Ruling party in Amhara state warns Tigrayan forces against attempt to retake areas in western Tigray

Screenshot: Residents of Shire in northern Tigray celebrating the entry to the town of Tigray Defense Forces.

Addis Abeba, June 29/2021 – The Amhara branch of the ruling Prosperity Party (APP) warned Tigrayan forces led by Tigray Defense Forces that there is “no Amhara who will not pay a price” if there are attempts to seize areas in western Tigray “illegally.”

Several parts in western Tigray have been taken over by Amhara regional state, leading to the US Secretary of State describing the events there as “ethnic cleansing.”

“The people of Amhara are never ready to take revenge. This does not mean, however, that they are impatient with those who say, ‘we will settle a score,’” the statement said, accusing Tigrayn forces of attempting to settle score.

“WE REITERATE THAT WOLKAIT, TEGEDE, TELEMT AND RAYA ARE AREAS OF AMHARA THAT THE AMHARA HAVE FREED THROUGH THEIR OWN SACRIFICES.”

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“We reiterate that Wolkait, Tegede, Telemt and Raya are areas of Amhara that the Amhara have freed through their own sacrifices. We want to reassure you again and again that if there is a desire to seize these areas illegally, there is no Amhara that will not pay the price for its freedom.”

The statement came shortly after news by Reuters quoting Getachew Reda as saying: “Our primary focus is to degrade enemy fighting capabilities … So if going to Amhara is what it takes, we will do it, if going to Eritrea is what it takes, we’ll do it.”

On June 28 the federal government said it has accepted a request for a unilateral ceasefire tabled by Tigray Interim Administration. The announcement came shortly after reports of the take over of Mekelle city by forces formerly loyal to the TPLF which have since renamed themselves as Tigray Defense Forces (TDF) surfaced. news reports emerging late this afternoon indicate that Tigrayan forces are in control of Shire, a city in the northern the northern part of Tigray where Eritreans defense forces who were supporting the Ethiopian defense forces in the war in Tigray are accused of committing grave atrocities.

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