ADDIS ABEBA – Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority has announced closure of Mekele, Shire, Axum and Humera Airports effective November 6, 2020.
All Airmen have been notified through the proper communication channel via Notice to Airmen, NOTAM, the Authority said earlier today.
The air space of the Tigray region has been closed for any flight as of November 4, 2020, reported state affiliated FBC.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered the army to take military action against forces in Tigray region following, according to the federal government, an attack by TPLF forces on federal troops stationed in Tigray region.
The Prime Minister said earlier today his administration “patiently tried for several months to resolve differences with TPLF leadership peacefully”
“we tried mediation, reconciliation, dialogue. All failed because of TPLF criminal hubris & intransigence,” he continued.
“In the last straw TPLF attacked the Northern Command based in Tigray,” he said while explaining what prompted his order to attack the forces in northern region.
He said the operations by federal Defence Forces “currently underway in Northern Ethiopia have clear, limited & achievable objectives — to restore the rule of law & the constitutional order, and to safeguard the rights of Ethiopians to lead a peaceful life wherever they are in the country”.
The federal army is mobilizing troops from across the country as it continues its offensive in Tigray.
Neighboring Sudan has closed its border because of the security situation in northern Ethiopia.
Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok yesterday held talks over the phone with his Ethiopian counterpart Abiy Ahmed, saying he was following the latest developments in Ethiopia with concern.