Ethiopian Government Declares ‘Unilateral Ceasefire’ Amid Rebel Advance In Tigray

Ethiopian Government Declares ‘Unilateral Ceasefire’ Amid Rebel Advance In Tigray

Ethiopia's federal government declared a "unilateral ceasefire" in its war-torn Tigray region as rebel fighters entered the regional capital Mekele, sparking celebrations on the streets.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet

The ceasefire announcement came as the rebels, who have branded themselves the Tigray Defence Forces (TDF), marched into Mekele, where residents danced as local officials fled the city.

"An unconditional, unilateral ceasefire has been declared starting from today, June 28," read a statement published by state media.

The war in Tigray began last November when Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent troops in to oust the dissident regional leadership.

The ceasefire will last until the end of the current "farming season" and is intended to facilitate agricultural production and aid distribution while allowing rebel fighters "to return to a peaceful road," it said.

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