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Ethiopia’s Tigray Region Commits Commitment to Humanitarian Armistice – SABC News

Insurgent Tigrayan troops in Ethiopia have said they will respect a ceasefire proposed by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government, as long as enough aid is provided to their war-torn northern region “within a reasonable time”.

The government in Addis Ababa on Thursday declared a halt to hostilities, saying it was seeking help in Tigray.

“The Tigray Government will do everything in its power to ensure that this cessation of hostilities is a success,” the Tigrayan Regional Government said in a statement issued late Thursday.

War broke out between the rulers of Tigray – the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) – and the central government led by Abiy, in November 2020.

The conflict, which later defeated neighboring regions, killed thousands and displaced millions across northern Ethiopia and neighboring Sudan.

The United Nations has said that more than 90% of the 5.5 million Tigranes need food aid.

The federal government has always said that aid is allowed to enter Tigray, but only a small amount has been withdrawn since Ethiopian troops withdrew from Tigray in late June last year.

Tigray leaders have blamed federal authorities and authorities in neighboring Afar and Amhara regions for blocking aid in Tigray, allegations they deny.

The central government has accused Tigrayan fighters of blocking aid because they have invaded Afar, a neighboring region along the only land route currently open in Tigray.

The United Nations and the United States welcome Addis Ababa’s declaration of a unilateral ceasefire, following a visit by the US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, David Satterfield, to the capital Addis Ababa this week.

Ethiopia’s Tigray Region Commits Commitment to Humanitarian Armistice – SABC News

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