After Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched a war in the country's northern region of Tigray, CNN correspondent @NimaCNN says the conflict "has descended into potentially a form of ethnic cleansing."
An Ethiopian girl stands at the window of a temporary shelter at the Village 8 refugee transit camp in Sudan, which houses Ethiopian refugees fleeing fighting in the Tigray region, near the Sudan-Ethiopia border. More photos of the week: 📷 Baz Ratner
Mekelle, the capital of Ethiopia's Tigray region, was captured by the military less than a week ago prompting the government to declare victory over the rebellious northern movement. But there has been very little verifiable information since then
Our law enforcement operations in Tigray are proceeding as planned: operations will cease as soon as the criminal junta is disarmed, legitimate administration in the region restored, and fugitives apprehended & brought to justice — all of them rapidly coming within reach.
The overall safety and well-being of the people of Tigray is of paramount importance to the Federal government and we will do all that is necessary to ensure stability prevails in the Tigray region and that our citizens are free from harm and want.
Ethiopia's military threatens residents in the Tigray region's capital with artillery fire. Parties to a conflict must distinguish at all times between combatants and civilians. If Ethiopia carries out its threat, it could be considered a war crime.
It's not enough for the Ethiopian military to tell the people of Tigray's capital, Mekelle, to "save yourselves from any artillery attacks." It has a duty to spare from harm even those who stay in Mekelle, not just threaten that "there will be no mercy.”
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Thousands of people have been forced to flee Ethiopia’s Tigray region into Sudan. They fear for their lives and the lives of their families. 🚨 Lifesaving assistance is urgently needed. Here’s how you can help: