Canada Ethiopia: Uncertainty hangs over the start of the Battle of Mekele

04:40  27 november  2020
04:40  27 november  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

Ethiopia: each camp claims victories in Tigray

 Ethiopia: each camp claims victories in Tigray © Provided by Le Point The Ethiopian government and the authorities of the dissident region of Tigray claimed on Wednesday, each on their own, important military victories in the conflict between them for two weeks, entered according to Addis Ababa in its "final" phase. On November 4, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, 2019 Nobel Peace Prize winner, sent the federal army to assault this region of northern Ethiopia after months of tensions with the Front de Liberation of the Tigray Peoples (TPLF).

Holed up in Mekele , after multiple defeats elsewhere, are forces loyal to the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front Barely three weeks since the start of the government’s ground and air offensive, the federal troops have Battle -hardened. The TPLF was launched as a fledgling movement in the 1970s.

Gondar, Ethiopia : The historic capital of the Abyssinian kings, Gondar, has been liberated by the people's movement and is back in the hands of Free Ethiopian forces today. This is a great victory, and the flag of the worker's movement waves proudly over the castles of Fasil Ghebbi.

La capitale de la province éthiopienne du Tigré, Mekele, le 25 janvier 2018. (Photo d'illustration) © Wikimedia Commons Copyleft A. Savin The capital of Ethiopia's Tigray province, Mekele, January 25, 2018. (Photo illustration)

Thursday 26 November, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched hostilities on Mekele, the provincial capital of Tigray, which he wants to retake from the TPLF. 24 hours later, it’s impossible to find out more because the province is still under a telecommunications blockade. The progress of the fighting that threatens the 500,000 inhabitants of Mekele is not known.

With our correspondent in Addis Ababa, Noé Hochet-Bodin

There is still so little information filtering out from Tigray in the early hours of this Friday, November 27th. Some sources report fighting in the town of Wukro 40 kilometers north of Mekele. Once again, this information cannot be verified in real time, because Tigray is under a military blockade but also under a telecommunications blockade. This is the reason the sources contacted in Mekele are still silent at this time.

Ethiopia's military advance in Tigray

 Ethiopia's military advance in Tigray Ethiopia's military see themselves on their way to the provincial capital Mekelle. The army leadership accuses WHO chief Tedros, who comes from Tigray, of making pacts with the local rebels.

Ethiopia 's army says tanks are within 60 kilometres (37 miles) of the regional capital Mekele , where President-elect Joe Biden will start introducing his Cabinet picks Tuesday try to burn down the White House over petty disagreements and jockeying to get in the good graces of the president," Sherman

"We urge residents of Mekele to lay down arms , stay indoors and steer away from military targets," he added, referring to the Tigray capital. Daniel Bekele, head of the state-appointed Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, said "extreme caution to avoid civilian harm is of even greater importance, now

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"No mercy", announced a military spokesman

Thursday, the First Minister Abiy Ahmed assured that despite the imminent assault on the city, the federal forces would take care of the civilian populations. Populations whom he has asked to stay at home, however, to avoid exposure to bombing. "There will be no mercy" in the Battle of Mekele, a military spokesman assured.

Joe Biden's future national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, has expressed concern about possible war crimes in the city. Concern shared by the European Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarcic, who met the Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister in Brussels.

On Thursday in Paris, a meeting was held between the Ethiopian government and Emmanuel Macron, who would support the government operation, according to the Ethiopian foreign ministry. The Élysée has not yet communicated on this meeting.

On the other hand, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs has indicated that Jean-Yves Le Drian received Thursday Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia. The opportunity to express France's deep concern at the escalation of violence in Tigray and the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia and Sudan.

The French minister reiterated his condemnation of ethnic violence and reiterated Paris' demand for the establishment, as quickly as possible, of measures to protect civilian populations. He finally expressed France's support for the initiative of the African Union presidency with a view to seeking a political exit from the crisis.

Ethiopia: Abiy claims to know the whereabouts of the fleeing Tigray leaders .
© Aude GENET Map locating the Tigray region in Ethiopia and neighboring Eritrea The dissident leaders of Tigray, on the run, are tracked and are in the crosshairs of the Ethiopian federal army, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Monday, less than 48 hours after his proclaimed military victory in this northern region of the country. Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2019, Mr.

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