Ethiopia Crisis: United Nations Warns Of Spreading Civil War

The United Nations, UN has warned of a spreading civil war in Ethiopia, citing violence escalating in northern the country.

UN political affairs Envoy, Rosemary DiCarlo said at a UN Security Council meeting that no one can predict what continued fighting and insecurity will bring.

The Ethiopian government’s conflict with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) began a year ago and has accelerated in recent days.

A nationwide state of emergency was declared last week and residents of the capital were told to be ready to take up arms to defend residential areas.

It would be recalled that In November 2020, Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed launched a military offensive against the TPLF, which had long run the northern region of Tigray and was a major player in Ethiopia’s national politics.

It was however gathered that tensions began to simmer when Abiy came to power in 2018 and sought to reduce its influence. Since the beginning of August, the conflict had spread from Tigray to the neighbouring regions of Afar and Amhara.