Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict: Biden urges ceasefire and end to abuses

US President Joe Biden has called for a ceasefire in Ethiopia’s conflict in the northern region of Tigray.

Mr Biden demanded an end to “large-scale human rights abuses”. The fighting, now in its seventh month, has killed thousands and forced two million from their homes.

The US president also highlighted the possibility of famine.

The conflict pits the Ethiopian army and its Eritrean allies against a regional Tigrayan force.

It began last November, when Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered an attack on forces loyal to the region’s former ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), after they had overrun federal army bases.

Mr Abiy declared an end to the conflict after just a month, with the capture of Tigray’s capital, Mekelle.

But more than half a year later, the picture looks very different as fighting continues.

There is no accurate death toll, but it is thought that thousands of people have been killed. More than five million need food assistance, according to the UN.

Ethiopia, Eritrean and TPLF soldiers have all been accused of human rights abuses.

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