ADDIS ABEBA – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed says “the final and crucial” military operation will launch in the coming days against forces of Tigray Peoples Regional Forces (TPLF) in Northern Ethiopia.
In a message posted on Social media, Abiy said a three-day deadline given to the TPLF leaders and special forces “has expired today.”
“The final critical act of law enforcement will be carried out in the coming days,” he added.
Abiy’s warning came after his forces struck unspecified TPLF targets outside the Tigray capital Mekelle, a government emergency task-force said.
The task force has called the airstrikes “precision-led and surgical” and denying the Tigray government’s assertion that civilians had been killed.
The Prime Minister ordered a military operation against the TPLF forces following their attack on federal army bases in Tigray Region on November 4, 2020.