Tigray rebels blame blockade for crippling situation

Africa

Ethiopia’s rebel fighters say a government blockade on the northern region of Tigray is to blame for the devastation that has nearly a million people on the verge of starvation.

But the federal government has blamed the situation on them.

The Tigray People’s Liberation Front, which is fighting the government, said the health system in the region has been crippled, and measures against Covid are non-existent.

It also said the economy is suffering, with banks having to close and power outages forcing companies out of business.

The rebels said the international community’s reluctance to take meaningful action against Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government has prolonged the blockade.

However, the federal government in Addis Ababa said the rebels themselves have been obstructing aid efforts, and attacking electricity workers.

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