MADRID, 18 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Ethiopian Army continues its advance towards Mekelle, the capital of Tigray, in the framework of what Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed defined as the “final” assault within the offensive launched on November 5 against the Popular Liberation Front of Tigray (TPLF), which governs this northern region.
In a statement from the unit to verify the state of emergency decreed in Tigray, the Government has denounced that the “junta” that governs the region, “anxious for the advancement of the Defense Forces”, “has destroyed four bridges that lead to the city of Mekelle and has destroyed an asphalt road between Shire and Axum. “
“In addition to the crimes committed so far, the TPLF board will soon have to be held accountable for the destruction of infrastructure,” the Executive warned, insisting in another statement that the objective of the ongoing operation is the leaders of the region. , denying an “ethnic” bias to it.
For its part, the regional government has denounced that two civilians were killed on Monday in an aerial bombardment over Mekelle and that 100,000 people have been displaced by the conflict, requesting urgent humanitarian aid, according to the DPA agency.
Meanwhile, TPLF leader and Tigray president Debretsion Gebremichael confirmed to local television on Wednesday that Ethiopian troops have taken control of Shire and Axum, but has maintained that it is a “temporary success” and promised that his forces will defeat them, according to the BBC.
For his part, Ethiopian Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen continues his tour of the region to report on the operation in Tigray. This Wednesday he met with the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, who “has expressed the desire for a speedy restoration of peace and stability,” according to the Rwandan Presidency.
In another vein, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Mark Lowcock, has expressed concern about “how the humanitarian situation is evolving in northern Ethiopia and neighboring areas,” underlining that even before this crisis in Tigray had almost a million people in need of humanitarian aid.
“The current situation is increasing the needs and vulnerability of the local population,” he stressed, in addition to disrupting the work of the UN and other humanitarian organizations.
“I ask for full access to reach people in need wherever they are; safe passage for civilians seeking assistance; and security for humanitarian workers,” Lowcock claimed, insisting that the latter should be able to offer assistance “without fear of being attacked “.