Conflict has intensified in the Tigray region in Ethiopia after its prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, ordered a military response to an “attack” by the ruling party of the restive Tigray region on a camp housing federal troops.
“Our defence forces … have been ordered to carry out their mission to save the country. The final point of the red line has been crossed. Force is being used as the last measure to save the people and the country,” Abiy said.
Abiy accused the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) of attacking a military camp in the region and attempting to loot military assets.
Abiy’s government has now declared a six-month-long state of emergency in Tigray.
It is unclear how it will implement the state of emergency because it has no control over the region.