Saturday, November 28, 2020

Aid agencies make ceasefire calls as Ethiopia’s army claims progress

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Aid agencies are calling for an immediate temporary ceasefire in northern Ethiopia to allow aid to reach civilians affected by fighting.

The UN wants humanitarian corridors set up after two weeks of conflict between Ethiopia’s military and forces backing the leadership in the Tigray region.

Hundreds of people are reported to have been killed in the clashes.

Yesterday, Ethiopia’s government said it had captured the city of Aksum and the town of Adwa.

The government said that forces battling its military in both areas had surrendered.

However, the claims have not been independently verified and information is difficult to confirm because phone and internet connections have been down since the beginning of the conflict.

Aksum is one of the largest cities in the Tigray region and the mountainous town of Adwa is also considered strategically important.