Ethiopiawarns world to stay out of conflict
NAIROBI, Kenya— Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is rejecting growing international consensus for dialogue and a halt to deadly fighting in the Tigray region as “unwelcome,” saying his country will handle the conflict on its own as a 72hour surrender ultimatum ran out on Wednesday.
The Tigray regional capital, Mekele, remained quiet but tense as sunset approached. But a statement this week from a civil society representative in the region described heavy bombardment of communities elsewhere that had kept many residents from fleeing. It pleaded for a safe corridor to ship in aid as food runs out.
The international community should “stand by” until the Ethiopian government asks for assistance, Ahmed’s office said in a statement as government forces were reportedly positioned well outside Mekele with tanks.