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Ethiopia Declares Unilateral Truce in War-Ravaged Tigray

  • Ceasefire seeks to address humanitarian situation: government
  • War raged on for almost 17 months, claiming thousands of lives
A civilian fleeing violence sits in a bed covered with a mosquito net in the city of Semera, Ethiopia, on Feb. 17. 

A civilian fleeing violence sits in a bed covered with a mosquito net in the city of Semera, Ethiopia, on Feb. 17. 

Photographer: Eduardo Soteras/AFP/Getty Images
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Ethiopia’s government declared a unilateral truce in the northern Tigray region where a civil war that’s raged since November 2020 has displaced millions of people and brought hundreds of thousands to the brink of starvation.

“The government of Ethiopia hopes that this truce will substantially improve the humanitarian situation on the ground and pave the way for the resolution of the conflict in northern Ethiopia without further bloodshed,” the government’s communication services said in a statement on Thursday.