Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched a military offensive in the Tigray region last week after opposition forces reportedly attacked a federal army base. The violence marks the latest in a series of tensions between Abiy’s government (which took power in 2018) and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (a once-dominant political party in Ethiopia). The United Nations issued a statement calling for de-escalation on Friday, warning of the potential for mass displacement and destabilization if the violence continues.
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