The 72 hours window to surrender given by the Ethiopian federal government to the regional Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) has expired.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in a statement released 26th November directed the federal forces to carry out a third and final onslaught as they uphold the rule of law in Ethiopia.
The Prime minister in his statement assured all civilians that great care will be taken to protect them from any harm as the federal forces marches into the Tigrayan capital city of Mekelle.
He also said that “all precautions will be taken to ensure that heritage sites, places of worship, public facilities, development institutions and residential areas will not be targets”.
The Prime minister urged the people of Mekelle and its environ to disarm and stay indoors while avoiding military targets. He also requested patriotic elements in the region to expose the ring leaders of the TPLF by handing them over to law enforcement.
According to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the Ethiopian federal forces have devised a strategy to bring the ring leaders of the TPLF to justice without compromising places of worship, heritage sites, development institutions, public and private properties.