Ethiopia's Tigray Conflict - UN Security Council is 'Concerned'
As the conflict in northern Ethiopia's Tigray region enters its sixth month, the United Nations Security Council has broken its silence and called for scaled-up humanitarian access and "a restoration of normalcy", Voice of America reports. The statement from the 15-nation council expressed "deep concern" about reports of sexual and gender-based violence against women and girls in Tigray, calling for investigations and accountability, but did not directly condemn them. Council members reiterated their strong support for regional mediation efforts. Ireland led the negotiations to achieve the consensus statement.
The region has been wracked by conflict since November 2020, when fighters from the Tigray People's Liberation Front attacked army bases in the region, according to the national government. The attack prompted the government to launch a military offensive to push the group out, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said.
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Tens of thousands of Ethiopians have been displaced by the ongoing conflict in the Tigray region (file image).