The rapid defeat of Ethiopian forces was an astonishing reversal in a civil war that resulted in the displacement of nearly two million people in the Tigray region, widespread famine and reports that civilians were victims of atrocities and sexual violence.
The parade of prisoners served as a sharp rebuke to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who proclaimed in a speech in the nation’s capital Addis Ababa on Tuesday that reports of his troops’ defeat were “a lie” . He had declared a unilateral ceasefire, he insisted, for humanitarian reasons.
Mr Abiy actually declared victory last year
On Thursday, a bridge was destroyed that provided vital access over the Tekeze River to the town of Shire in central Tigray, where the UN estimates there are between 400,000 and 600,000 internally displaced people. country living in dire conditions.