Ethiopia: Fighting Resumes Despite Truce

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    The Facts

    • Fighting resumed on Wed. between forces loyal to the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) and federal government troops around the northern Ethiopian town of Kobo, ending a five-month-long ceasefire.

    • Both sides blamed the other for stalling negotiations and undertaking military operations. It's unclear how these current clashes began, as access for independent observers to Tigray and northern Ethiopia is restricted.

    The Spin

    Establishment-critical narrative

    It was clear that the central government would seek to break the truce as it has continued its brutal siege of Tigray. Even with the ceasefire in effect, Addis Ababa restrained humanitarian aid deliveries in order to make the people of Tigray and regional government capitulate.

    Pro-establishment narrative

    Though the TPLF may be able to fool the international media, in reality, they were undoubtedly the instigators of the renewed fighting. It was the government that proposed the truce in the first place, and has offered peace to the terrorist TPLF a number of occasions, but it has refused to negotiate.

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