As the Ethiopian government declares a ceasefire, Tigray's old rulers reclaim the regional capital

29th June,2021

As the Ethiopian government declares a ceasefire, Tigray's old rulers reclaim the regional capital




Former rulers of Ethiopia's Tigray province claim control of Mekelle, the regional capital, following the national government's unilateral ceasefire declaration. Residents in downtown Mekelle witnessed scenes of celebration in the streets after seeing rebel fighters for the first time since they were forced out by government forces in November.
The developments represented a seismic shift in a conflict that has taken the lives of thousands of people, displaced over 2 million people, and driven hundreds of thousands to the threshold of famine.
Following a request from the interim regional administration in Tigray, which Addis Ababa appointed after removing TPLF forces, Ethiopia's government declared a ceasefire.
"This unilateral ceasefire declaration begins today, June 28, 2021, and will last until the end of the farming season," the federal administration said in a statement.
Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary-General, said he had spoken with Mr Abiy and was "hopeful" for a "effective stop of hostilities."
"It is critical that civilians are protected, that humanitarian help reaches those who need it, and that a political solution is found," said Mr Guterres in a statement.