Issue Brief on “Growing Civil War in Ethiopia”


A new wave of violence has erupted in Ethiopia in the beginning of November, 2020.[1] A number of soldiers and civilians have been killed so far. The dispute lies between the regional forces (Tigray People’s Liberation Force (TPLF)) and the national government (Prosperity Party).[2]

Tensions transformed into a full-fledged civil war on November 4 when Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed stated that Tigrayans had attacked a national military base and sent his troops to the region of Mekele, an area governed by the TPLF.[3] Ethiopian military has heavily bombed the region and destroyed all weaponry.[4]

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