Ethiopia Declares State of Emergency as Rebels Advance Toward Capital
Ethiopia launched a military campaign one year ago into the northern Tigray region expecting to win a swift campaign. The Ethiopian military was forced to withdraw from the region in June as thousands of soldiers were captured and the fighting began moving south. Now, as the military falls into disarray in its southward retreat, the government is forced to retreat and leave the defense to civilian militias. The Tigrayans recently captured the towns of Dessie and Kombolcha, which are located just 160 miles away from Ethiopia’s capital. In the wake of this, Ethiopia has declared a state of emergency on Tuesday and is now calling all citizens to pick up arms in preparation for an attack.