La Croix: Ethiopia on the brink


The French newspaper, La Croix, said that a few weeks ago it was not possible to imagine the fall of the capital, Addis Ababa, in the hands of the Tigrayan rebels. sharp.

و .وضحت newspaper It is enough for one now to look at the rapid development of the situation in favor of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front since the end of last June when it took the initiative from the Federal Army, after an expanded alliance with the Oromo Liberation Army, that included 7 other armed groups, and nothing seemed to stop their progress, as Those who predict the fall of the capital soon believe that they are 400 kilometers from Addis Ababa led by General Tsadkan Gebri Tensa, the killer of Mengistu Haile Mariam in 1991.

“In July, I did not believe that this would happen, but today it is different, our army will defend us, but I am no longer comfortable,” said the citizen, who identified himself as Benthaniel, in Addis Ababa, to the newspaper, while Thierry Vercolon of the French Institute of International Relations believes that “The rebels have gained strength and are going to the capital.”

Gerard Prunier, a specialist in the Horn of Africa, said, “The capital will collapse and will actually fall, because it is located in the Oromo region, and the rebels are waiting for the green light to seize the vital centers in the city.” , especially that “the Tigray People’s Liberation Front was severely defeated in its attempt to capture the city of Mel, on the Djibouti road, due to the drones armed with missiles that Addis Ababa purchased from the Turks and the Chinese, which destroyed their tanks and killed more than 150 soldiers.”

humanitarian situation

Since the declaration of a state of emergency on November 2, the humanitarian situation has further deteriorated, as the police carried out a series of arrests targeting Tigrays, and at least a thousand people were arrested – according to the United Nations – on suspicion of belonging to or supporting the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, amid calls for Social networks incite murder and even genocide, reflecting the increasingly anti-Tigrai climate.

On the other hand, an international humanitarian official says that the siege of the area prevents humanitarian aid from reaching, “Since the summer we can no longer go to Mekele, the capital of Tigray, nor to the areas where our clinics are located, and our local representatives were left alone and no longer had the means to provide relief to the war victims who did not return in turn. able to cultivate their fields.

In addition to war and large-scale population displacement, droughts, floods, plagues and locusts continue to generate urgent needs across Ethiopia, the United Nations is busy pushing the belligerents into negotiation, as is the African Union and the European Union.

Although the international community has been betting with the great powers on stability and growth in Ethiopia at 9% annually over the past ten years, this country surrounded by failed states such as Eritrea and Somalia remained the guarantor of regional stability, until the conflict with Tigray.

The newspaper concluded that some countries in the region close to Ethiopia, such as Kenya, are strongly participating in mediation to resolve the Ethiopian conflict crisis, but two other countries there seem to be playing the confrontational card. It is concerned with human rights by committing numerous violations against civilians. The second is Egypt, which is suspected of supporting the rebels, as it is suspected in light of its efforts to destabilize a country with which relations have been partially strained, due to the Renaissance Dam.

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