Ethiopia accuses WHO head of backing Tigray rebels

Ethiopia accuses WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of backing Tigray rebels

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Credit: AFP Photo

 Ethiopia's military accused World Health Organization (WHO) head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Thursday of supporting and trying to procure arms and diplomatic support for Tigray state's dominant political party, which is fighting federal troops.

"This man is a member of that group and he has been doing everything to support them," army chief of staff General Birhanu Jula said in a televised statement.

A WHO spokesman said there was no immediate comment on the accusation against Tedros, an Ethiopian of Tigrayan descent who served as health minister in a former government coalition led by the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF).