Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed joins ENDF troops on the frontline to fight advancing rebel forces, transferring his day-to-day duties to deputy prime minister Demeke Mekonnen.
Sources: The Independent
Sources: The Independent
Nine factions opposed to the government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed form a political and military alliance "to reverse the harmful effects of the Abiy Ahmed rule on the peoples of Ethiopia and beyond".
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed calls on "all eligible citizens" to join the armed forces to "stop the Tigray forces once and for all" and for all Ethiopians to "show patriotism" in this moment. Abiy had promised a swift victory when the war broke out in late 2020, but this changed in June when Tigrayan forces recaptured the region and advanced further into other regions.
The United States Agency for International Development announces it estimates as many as 900,000 in the Tigray Region are facing a man-made famine, corroborating months-long reports from citizens and international observers that the Ethiopian Army have been obstructing and looting farmers. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed continues to claim there is "no hunger" in Tigray.
Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed admits for the first time that Eritrean troops entered Ethiopia's Tigray Region and fought the rebel Tigray People's Liberation Front, and that they may have been involved in war crimes. Abiy says that Eritrean forces promised to leave the region as soon as Ethiopia's military was able to "control the border".
The Ethiopian National Defense Force says it will begin a "final phase" of an offensive on the Tigray People's Liberation Front-held city of Mekelle in the Tigray Region, following the expiration of a 72-hour ultimatum for Tigrayan forces to surrender. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed calls on the people of Mekelle to "disarm, stay at home and stay away from military targets" during the military operation.
The Tigray People's Liberation Front forces claim that they have destroyed an Ethiopian National Defense Force division. The Ethiopian government denies this and claims that many Tigrayan fighters are surrendering as the 72-hour ultimatum previously issued by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is approaching its end and a military build-up is growing around the region's capital, Mekelle.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed issues an ultimatum to the leaders of the Tigray People's Liberation Front, giving the group 72 hours to surrender before federal forces begin a ground offensive to capture the region's capital Mekelle. The Ethiopian military says Mekelle will be "encircled" and "shown no mercy".
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed abruptly sacks and replaces the Chief of General Staff of the Ethiopian military General Adem Mohammed, Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew and the head of intelligence Demelash Gebremichael.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed orders a "military response" to "subdue authorities in Tigray Region" and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) following an alleged attack on a federal military base that resulted in multiple casualties. Abiy says that the "last red line has been crossed". Later in the day, federal troops enter the region and heavy fighting is reported.