Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis: How the conflict could destabilise its neighbours

By Basillioh Mutahi
BBC News, Nairobi

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image copyrightGetty Imagesimage captionMilitiamen from Amhara state, neighbouring Tigray, are fighting alongside the federal army

The fighting in Ethiopia's northern Tigray state may not only have drastic implications for the future of the country but could also seriously affect its neighbours.

Seeking to calm tensions a day after fighting started, UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned that "the stability of Ethiopia is important for the entire Horn of Africa region".

With a population of more than 110 million and one of the fastest growing economies on the continent, what happens in Ethiopia inevitably has a wider impact.

Despite this, the federal government has so far resisted calls for diplomatic intervention to end the hostilities with the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which runs the state.