Ethiopia is an ethnic jigsaw puzzle of different tribes – Amhara, Oromo, Tigrayan, Sidama, Gurage, Wolayta and Somali. The government in Addis Ababa declared a unilateral ceasefire earlier this week after waging war on rebels in the northern region of Tigray since November.
The Tigray Defence Forces (TDF) rebels – led by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) – recaptured Mekelle on Monday, 28 June, after a 10-day offensive which forced Ethiopian troops to retreat.
The fall of the regional capital was a humiliating blow to the government of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
But on Wednesday, 30 June, Redwan Hussein, a spokesman for the Ethiopian government’s Tigray taskforce said, in an apparent reference to Sudan: “Ethiopia is exposed to an attack from outsiders.”
Mr Redwan said the ceasefire had been “made for humanitarian cause” but he claimed: “If it is required, we can easily enter to Mekelle and we can enter in less than three weeks.”
Mr Abiy’s government invaded the northern region of Tigray in November, claiming the…