NAIROBI, Kenya — Ethiopia’s government declared an immediate, unilateral cease-fire Monday in its Tigray region after nearly eight months of deadly conflict as Tigray fighters occupied the regional capital and government soldiers retreated in a region where hundreds of thousands are suffering in the world’s worst famine crisis.
Abiy's transformation from making peace to waging war has appalled many observers since the fighting in Tigray erupted in November.
Ethnic Tigrayans, even those who didn't support the former ruling Tigray People's Liberation Front before the war, say they have been targeted harshly for suspected links with the Tigray fighters.
Eduardo Soteras / AFP - Getty ImagesEthiopia said the cease-fire will last until the end of the crucial planting season in Tigray.
There was no immediate comment from the Tigray fighters, with whom Ethiopia had rejected talks.
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