Authorities in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, announced on Tuesday that they have launched a two-day action to register weapons.
“Every resident of Addis Ababa, starting today, must register the weapons they have in their hands in a two-day period at the nearest police stations, regardless of whether the weapon has been registered in the past or not,” said the chief of the city of Addis Ababa for peace and security.
“All residents should organize in blocks and neighborhoods to protect the peace and security of their area in coordination with the security forces,” Yadeta was quoted as saying by the state media agency Ethiopia News.
The security chief at Addis Ababa also announced that unexpected checks would be carried out in various parts of the Ethiopian capital and warned individuals to stop spreading false information on social media platforms.
“Irreversible measures will be taken against the entities that work to create gaps and suspicions between the government and the people,” said Yadeta.
Increased security measures in the Ethiopian capital come amid reports of intensifying clashes between federal government allied forces and allied forces with the Tigray People’s Liberation Army (TPLF) in northern Ethiopia.
The TPLF and the Ethiopian National Defense Force, backed by allied forces, have been embroiled in a year-long conflict that has reportedly left tens of thousands dead, hundreds of thousands displaced and millions in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
The Ethiopian House of Representatives, the lower house of the Ethiopian parliament, had previously designated the TPLF a terrorist organization.
Amid intensifying conflict in the northern parts of the East African country, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Sunday called on all capable Ethiopians to take part in the ongoing fighting against the rebel group.
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