State of emergency in Ethiopia as rebels advance towards Addis capital
Ethiopia’s Council of Ministers has declared a nationwide state of emergency today, as war intensifies in several regions of the country. The announcement which takes effect immediately follows claims that the Tigray rebel militants are advancing closer to the Capital City of Addis Ababa.
While addressing the press, the country’s minister for Justice Gedion Timoteos said the state of emergency will be enforced to prevent civilians from being targeted by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) group.
Earlier, reports emerged that the government had urged residents in the capital to arm themselves and protect their neighborhood.
In November 2020, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent troops to Tigray in response to what he termed as attacks on army camps by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front.
The TPLF group claims control of two key cities around the capital and announced advancing towards Addis.
Airlines departing from Addis Ababa are reported to be fully booked as diplomats, government officials and Ethiopian citizens flee the capital with the impending attack by the rebels.