NAIROBI, Kenya – Ethiopia appears to be preparing for a civil war on Thursday as the country’s military pushes hostile actions against the powerful rulers in the Tigray’s northern region, gathering troops from all over. the country as its leaders ignore international plea to step back from the brink.
“Our country has entered a war they did not foresee,” General Birhanu Jula, deputy commander of the National Defense Force of Ethiopia, said on state television Thursday afternoon. “This war is shameful, it’s meaningless.”
In early clashes, there were “wounded soldiers on both sides,” he added.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced military operations in Tigray, accusing the ruling Tigray People’s Liberation Front of equipping illegal militias and staging an attack on a unit. major federal troops in the area.
Western officials reported clashes between federal and local security forces in Tigray on Wednesday left dozens dead. Internet and phone services to the area have been cut since early Wednesday.
Speaking on Tigrayan TV on Thursday, Tigray’s regional president, Debretsion Gebremichael, said: “The Tigray people have full potential to destroy the enemies far and near, who step up to peace and declare war. with the Tigray. “
Declan Walsh reports from Nairobi, Kenya, and Simon Marks from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.