Ethiopia to US: stop spreading ‘misinformation’ about war

Ethiopia’s government has warned the United States against “spreading false information” as fighting in the country’s annual war draws closer to the capital Addis Ababa, while thousands protested outside US and British embassies.



NAIROBI, Kenya – Ethiopia’s government on Thursday warned the United States against “spreading false information” as fighting in the country’s annual war draws closer to the capital Addis Ababa, while thousands protest outside US and British embassies. did.



Ethiopia’s war is not only against the forces of the country’s Tigre region, but also with the colonization of powerful states in the West, government spokesman Kebede Desisa said.



Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who announced this week that he was heading to the battlefield to direct the military, once cast the conflict as a “law enforcement campaign” against Tigre leaders, which has long Before a political collapse dominated the national government.

He now calls it an “existential war” and appeals to fellow Africans for support in the struggle against Western interference.

“I am here in protest of foreign atrocities that are planned to undermine Ethiopia’s sovereignty,” said Varku Tadese, one of Thursday’s protesters.

The conflict that erupted in November 2020 has killed tens of thousands, and nearly half a million people in Tigre face a state of famine under a month-long government blockade. Tigre forces say they are pressuring Abiy’s government to lift the blockade, but also want the prime minister to step aside.

Ethiopia’s government designated Tigre forces as a terrorist group earlier this year, further complicating mediation efforts by the US and the African Union for a ceasefire.

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