“The last peaceful gate which had remained open for the TPLF clique to walk through have now been firmly closed,” the assertion learn, referring to the region’s ruling get together, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front.
Abiy claimed “thousands of Tigray Special Forces and militia members” surrendered in that point — a declare CNN has been unable to independently confirm as a result of a communications blackout in the region. Internet, cellphones and landlines are all down.
The Ethiopian federal forces have been notified to conclude the “final phase” of capturing the regional capital of Mekelle. On Saturday, the navy stated Mekelle can be surrounded by tanks and warned civilians to remember of artillery because the navy would have “no mercy for the junta.”
“Great care will be given to protect innocent civilians from harm,” Abiy wrote. “We call on the people of Mekelle and its environs to disarm, stay at home and stay away from military targets, and take all necessary precautions.”
“I urge Ethiopian leaders to do everything possible to protect civilians, uphold human rights & ensure humanitarian access,” UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres tweeted on Wednesday.
The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC), which described itself as an “independent national” establishment, additionally burdened the significance of defending civilians.
“The EHRC stresses that extreme caution to avoid civilian harm is of even greater importance, now, at this stage of the conflict,” stated EHRC chief Daniel Bekele in a tweet.