Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who final yr received the Nobel Peace Prize after reaching a pact with Eritrea and helped lead mediation efforts to curb violence in Sudan, has rejected the African Union’s try and mediate talks between his personal authorities and Tigray, a rebel-held northern Ethiopia area, Reuters stories.

Abiy reportedly plans to start peace talks solely after the federal government’s forces seize leaders of the Tigray Folks’s Liberation Entrance. Till then, the military will reportedly proceed its march towards Tigray’s capital metropolis, Mekelle, which it says it would attain quickly.

The preventing broke out earlier this month and has more and more intensified. Tons of of persons are estimated to have died within the battle, and greater than 30,000 refugees have fled to Sudan for the reason that battle started, with maybe 200,000 extra presumably crossing the border earlier than too lengthy, per Reuters. The United Nations Excessive Commissioner for Refugee consultant in Ethiopia, Ann Econtre, stated she was “deeply involved in regards to the worsening humanitarian scenario in Tigray, which is compounded by the shortage of entry and our present incapacity to herald meals and provides to these in want.” Learn extra at Reuters and Al Jazeera.

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