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A man injured in airstrikes at Ayder Referral hospital in Makale, in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, on September 14, 2022. A man injured in an airstrike at Ayder Referral hospital in Makalé, in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, on September 14, 2022. STRINGER / Portal

In Ethiopia, peace again seems out of reach. The resumption of hostilities in the north of the country in late August shattered a five-month ceasefire and ushered in the third phase of an endless civil war that has pitted insurgents from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) against one another since November 2020. ) to the federal government. While a few days ago it said it was open to talks, in a press release issued Tuesday, September 20, the rebel group called on every Tigrayan to “make themselves fully available for the all-out war” they are waging .

For almost a month the fighting has been raging, the artillery is rumbling and the Luftwaffe is striking. US envoy Mike Hammer said he wanted to continue mediation efforts at the UN General Assembly that started Tuesday in New York, but a secret meeting he organized in Djibouti earlier in September fell through.

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The September 14 political sequence illustrates what one Ethiopia-based European diplomat describes as “a fool’s game on both sides”. On that day, Ethiopian Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen told a European delegation visiting Addis Ababa that “the government is committed to the African Union-led peace process and hopes that the European Union will support efforts to bring the conflict to a peaceful conclusion.” supports”.

At the same time, 500 km to the north, Luftwaffe drones bombed Makalé, the capital of Tigray. Ten people were killed and thirteen others injured in the strike, according to Fasika Amdeslasie, a surgeon at Ayder Referral Hospital in Makalé. Later in the day, the Ethiopian embassy in Paris took to social media to appeal for diaspora donations to support the war effort.

Hundreds injured every day

With northern Ethiopia largely inaccessible to the media and humanitarian organizations, the international community is left in limbo. But the fierceness of the fighting can hardly be doubted. According to humanitarian sources, hundreds of people are injured in the clashes every day. Hospitals and morgues are overcrowded.

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Eritrea’s role disrupts the search for a ceasefire. An ally of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and a sworn enemy of the TPLF since the 1998 border war, his army was responsible for countless human rights abuses during the occupation of Tigray two years ago. There is “reasonable reason to believe that the federal government and allied regional governments [principalement l’Erythrée] have committed and continue to commit crimes against humanity on ethnic grounds,” said a report intended for the UN Human Rights Council and released on Monday.

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