Ethiopia says Tigray conflict to end shortly; US condemns civilian deaths

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The Ethiopian government said on Friday that its military offensive against the leaders of Tigray province was proceeding successfully and would end shortly.

"We are on track as planned," Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen said, forecasting the conflict would end "in a very short period of time" though order had to be restored and criminals caught before dialogue was possible.

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The US State Department’s top diplomat for Africa denounced the killing of civilians in the conflict between federal and local troops in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.

“We condemn the massacre of civilians in Mai-Kadra and strongly urge immediate steps to de-escalate and end conflict throughout the Tigray region,” Tibor Nagy tweeted. “It is essential that peace be restored and civilians be protected.”

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