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Fears of tank assault in Tigray’s capital as Ethiopia PM’s ultimatum runs out (Independent.ie)

Tigray refugees fleeing the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region carry their belongings off a boat after arriving on the banks of the Tekeze River on the Sudan-Ethiopia border. Photo: Nariman El-Mofty/AP Photo
Tigray refugees fleeing the conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region carry their belongings off a boat after arriving on the banks of the Tekeze River on the Sudan-Ethiopia border. Photo: Nariman El-Mofty/AP Photo

Fears are growing over Ethiopia’s imminent tank attack on the capital of the defiant Tigray region and its population of half-a-million people.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s 72-hour ultimatum for the region’s leaders to surrender ends today. His military has warned civilians of “no mercy” if they don’t move away in time – which some human rights groups and diplomats say could violate international law

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