Ethiopia’s military has stepped up airstrikes in the past few days as it continues its offensive against rebel forces from the Tigre region in a nearly year-long civil war. bloomberg Report.
running news: Reports of intense conflict come days after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was sworn in for a new term in Africa’s second most populous country.
big picture: Getachev Reda, a spokesman for the Tigre region’s ruling party, the Tigre People’s Liberation Front, said casualties following airstrikes and artillery bombardment in parts of the northern Amhara region are unknown, according to Bloomberg.
- Reda told Bloomberg that thousands of pro-government fighters were seen near the towns of Hara, Vergesa and Wegel Tena.
- “We will maintain our defensive position. We are confident that we will thwart the offensive on all fronts,” Reda told Bloomberg.
of note: International criticism of the conflict has increased. UN chief Antonio Guterres on Wednesday condemned Ethiopian officials for exaggerating the magnitude of the humanitarian crisis in the country.
- President Biden also signed an executive order in September allowing the Treasury and state departments to impose sanctions against Ethiopian officials involved in the conflict.
go in: Ethiopia’s civil war extends beyond the Tigre