US says concerned about ‘renewed fighting’ in Ethiopia

Antony Blinken

NAIROBI (Somaliguardian) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday Washington was concerned about renewed fighting between Ethiopia’s military bolstered by Amhara militias and Tigrayan rebels in the country’s war-wrecked north.

“Five months ago, a truce was declared in northern Ethiopia, which reduced violence and saved lives. We are concerned that renewed fighting puts that at risk,” Blinken tweeted.

“We call on the Ethiopian Government and TPLF to redouble efforts for peace to bring a permanent end to the conflict.”

It came a day after fighting erupted near the town of Kobo in the southern border of Tigray region. Both the Ethiopian government and Tigrayan rebels traded accusations over breaking a humanitarian truce unilaterally announced by Addis Ababa several months ago.

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