Ethiopia – Tigray conflict: Thousands flee besieged capital ahead of military assault

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    Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy #Ahmed’s government said on Tuesday that many Tigrayan militia and special forces were surrendering in line with an #ultimatum before a threatened offensive against the regional capital Mekelle. There was no immediate response from the #Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which earlier said it had destroyed an important army division. FRANCE 24’s Maria Gerth-Niculescu tells us more.

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