US meddling in Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis
Intense fighting continues between Ethiopian government troops and Tigrayan rebels. The spreading conflict threatens to further destabilise Africa's second most populous nation.
The rebel Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) has been locked in a yearlong war with the central government that has killed thousands and pushed many more into famine-like conditions.
Tens of thousands of Ethiopians rallied in Addis Ababa earlier in November to support Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's government as federal troops fight rebellious forces threatening to march on the capital.
Some demonstrators denounced the United States, one of the foreign powers that has called for a ceasefire. They rejected US demands that the government holds talks with the TPLF rebels.
Credible sources indicate that TPLF is receiving intelligence support from a foreign country on the movement of the Ethiopian army including satellite imageries.
In May this year, Ethiopia accused the US of meddling in its affairs after Washington announced restrictions on economic and security assistance over alleged human rights abuses during the conflict in the northern Tigray region.
Hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians of all walks of life took to the streets to protest what they described as interference by the US administration.