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Flare-Up in Ethiopia Tensions Dulls Hopes of Lasting Peace Deal

  • Tigray accuses federal forces of staging renewed attacks
  • Government rules out any pre-conditions to peace talks
A truck, carrying grains to Tigray and belonging to the World Food Programme (WFP), burns in the Afar region in Ethiopia. 

A truck, carrying grains to Tigray and belonging to the World Food Programme (WFP), burns in the Afar region in Ethiopia. 

Photographer: Eduardo Soteras/AFP/Getty Images

Ethiopia’s government and rebels from the northern Tigray region accused each other violating a tenuous truce they agreed in March after more than 16 months of fighting, dampening hopes that a permanent peace accord is within reach. 

The conflict devastated millions of peoples’ lives and left most of Tigray without power and incommunicado, while souring Ethiopia’s reputation as one of Africa’s top investment destinations. The two sides’ leaders have yet to meet face to face, and ongoing animosity between them has impeded efforts to distribute aid and delayed reconstruction.