Ehiopia closes schools
ADDIS ABABA. – The Ethiopian government yesterday announced that secondary schools will be closed across the country to help support the ongoing national call amid military operations against the rebel forces.
The Ethiopian Ministry of Education announced that all secondary schools throughout the East African country will be closed for a one-week period to help in harvesting plantations of those who are on the frontline in the fight against the rebel fighters, state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC) quoted ministry officials as saying.
The latest move came as the Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF) supported by regional allies and the popular movement intensified its military operations against the rebel Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
Over the past few days, the ENDF jointly with regional forces and militia fighters has claimed control of strategic cities and towns across Amhara and Afar regions, bordering the Tigray region.
Since the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed joined frontline combat last week, ENDF and its affiliate forces have shown strong mobilization against rebel forces amid the expanding conflict in the northern part of Ethiopia.
Last week, Ahmed had called on “all patriotic Ethiopians” to join him in frontline combat against forces loyal to the TPLF. – Xinhua