Ethiopia: Tigray forces accept ‘humanitarian’ cease-fire
26 March 2022 | 3:38 pm
Tigray fighters have agreed to uphold a cease-fire in the war-ravaged Tigray region to allow for the delivery of aid. Hundreds of thousands of people in Tigray face starvation.
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