After the Ethiopian army announced its seizure of three cities in the northern region of Tigray, which is witnessing a bloody conflict, international organizations warned of the increasing risks to civilians as a result of the continuous attack by government forces.
However, the Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) said that the scope is “too narrow to prevent the genocide of ».
The conflict, which began in November 2020, revolves around political influence in the country, with the Ethiopian government accusing the Tigray Popular Liberation Front (TPLF), which dominated the ruling coalition until Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power in 2018.
After a lull that lasted for five months, the battles resumed last August, dashing hopes for a settlement of the conflict, which claimed a large number of civilian casualties and was interspersed with atrocities.
In the same context, Human Rights Watch called for targeted sanctions and an arms embargo to address the increased risks to civilians in the Tigray region.