By John Ikani
Despite growing international calls for a ceasefire, the Government of Ethiopia says it will continue its fight against Tigrayan rebel forces.
A statement issued by the Government on social media, stressed that Ethiopia is fighting an existential war and would not crumble under foreign propaganda.
The Government says it’s on the brink of victory, but Tigrayan forces have been advancing towards the capital and seizing key towns in recent days.
African nations, the European Union and the United States have reiterated calls for a truce, and talks to end the conflict.
US Special Envoy Jeffrey Feltman is visiting Addis Ababa to press for peaceful solution.
A conflict between the Government of Ethiopia and forces in its northern Tigray region has thrown the country into turmoil.
Power struggle, an election and a push for political reform are among several factors that led to the crisis.
Fighting has been going on since November 2020, destabilising the populous country in the Horn of Africa, leaving thousands of people dead with 350,000 others living in famine conditions.
Eritrean soldiers are also fighting in Tigray for the Ethiopian Government. All sides have been accused of atrocities.