didn't seem too bothered when these psychopaths were commiting genocide on innocent civilians. Now they plead for leniency when the central government rightly responds with force.
    The BBC have become nothing but a muck raking propoganda machine for every revolutionary, trouble making group intent on fighting the rule of law trying to legitimise violence to appease immigrant groups everywhere with its one sided coverage.
    A cabal of ultra left-wing crackpots and champagne liberals poisoning the"news" with their immigration agenda as long as it doesn't affect them. Colonialism is in the distant past and can't just be rolled out as an excuse for every group of armed killers murdering people.

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  12. Hey, just checking out if you know well about TPLF. TPLF is a cruel enterprise that dwarfs ISIS and Al-Shabaab in its heinous crime against humanity. Looking from distant, don't confuse them with genuine freedom fighters. They are blood-thirst "Junta" who have no ears or eyes. If in case you don't know, their wives and children are leading lavish life in US, Canada and UK. Who is dying in the mess they created are the sons and daughters of the poor lured through their propaganda machineries. Read about them and what they did in the last 27 years from Human Rights watch, Amnesty International and other human rights watch groups. I am sure you will understand how they are deceiving the international community and feel so sorry for the poor who are engulfed in this unnecessary fire.

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