Daily US Times: The government of Ethiopia has declared a ceasefire in the Tigray region – 8 months after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent troops to oust its leadership.
The ceasefire announcement came as witnesses reported anti-government troops in the streets of Tigray’s capital, Mekelle.
All sides have been accused of carrying out human rights violations and mass killings.
More than five million people are in urgent need of food aid, according to the UN, with 350,000 facing famine.
On Monday, reports began to emerge that the Tigrayan fighters had forced the interim administration from Mekelle.
Getachew Reda, a spokesperson for the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), told Reuters news agency that the city was now under their control.
A number of people in Mekelle have also said that they are celebrating federal troops’ departure. An unnamed source within the interim government told AFP news agency that “everyone has left”, while two eyewitnesses told Reuters Tigrayan soldiers were seen in Mekelle.
The government of Ethiopia is yet to comment on reports that its troops have been pulled out.
But a statement published on Monday did clarify some of the details around the ceasefire, saying it would “stay until the farming season ends”, allow aid to reach those in need and give space to find a political solution.
Antonio Guterres, The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, said it was “essential that civilians are protected, humanitarian aid reaches the people in need and a political solution is found”. However, he was “hopeful” that the ceasefire would take place.