Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict: UN alarmed at military build-up around Mekelle

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    The United Nations human rights office voiced alarm on Tuesday at reports of a heavy build-up of tanks and artillery around the Tigrayan regional capital of Mekelle after the Ethiopian government’s #ultimatum to surrender before a threatened attack. #HumanRights #Ethiopia #Tigray

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