Ethiopia has mobilised for war in the northern Tigray region, dashing international hopes of averting a conflict between Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government and the powerful ethnic faction that led the ruling coalition for decades.
“Our country has entered into unexpected war. The war will not come to the centre, it will end there (in Tigray),” the deputy chief of the army, Birhanu Jula, said on state television.
Troops were being mustered from around the country and dispatched to Tigray, he said. The announcement followed clashes between government forces and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), after Mr Ahmed ordered retaliation for what the government described as a TPLF attack on its troops