Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed yesterday said that the army has been ordered to move on the embattled Tigray capital, Mekele, after his 72-hour ultimatum for Tigray leaders to surrender ended and he warned residents to “stay indoors.”
The statement by Ahmed’s office means that tanks and other weaponry can now close in on the city of about 500,000 people.
His government has warned of “no mercy” if residents do not move away from the Tigray leaders in time.
The statement said that thousands of Tigray militia and special forces surrendered during the 72-hour period.
“We will take utmost care to protect civilians,” it said.
Communications remain severed to Tigray, making it difficult to verify claims.
Diplomats briefed on the fighting told reporters on Wednesday that federal forces were at least 30km from Mekele to the north and the south.
The UN said that shortages have become “very critical” in Tigray, as its population of 6 million people remains sealed off.
Fuel and cash are running out, more than 1 million people are now estimated to be displaced and food for nearly 100,000 refugees from Eritrea would be gone in a week, the UN said in a report.
More than 600,000 people who rely on food rations have not received them this month, it said.
Travel blockages are so dire that even within Mekele, the UN World Food Programme cannot obtain access to transport food from its warehouses there, it said.
Communications and travel links remain severed with the Tigray region since the deadly conflict broke out on Nov. 4.
Human Rights Watch is warning that “actions that deliberately impede relief supplies” breach international humanitarian law.
Ahmed’s 72-hour ultimatum for the Tigray People’s Liberation Front leaders to surrender ended on Wednesday.
The UN has reported people fleeing the city.
The international community is calling for immediate de-escalation, dialogue and humanitarian access.
Abiy on Wednesday rejected international “interference.”
Additional reporting by AFP
On the Chinese microblogging platform Sina Weibo, enthusiastic slackers share their tips: Fill up a thermos with whiskey, do planks or stretches in the work pantry at regular intervals, drink liters of water to prompt lots of trips to the toilet on work time, and, once there, spend time on social media or playing games on your phone. “Not working hard is everyone’s basic right,” one commenter wrote. “With or without legal protection, everyone has the right to not work hard.” Young Chinese people are pushing back against an engrained culture of overwork, and embracing a philosophy of laziness known as “touching
‘STUNNED’: With help from an official at the US Department of Justice, Donald Trump reportedly planned to oust the acting attorney general in a bid to overturn the election Former US president Donald Trump was at his Florida resort on Saturday, beginning post-presidency life while US President Joe Biden settled into the White House, but in Washington and beyond, the chaos of the 45th president’s final days in office continued to throw out damaging aftershocks. In yet another earth-shaking report, the New York Times said that Trump plotted with an official at the US Department of Justice to fire the acting attorney general, then force Georgia Republicans to overturn his defeat in that state. Meanwhile, former acting US secretary of defense Christopher Miller made an extraordinary admission, telling Vanity Fair that
Boeing set a target of designing and certifying its jetliners to fly on 100 percent sustainable fuels by 2030, amid rising pressure on planemakers to take climate change seriously. Regulators allow a 50-50 blend of sustainable and conventional fuels, and Boeing on Friday said it would work with authorities to raise the limit. Rival Airbus is considering another tack: a futuristic lineup of hydrogen-powered aircraft that would reach the skies by 2035. The aircraft manufacturers face growing public clamor to cut emissions in the aviation industry, which added more than 1 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere in 2019, according to
Mongolian Prime Minister Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh on Thursday resigned following a protest over a hospital’s treatment of a new mother who tested positive for COVID-19. Khurelsukh, whose Mongolian People’s Party holds a strong majority in the parliament known as the State Great Khural, stepped down after accusing Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga of the Democratic Party of orchestrating a political crisis. A small protest broke out in the capital, Ulan Bator, on Wednesday after TV footage appeared of a woman who had just given birth being escorted in slippers and a thin robe from the maternity ward to a special wing for COVID-19 patients