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War in Tigray: Horrors grow as Ethiopians belie Govt

War in Tigray: Horrors grow as Ethiopians belies GovtForces of the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front, TPLF, are engaging in armed hostilities against the federal government and Eritrean troops in parts of the restive Tigray region.

The Ongoing violence between the national army and forces loyal to the leaders of the northern Tigray region has prompted fears that Ethiopia is on the brink of a civil war.

Hundreds of people have reportedly been killed since the fighting started on 4 November, and over 50,000 refugees have fled into neighbouring Sudan after the Ethiopian prime minister declared a military offensive against the Tigray regional government (TPLF) when he accused them of an “attack on federal troops”.

It is believed that September’s election in Tigray, which the federal government had postponed nationwide because of coronavirus, is widely considered to be the cause of the recent rapid deterioration. Getachew Reda, a former communications minister who is a current advisor to the president of the TPLF, Debretsion Gebremichael has been reporting the fighting incidents in a series of posts on his Twitter handle.

According to him, the government continued to record heavy losses in terms of fighters and materials but they preferred to hide these incidents by controlling the media narrative.

While tensions have been brewing for the past two years, NetbuzzAfrica.com understands that heavy military build was spotted in the Tigray region weeks before the war was even declared. Calls for de-escalation and negotiations have proven futile, as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has rejected any peace talks.
He has also rejected any independent investigation into the war crimes his soldiers are committing while slamming the Media for false reportage. He is reported to have said that no civilian has died so far in the Tigray war.
War in Tigray: Horrors grow as Ethiopians belies GovtBut Getachew Reda’s report states otherwise.

“As I write this, enemy forces are been routed in Zana, has already lost hundreds of soldiers in Adet and Tsimbla. The enemy has lost an airforce gunship in BietMara and the fighting continues in many fronts,” he tweeted.

Here’s a timeline of currently happenings at Tigray.

Meanwhile, Banking services have resumed in the capital of Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region for the first time since conflict broke out there on November 4, state-run Fana TV reported on Monday, as the government seeks to restore normality a month after capturing the city.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government declared victory after seizing Mekelle from the rebellious northern Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) on November 28.

Abiy recently also visited Mekelle where he met with the leadership of the caretaker government. A graduation ceremony was also held in the main university.



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