Tigray 'Junta' Plotted My Assassination, Says Ethiopia PM Abiy

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has denied that civilians were killed by the country's armed forces during an operation in Mekelle, the capital of Tigray - saying the "junta" had plotted to assassinate him and other reformist leaders. The government had announced taking control of Mekelle from the regional soldiers who were defying federal forces, and reports indicated that local hospitals and clinics are straining to cope. At the weekend, the International Committee of the Red Cross said the Ethiopian Red Cross reported mounting needs of medical supplies to care for the wounded.

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last year, said in a statement on Twitter late Saturday that the government was "fully in control" of Mekelle. This followed an apparently failed attempt by envoys from the African Union to delay the federal attack on Tigray and start negotiations. Reuters is reporting that Tigrayan forces said they had shot down a military plane and retaken a town from federal forces on Sunday.

Together with the @EthioRedCross, we have been evacuating the injured and deceased in #Mekelle, Ethiopia, on Sunday, November 29, 2020, and visiting medical facilities there.

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