On Wednesday, Ethiopian authorities issued an arrest warrant for 76 High Ranking Military Officers and Sub-ordinate military personnel over treason related to the Tigray conflict north of the country.
Tigray Conflict Escalates, Gov't Rejects External Mediation
The Ethiopian Federal Police Commission said that the officers involved participated in an attack two weeks ago on the Ethiopian army. The authorities have refused to accept international mediation as the conflict escalates.
The list includes active and retired military members that are accused of “forcefully dismantle the constitution and constitutional order” in the country, as well as working alongside the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF).
“By advancing rule of law and holding accountable those that have been looting, destabilizing Ethiopia, we will lay the foundation for lasting peace and harmony,” Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said.
The government claimed that its forces are successfully advancing towards the capital of Tigray, Mekelle city. In recent days thousands of people have run away to neighboring Sudan, trying to survive the conflict. However, with roads blocked and Internet shut down in the 5 million people region, it isn't easy to verify most of both parties' claims.