End of the state of emergency in Ethiopia and intensification of fighting in “Afar”

The Ethiopian government announced on Wednesday the end of the state of emergency imposed in the country three months ago, against the backdrop of intensifying battles with the Tigray Liberation Front.

An official source told Al Arabiya that the decision was issued after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

Interestingly, the Ethiopian parliament passed a resolution last November that imposed a state of emergency in the whole country, in coinciding with the advance of anti-government forces in the areas near the capital Addis Ababa.

Comparisons in course

Meanwhile, for the third consecutive day, military clashes continued on the borders between the Afar and Tigray regions.

The Afar region government, loyal to Prime Minister Abi Ahmed, said Tigray fighters launched an attack on the region and brutally bombed the cities of Abala and Magal, causing civilians to die and injure.

He also revealed that his forces had repelled an attack by Tigray Front fighters in thearea of Risso with the aim of infiltrating its areas after bombarding it with heavy artillery.

On the other hand, the Tigray Front claims that the Ethiopian army forces have tried to encircle the region through the Afar region in the east of the country, pointing out that it has been monitoring military movements hostile to Afar.

Several decisions

It is interesting to note that the Ethiopian government’s decision to cancel the state of emergency is among the decisions through which the Abi Ahmed government wants to establish a turning point in the crisis despite the continuing violence and fighting. in some areas, after the army was in able to reach the camp gains and defeats a major attack during which Tigray forces invaded most of the towns and cities of “Lou” county and reached only 130 km north of the capital, Addis Ababa.

These decisions also included the release of opposition leaders, including leaders of the Tigray Liberation Front and “Oromo” activists, the initiation of preparations for a global national dialogue, the launch of a unified digital identity program for the citizens of the Ethiopian Federation, and the organization of the African Summit on its date of 5 and 6 next month, in a victory A politician and diplomat has followed vigorous efforts to hold him in person at the union headquarters in Addis Ababa, which will give the impression that life is gradually returning to normal in the country.

Embassies and governments have urged their citizens to leave Ethiopia. Many staff members of the United Nations and African Union agencies have left Addis Ababa. With the return of calm in the areas surrounding the capital, according to local sources, they have begun to return.

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