More than 10,000 civilians take up arms around Ethiopia’s capital before the advance of the TPLF. To defend

More than 10,000 people have registered their weapons in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa so far after the national government urged citizens to take up arms during the conflict with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Tigray (TPLF).

Last week, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed called on the people to take up arms in order to “bury the TPLF terrorist who has come to destroy the country”. This Monday, the Addis Ababa police spokesman, Commander Fasika Fenta, announced that more than 10,000 people have already followed the call.

The deadline for presenting the weapons is this Monday, so Fasika has asked everyone who has not yet done so to do so, reports the Addis Admas news portal.

More than 10,000 civilians take up arms around Ethiopia’s capital before the advance of the TPLF.  To defend
More than 10,000 civilians take up arms around Ethiopia’s capital before the advance of the TPLF. To defend

Ethiopia has been embroiled in a bloody conflict between the Ethiopian government and the TPLF in the north of the country for months, which began last November when the Prime Minister ordered a military offensive in retaliation for the attack on the army base Mekelle, after months of tensions between the TPLF and the central government.

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