Addis Abeba — Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has just announced that the National Defense Forces (ENDF), led by a command post, is given order to start military offensive against TPLF in Tigray regional state.
PM Abiy claimed TPLF "took measures" and "tried to rob the Northern Command." He also claimed TPLF "opened war through Dashlah".
The Northern Command is based in Mekelle.
"The government tried to avoid war, but war can't not be avoided by one side," PM Abiy said.
"Led by a Command Post, our National Defense Forces (ENDF) is given order to discharge its responsibility to save the country. The last point of the red line is crossed; to save the country the use of force has become the last alternative."
The Prime Minister called on the Ethiopian people "to follow the situation calmly, monitor possible localized flare ups, and to stand with the national army." AS