The Ethiopian region of Amhara declares a state of emergency as TPLF troops advance
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has called on the people to take up arms in order to “bury the Popular Terrorist Front for the Liberation of Tigray (TPLF), which has come to destroy the country”.
Abiy Ahmed has defended in a message posted on the social network Facebook that the TPLF “continues to be a scourge for Ethiopia” and intends to “lead the country to its death”, for which he encourages citizens to “their occasional affairs” and that “march legally with all necessary weapons to” prevent and reverse the advance of the group “.
The news was released shortly after authorities in the Ethiopian region of Amhara, in the north of the country, declared a state of emergency on Sunday amid the advance of the TPLF, which the day before claimed to have captured the strategic city of Dessi.
According to a decree by the Amhara State Council, collected by the Addis Standard newspaper, all government institutions will cease their activities in the region in order to focus on the conflict.
In addition, the authorities have imposed a curfew from 8 p.m. (local time). According to the decree, these measures are being taken because “this threat to our own existence cannot be overcome only with the legislation in force”.
Further points contained in the declaration are the obligation to surrender private vehicles and weapons if this is necessary for the development of the campaign against the TPLF.
The TPLF has been embroiled in a bloody conflict with the Ethiopian government in the north of the country for months, which began last November when Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered a military offensive in retaliation for the attack on the base in Mekelle, after months of tensions between the TPLF and the central government.
On Saturday, the US State Department called on the TPLF to withdraw its troops from the Amhara and Afar regions and to halt its advances in the cities of Dessie and Kombolcha.
“There is no military solution to this dispute and all parties must negotiate a ceasefire without prior conditions,” said Ministry spokesman Ned Price.