Ethiopia: Internet and Telephone services shut down in Tigray

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed [photo: Middle East Online]

Nov,5th 2020 – The Ethiopian Government has yet again retaliated on Tigray for threatening its sovereignty and trying to rob artillery from an Ethiopian Military camp.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has now restricted telephone and internet services to the troubled region of Tigray. The  sanction follows orders for the Ethiopian military to attack forces of the regional administration in Tigray.

Dispatches from the office of the Prime Minister in Addis Ababa

According to Access Now, an Information access group, the region had been closed to the world after Addis Ababa imposed a six month State of Emergency. Access Now said, “Mobile network, fixed-line internet and landline telephony have been cut in Tigray, as PM declares a state of emergency and orders military intervention against Tigray People’s Liberation Front.

In a statement issued by PM Ahmed on Wednesday, it says that the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) ambushed a military camp in Tigray that is commanded by the Ethiopian National Defence Forces and attempted to steal weapons.

According to the PM’s office, “The attack on the Northern Command (of ENDF) has been premised on TPLF viewing the Ethiopian National Defence Forces as a foreign army rather than an army that has been protecting the people of Tigray for more than twenty years. Resultantly, TPLF has chosen to wage war in Dalshah.

In July, Intrnet was shut down in Ethiopia for about a month following the deadly protests that followed the assassination of activist and popular musician Hachalu Hundesssa.

By Thursday morning, calls to Tigray were not going through while they reamined offline on their internet platforms. Local asministration has also warned against any millitary movement near its borders after Addis Ababa ordered troops to launch attacks on TPLF.

The administration of Tigray has threatened to take action against any forces that will attempt to cross the regional borders.

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