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Ethiopia’s Amhara state rallies youth to fight Tigrayan forces as war widens

July 25, 2021
Reuters

Ethiopia’s Amhara region on Sunday called on “all young people” to take up arms against forces from the neighbouring region of Tigray, who claimed to have taken over a town in Amhara for the first time since the conflict began.

“I call on all young people, militia, non-militia in the region, armed with any government weapon, armed with personal weapons, to join the anti-TPLF (Tigray People’s Liberation Front) war mission from tomorrow,” Agegnehu Teshager, president of the Amhara regional government, was quoted as saying by the region’s state media.

The call for mass mobilisation came as a spokesperson for the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, the party that controls Tigray, said they had taken the town of Adi Arkay in Amhara.

The spokesperson, Getachew Reda, told Reuters in a text message that TPLF had taken over the town but offered no more detail.

Martha Abebaw, a resident of Adi Arkay, told Reuters she had left on Friday. Shortly afterwards she heard Tigrayan forces had taken the town and she had been unable to reach any of her family since then, she said. All transport to the town had stopped, she said.

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“I am calling them all non-stop. My mom’s phone went through once this morning and a man with a strange voice answered the phone and told me I can’t talk to her,” she told Reuters.

Spokespeople for the prime minister, Ethiopian military, a government taskforce on Tigray and did not return calls seeking comment. The spokesperson for the Amhara region said he was not authorised to comment on the matter.

War erupted between the Ethiopian military and the TPLF in November. Three weeks later, the government declared victory when it captured Tigray’s capital Mekelle, but the TPLF kept fighting. At the end of June, the TPLF seized back control of Mekelle and most of Tigray after government soldiers withdrew.

In recent days Tigrayan forces pushed into Afar, the neighbouring region to the east, where they said they planned to target troops from the Amhara region fighting alongside the federal military in the area. read more

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The main road and railway linking landlocked Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa with the sea port of Djibouti runs through Afar.

Tigrayan forces have also pushed south and have said they will push west in an effort to restore their region’s pre-war boundaries. Western Tigray is currently controlled by Amhara forces, who say the land rightfully belongs to them.

On Saturday, the Amhara region’s state media quoted Amhara’s special forces commander, Brigadier General Tefera Mamo, as saying the war had expanded to the state.

“The terrorist group has started a war in the Amhara and Afar regions and is also harassing Ethiopians,” Tefera said, referring to TPLF. “Amhara Special Forces are fighting in coordination with other security forces.”

Thousands of people have died in the fighting, around 2 million have been displaced and more than 5 million rely on emergency food aid.

5 Comments

  1. This has been one of the saddest moments in my Allah Blessed life. I thought things will never come to this point where two upright and harmonious groups of people are pushed to go after each other’s throat. It happens to be between the two most inter-married ethnic groups. O Almighty Our Creator! I am down on my knees begging you to stop this madness! Agegnehu Teshager and Debre, you two, have let your people down. The youth of both regions does not deserve to be the cannon fodder of war mongers. Instead smartphones and tablets it is pushed to carry deadly AK47’s and shoved on the never tiring conveyer belt feeding the never ending war effort lit up by war mongers. Whichever ways the chip might fall in this bloody conflict nobody should be proud of the outcome of this carnage. Nobody!!!
    And you loud-mouthed social media warriors!!! Please just keep your dragon breathed mouths shut for a change. Stop fanning the flames of war! You are inciting otherwise friendly groups of people into bloody conflicts no one will be the winner. You have turned into dogs of war. You must be ashamed of yourselves!!!

    • Ittu Aba Farda you made the most riveting comment ever . However, I saw your comments denying the genocide and agonies of Tigray. Just like your comments here, We donot want anyone to perish for this unnecessary war.However, warmongers and genociders must be brought to justice by hook or croock. We wish criminals lieke abiy and ageggnehu teshager brought to Justice without a blood shed and release those who are imprisoned unjustifiably.

      you must not forgot all those warcrimes committed against Tigray in the blanket of arresting few leaders. When it come to your region and reach finfine donot exaggrate it. We have the same sacred soul. I donot believe enemies should be massacred because my people are subjected to the same inhumane treatment but they must be brought to justice. Many of amhara elites are liars, killers and war mongers!Amhara elites are enemies of thier own people .

      • Zehabesha warmongers,

        I have done that already on many occasions before. As a strong student of non-violence I had condemned the terror and massacres by the goons of the TPLF leadership when they were holding the ruling mantle for 27 years and the barbaric killings they committed on soldiers of the ENDF and civilians outside Tigray. I had also condemned atrocities to have been committed on the innocent civilians in Tigrayand many places in the country. What I am urging my dear countrymen/women is to read all my comments with undivided attention and make a note of of what I wrote. I feel myself to be a very lucky man because I have very dear friends from various ethnic groups. Some of them have left us to be with The Lord but there are others who I know as close friends for more than 5 decades. I don’t belittle one human life over the other. For me they are all Allah Created and Blessed lives and no one has the right to take them away. Every Tigrayan and Amhara life is as sacred as my own life. That is why I detest wars like a nagging sickness. I hope every warmonger over there will come to his/her senses and stop this madness. Give that youth a break, for crying out loud!!! Give him/her pick and shovel to turn that country upside down with connecting roads and bridges in stead of AK47’s to kill his own fellow citizen. War begets more wars. War begets utter destruction. War begets killings of innocent lives when launched among citizens. No one will be the ultimate winner. If somebody declares a winner in such senseless civil war he is lying through his teeth. He has killed his own brothers and sisters. This madness has to stop and must stop now! That is what in my wishes! That is in my daily prayers.

  2. The bloodletting will be so horrible that whole villages and town will run empty of inhabitants. It is going to make Syria just a weekend cakewalk. Tens possibly hundreds of thousands will perish in this nonsense. I wouldn’t mind if the AU sends a peacekeeping units to keep these two brotherly people apart from sending their future, their youth to brutal conflicts. At the end of the day, it is just one nigga killing another nigga. You damn, damn, damn, damn, damned stubborn niggaaz!!!!!

  3. TPLF terrorist have left no option to Amharas who are one of the largest group but to Fight back. Amharas have lost patient. Since the regrettable day of TPLF coming to power, Amharas have been targeted for displacement, daily murder and economical and physicals sufferings.
    Now after so many calls and blames for not acting fast Mr. Agegnehu Teshager is forced to face the undeniably truth, Protecting Amharas from genocide by TPLF and its evil students. Amharas are now finally convinced that TPLF is their enemy and murderer with more open proclamation to kill all Amharas.

    The plot is to take Amhara land, Wolkait, Raya and Kobo for itself. It has even bold plan plotted with Egypt to take starting from Wolkait to all the way by encompassing Benishangul, Wollega and Gambella to the west. On the east Aseb after taking it from Eritrea, So there you have it, this is the dying wish of TPLF, the greedy Terrorist Group.

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