Ethiopian leader calls for mass mobilization as war against Tigray forces widens
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed urged “all capable Ethiopians” to join the army, special forces and regional militias to support the fight against Tigrayan rebel forces, a call for full mobilization in a civil war that is tearing apart the country. second most populous country in Africa.
Mr. Ahmed’s office statement on Tuesday appears to be the latest evidence that the six-week ceasefire in the troubled northern Tigray province is collapsing. Ahmed’s government had called for a unilateral end to hostilities in the province after suffering a defeat by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Tigray, or TPLF, which seized their regional capital in June and paraded thousands of prisoners of war.
In recent days, the Tigrayans have started to advance south into neighboring provinces, where the ceasefire does not apply.
“The time has come for all able and adult Ethiopians to join the defense forces, special forces and militias to show their patriotism,” the statement said. “Every Ethiopian must work closely with the security forces. ”
There was no immediate response from the TPLF. The group pledged to “drive out the enemies” from the Tigray region and capture more surrounding territory to ensure its safety.