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Ethiopia forces strike Tigray rebels in ‘massive’ move

Ethiopian National Defence Force soldiers conducted a training session in Amhara in September

A spokesman for the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which has been locked in a brutal conflict with pro-government forces in northern Ethiopia for 11 months, said Saturday there was a “massive move” against the rebels.

TPLF spokesman Getachew Reda said there had been “mostly air, drone and artillery bombardment” of rebels, and reported a major troop build-up, saying “tens of thousands are amassed” in northern Amhara including the North Gondar and North Wollo zones.

Humanitarian sources told AFP that federal soldiers and Amhara regional troops had conducted air and ground offensives around North Wollo and other locations on Thursday and Friday.

– Threat of sanctions –

Although government forces quickly took control of Tigray’s cities and towns, the TPLF recaptured most of the region including the capital Mekele by late June, and Abiy later declared a unilateral ceasefire.

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Untold numbers of civilians have been killed, nearly two million have been displaced, and there have been many reports of atrocities including massacres and mass rape.

– Warning of ‘catastrophe’ –

“If this force (Ethiopia’s army) is able to penetrate into Tigray, that will be a catastrophe,” said Gebremeskel Kassa, an outspoken critic of Eritrean forces fighting alongside Ethiopian soldiers in the region.

There has been speculation the fighting could pick up now the rainy season is ending, and with mass mobilisation throughout the country and in Amhara in particular.

Abiy’s government sparked global outrage last week when it expelled senior UN officials for “meddling” in Ethiopia’s affairs, exacerbating concerns about the humanitarian crisis.

Tigray is under a de facto blockade that is preventing most aid from getting in. Ethiopian officials blame the TPLF for obstructing deliveries, but the US has said access to essential supplies and services was being denied by the Ethiopian government.

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Meanwhile, voters in southwestern Ethiopia overwhelmingly backed the creation of a new region in a September referendum, the election board announced Saturday, according to state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate.

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2 Comments

  1. What an empty rhetoric to glorify tehreas and accusing Ethiopia, it is not a surprise ignoramce has placed its role, this article to be displaced here. Henok find knowledgable citizens around you to filter good Ethiopians from others.

  2. Subject: “Ethiopia forces strike Tigray rebels in ‘massive’ move. Ethiopian National Defence Force soldiers conducted a training session in Amhara in September,” 10 October 2021

    Quote: Ethiopian officials blame the TPLF for obstructing deliveries, but the US has said access to essential supplies and services was being denied by the Ethiopian government. Unquote

    Humble Questions
    a) Why is the Almighty USA involved in the unfortunate war among ancient Brotherly Ethiopians of yesteryear???

    b). Why is the Almighty Powerful USA is in favour of Black African Tigray who has always been part and parcel of
    BLACK ETHIOPIA.

    c). One tends to think of the SPIRIT of Emperor Yohannes and the Galant Ras Alula both of Tigray, Ethiopia.

    d). And finally, why is the Mighty Forceful Leader of the World, the GREAT, USA — the Master of the World — is in
    favour of Tigrai, Ethiopia rather than to Ethiopia itself, as a whole??? Just a question.

    e). Is it in the DIGNITY of the Mighty USA to involve itself in the internal affairs of Ethiopia, which constitutes NINE
    STATES??? [Yes, African States}

    f). We leave the answer to the mighty ferocious, know-it-all master of the World, that nobody can deny.

    Amen Inshallah [in alphabetical order]

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