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Ethiopia urges citizens to join armed forces as conflict spreads

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By Ayenat Mersie NAIROBI (Reuters) -Ethiopia’s government on Tuesday urged citizens to join the fight against resurgent Tigrayan forces now pushing beyond their own region in a nine-month-old war that has sparked a major refugee crisis. The call to arms came in a statement from the office of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed: “Now is the right time for all capable Ethiopians who are of age to join the Defence Forces, Special Forces and militias to show your patriotism.” The statement came six weeks after the government declared a unilateral ceasefire in the northern region of Tigray on the day Tigraya…

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