Dialogue Unlikely as Ex-Soldiers Called On To Defend Ethiopia

The AU Peace and Security Council has convened an emergency session under the title 'update on the situation in Northern Ethiopia' days after the national defence force called on former army officers to register and "contribute with their knowledge and experiences in order to thwart the ongoing assault".

On November 6, 2021, thousands of demonstrators flocked to a pro-government rally on Meskel Square, Addis Ababa's main gathering place.

Tigray forces are advancing towards Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa as the humanitarian crises escalates, while the UN has offered help with starting a dialogue to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who earlier declared a state of emergency. 

U.S. Special Envoy Jeffrey Feltman travelled to Addis  in response to "continued escalation of armed conflict and civil unrest in Amhara, Afar and Tigray", the State Department said.

But calls for a national dialogue as a way out of the crisis are not gaining traction. Murithi Mutiga of the International Crisis Group says both sides have decided that they can settle the conflict militarily. Tigrayan forces have gained strength while the federal has stepped up its war rhetoric.

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Smoke from a military airstrike rises above the streets of Mekele.

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