The Ethiopian government marked the one-year anniversary of fighting between its forces and rebels in the northern Tigray region by suggesting its military is nearing victory.
Amid urgent global appeals for a cease-fire to the escalating violence, the government said in a statement on Facebook that the Tigray People’s Liberation Front “and its puppets are being encircled by our forces” and that “a rat that strays far from its hole is nearer to death.”
“This is not a country that crumbles under foreign propaganda!” the statement added. “We are fighting an existential war!”
Tigrayan forces, however, say they are advancing on the capital, Addis Ababa, and that it could fall within months or even weeks.
In recent weeks, Oromo regional forces have joined the Tigrayan forces in their fight against the central government, leading to what the two groups claim are significant advances.
Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed vowed that his government would prevail.
Abiy’s spokesperson, Billene Seyoum, did not respond when asked if Abiy would meet with U.S. Horn of Africa special envoy Jeffrey Feltman, who arrived in Ethiopia Thursday for a two-day visit amid growing concern over the violence.
“Ethiopia will not collapse. Ethiopia will prosper,” Abiy said, speaking in Addis Ababa on Wednesday. “Ethiopia will forever exist with her honor by defeating all who test her through the blood and bones of her children.”
The Ethiopian government declared a six-month state of emergency Wednesday and called on residents to defend their neighborhoods if rebels arrive in the capital.
“Our country is facing a grave danger to its existence, sovereignty and unity. And we can’t dispel this danger through the usual law enforcement systems and procedures,” Justice Minister Gedion Timothewos said during a state media briefing.
Debretsion Gebremichael, leader of the Tigray region, blamed the Ethiopian government and its allies for causing the suffering in the past year.
“The warmongers decided to continue with the war, and we entered into this war because the only option we had is to destroy our enemies by force.”
State Department spokesperson Ned Price on Thursday urged “all parties to end hostilities immediately — that includes the TPLF, that includes the Ethiopian government,” he said.
“We remain gravely concerned by the expanding conflict, by the violence, the expansion of the fighting throughout the country and the growing risk that it poses to the unity, to the integrity, of the Ethiopian state,” he said, calling on all sides to “enter negotiations with preconditions towards a sustainable cease-fire.
After arriving in Addas Ababa Thursday, Feltman met with the government’s defense minister, finance minister, deputy prime minister and African Union chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat. He is to hold talks with more Ethiopian officials on Friday, the State Department said.
Feltman “had a productive set of discussions” with the Ethiopian officials, Price said Thursday, and “appreciated the opportunity to do so. He’ll have an opportunity to continue discussions tomorrow.”
On Wednesday, the State Department updated its travel advisory for Ethiopia to Level 4.
“What that means is we are advising U.S. citizens: Do not to travel to Ethiopia,” Price said. “We are recommending that U.S. citizens in Ethiopia consider departing now using commercial options that remain available.”
Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the yearlong conflict was marked by “extreme brutality.”
2 thoughts on “Ethiopian Government Claims Victory is Near in Northern Tigray Region”
This time around is not only enough to encircle and eliminate mercilessly these criminals that have gone on rampage and those among us who are attacking where they are hosted but go deep in Tigray and hunt all those responsable for this mayham witout giving them any chance to plot again. Every military center. Bunker and TPLF instituions including monuments should be brought down to ashes. If Sudan does not desist on also being a base for these terror kings deal the Sudan as well bundled with pushing them out from their last advances. You have start preparing an elite international grade network of spies to neutralize TPLF and ramant terror groups that are making our people life miserable from overseas. Similar to the Jew state even if is needed hit and capture squads. Hard work to make repatriation of stolen money a priority even if use of forceful or non standard method are used as thatoney is blood money that took the lives of so many of our countrymen. If for killing and looting every means and ways are allowed so it should be to do justice as well. Do not every listen to these Waco western stupids that think they are morally better that you when all why they are doing is to use you ailk cow. Following th west the only thing you will get is loosing all what you have and b ING dependent and used by them at the end.
Great job Ethiopian Federal fighters, Fano, and Afar militias! So much respect forever. The future shall never forget you and repay you!!!!
Today the Tigrea fascist beast Colonel Gush Gebre got captured in Dessie along his crazed with hate, murderer and looting team from anyone and loot anything and everything from rich and poor hard working Amhara people.
Soon they will be buried in Dessie ditches and disappear from Ethiopia. Every house, office, empty or occupied, cars, fields must be searched for any weapon planned to use for crime by the Tigrea TPLF criminals.