Ethiopia: Tigrayan fighters agree to ‘cessation of hostilities’ | Abiy Ahmed News

The Tigray Individuals’s Liberation Entrance has agreed to the federal government’s name for a humanitarian truce, 16 months after the beginning of the civil conflict.

Tigrayan rebels have agreed to a “cessation of hostilities”, a turning level within the almost 17-month conflict in northern Ethiopia following the federal government’s announcement of an indefinite humanitarian truce a day earlier.

In an announcement despatched to AFP early on Friday, the rebels stated that they had been “dedicated to implementing a cessation of hostilities efficient instantly,” and urged Ethiopian authorities to hasten the supply of emergency help into Tigray, the place a whole lot of hundreds face hunger.

Since conflict broke out in northern Ethiopia in November 2020, hundreds of individuals have died, and thousands and thousands stay displaced because the battle has expanded from Tigray to the neighbouring areas of Amhara and Afar.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s authorities declared a shock truce, saying it hoped the transfer would ease humanitarian entry to Tigray and “pave the best way for the decision of the battle” in northern Ethiopia.

It referred to as on the Tigray Individuals’s Liberation Entrance (TPLF) to “desist from all acts of additional aggression and withdraw from areas they’ve occupied in neighbouring areas”.

The rebels in flip urged “the Ethiopian authorities to transcend empty guarantees and take concrete steps to facilitate unfettered humanitarian entry to Tigray”.

The battle erupted when Abiy despatched troops into Tigray to topple the TPLF, the area’s former ruling social gathering, saying the transfer got here in response to insurgent assaults on military camps.

Preventing has dragged on for greater than a 12 months, triggering a humanitarian disaster, as accounts have emerged of mass rapes and massacres, with each side accused of human rights violations.

Greater than 400,000 individuals have been displaced in Tigray, in keeping with the United Nations. The area has additionally been topic to what the UN says is a de facto blockade.

A 3rd of the individuals in Tigray, a area of six million individuals, face “an excessive lack of meals”, the UN stated in January, with gas shortages forcing help employees to ship medicines and different essential provides by foot.

Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman for UN Secretary-Normal Antonio Guterres, additionally advised reporters on Thursday that Guterres “hopes that this truce will translate into an efficient cessation of hostilities, revered by all events on this battle, to permit for efficient humanitarian entry for all who want it”.

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