Ethiopian government accuses rebel group for “beating drums of war”

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Cows walk past a tank damaged in fighting between Ethiopian government and Tigray forces, near the town of Humera, Ethiopia, March 3, 2021. Picture taken March 3, 2021. To match Special Report ETHIOPIA-CONFLICT/EXPULSIONS REUTERS/Baz Ratner
Cows walk past a tank damaged in fighting between Ethiopian government and Tigray forces, near the town of Humera, Ethiopia, March 3, 2021. Picture taken March 3, 2021. To match Special Report ETHIOPIA-CONFLICT/EXPULSIONS REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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The Ethiopian government on Thursday accused the rebel Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) for “beating drums of war.”

Although the Ethiopian federal government repeatedly stated its readiness to resolve the situation in the northern part of the country, the TPLF has continued belligerence and beating drums of war, state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC) quoted Legesse Tulu, Ethiopian government spokesperson, as saying.

He said the rebel group is mobilizing the people of Tigray for another devastating war, and eventually disrupt the upcoming agricultural work that will ultimately cause another round of disaster to the East African country.

Humanitarian aid is recently heading to the Tigray region after the Ethiopian government and the rebel forces agreed to a conditional cessation of hostilities and unhindered delivery of humanitarian aid into the region.

Tulu, however, said even though the Ethiopian government, along with partners, has continued delivering aid to the affected people in the Tigray region, “the government does not believe that the aid is properly reaching the target people in need. The TPLF is diverting the aid meant for the people to its fighters.”

Earlier this week, the Ethiopian government had accused the rebel TPLF of obstructing humanitarian air transportation into Ethiopia’s conflict affected Tigray region.

“The group using the people of Tigray as a weapon of propaganda, once again shows its priority is disseminating false information instead of providing aid to the people,” the Ethiopian Federal Government Communication Service had said.

The Ethiopian parliament had designated the TPLF as a terrorist organization in May 2021.

Ethiopia, Africa’s second-populous nation, has seen a devastating conflict between forces loyal to the rebel TPLF and the Ethiopian National Defense Force, backed by allied forces since November 2020. The conflict has left millions in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

Earlier this month, Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat welcomed key confidence-building measures toward the peaceful resolution of the conflict in Ethiopia.

The chairperson acknowledged improvements in humanitarian access and support to the affected regions, following the humanitarian truce and ceasefire. Enditem

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