Tigray rebels accuse Ethiopia of attacks after peace deal

Tigray rebels accuse Ethiopia of attacks after peace deal
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Ethiopia’s northernmost region has been in the throes of a severe humanitarian crisis
Ethiopia’s northernmost region has been in the throes of a severe humanitarian crisis AFP

Addis Ababa  – Tigrayan authorities on Friday accused Ethiopia’s government of carrying out a drone strike on civilians, less than 48 hours after the warring parties signed a deal to end their bloody conflict.

The breakthrough agreement sealed in South Africa has been hailed internationally as a key step towards stopping a war that began exactly two years ago on Friday.

A spokesman for the rebel Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) alleged that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government had carried out attacks against civilians in the Tigrayan city of Maychew on Thursday.

“According to sources at Lemlem-Karl Hospital, drone of #Ethiopia has attacked civilians,” Kindeya Gebrehiwot said on Twitter.

He said there was artillery shelling “in the same city that killed & wounded civilians. This happens after signing the peace agreement at #Pretoria”.
The breakthrough agreement sealed in South Africa has been hailed internationally as a key step towards stopping a war that began exactly two years ago on Friday.

Ethiopia’s northernmost region has been in the throes of a severe humanitarian crisis
Ethiopia’s northernmost region has been in the throes of a severe humanitarian crisis AFP

Addis Ababa (AFP) – Tigrayan authorities on Friday accused Ethiopia’s government of carrying out a drone strike on civilians, less than 48 hours after the warring parties signed a deal to end their bloody conflict.

The breakthrough agreement sealed in South Africa has been hailed internationally as a key step towards stopping a war that began exactly two years ago on Friday.

“According to sources at Lemlem-Karl Hospital, drone of #Ethiopia has attacked civilians,” Kindeya Gebrehiwot said on Twitter.

He said there was artillery shelling “in the same city that killed & wounded civilians. This happens after signing the peace agreement at #Pretoria”.

AFP was not able to independently verify
the claims.
Access to northern Ethiopia is severely restricted and Tigray has been under a communications blackout for more than a year.

There was no immediate response from Ethiopian government officials or the African Union (AU) to requests from AFP
But Abiy’s national security adviser Redwan Hussein, who headed the government’s negotiating team, said the prime minister had presided over a briefing for ministers, regional leaders and party officials on Friday to discuss the deal and “focus on dividends of peace”.

Ethiopia’s government “remains committed to the peace agreement,” he said on Twitter.

The deal signed on Wednesday says both sides agreed “to permanently silence the guns” and to a “programme of disarmament, demobilisation, and reintegration for the TPLF combatants”.

But observers say that key details and a clear roadmap that would help sustain momentum are absent, and distrust runs deep.

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