Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered the military to deploy to the Tigray region on Wednesday after accusing the government there of attacking federal troops, a major escalation of a row between the premier and the once-powerful region. Early on Wednesday, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front attempted to steal artillery and other equipment from federal forces stationed there, Reuters quotes Abiy’s office as saying in a statement, insisting that “the last red line has been crossed with this morning’s attacks and the federal government is therefore forced into a military confrontation”. The developments in Ethiopia could have grave consequences for the region, warned Asnake Kefale, an associate professor of political science at the University of Addis Ababa.