Tigray Given Ultimatum: Surrender in 72 Hours or Face All-out Assault by Ethiopian Forces

Photo shows the city of Mekelle, capital of the Tigray Region in northern Ethiopia. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Free Art License)

The Ethiopian government has given leaders of the mountainous Tigray region an ultimatum: surrender in 72 hours or face an all-out assault on Mekelle, the capital of Tigray.

Ethiopian military leaders have warned civilians living in Mekelle to flee, saying there would be “no mercy” during the attack. They promise tanks will encircle and bombard the city with artillery fire. The Human Rights Watch, meanwhile, is urging Ethiopia to protect all civilians, even those in Mekelle.

The civil war between the government of Ethiopia and forces loyal to the northern Tigray region has stretched on for weeks. Hundreds have died, and at least 36,000 refugees have fled across the border into Sudan.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray the violence in Ethiopia’s Tigray region would end.
  • Ask God to protect Christians in the region from Eritrean soldiers coming across the border.
  • Pray local Christians will embody the hope and love of Christ during this dark time in Ethiopia.

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