Canada Ethiopia: the army launches its offensive on the capital of Tigray

15:05  28 november  2020
15:05  28 november  2020 Source:   lepoint.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).

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's office announced Saturday that government security forces had captured the city of Adigrat and was advancing on Mekele, the capital of the northern Tigray region. Last Sunday, the Ethiopian government gave the TPLF an ultimatum – which expired on

A 72-hour deadline for Tigray forces to put down their weapons had now passed, the prime minister has warned. Ethiopia 's PM says the army 's operation is in the final phase. "Thousands of Tigray militia and The African Union, whose headquarters is based in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa

  Ethiopie: l'armée lance son offensive sur la capitale du Tigré © Supplied by Le Point

"Heavy weapon fire" hit Mekele on Saturday, the capital of the dissident region of Tigray (north) where the Ethiopian army is carrying out a military operation, said local authorities, who are entrenched there.

The information was confirmed to AFP by two humanitarian officials with teams in this city which had 500,000 inhabitants before the start of the conflict.

Three weeks after the start of the fighting, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Thursday ordered the army to initiate the "last phase" of the military operation started on November 4, by launching an offensive on Mekele, the stronghold of the leaders of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which he fights.

Conflict in Ethiopia: the authorities multiply the accusations of complicity with the Tigrayan forces

 Conflict in Ethiopia: the authorities multiply the accusations of complicity with the Tigrayan forces © AP Ethiopian soldiers on the road leading to the border with Tigray. In Ethiopia, the authorities continue at all costs their operation against the TPLF, in power in Tigray (north). An operation which would have entered, according to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, in its final phase. At the same time, the federal authorities are increasing the number of arrests. Many accuse the power of ethnic repression against the Tigrayans. Addis Ababa denies it. The Ethiopian police continue their raids.

Why Did Ethiopia ’s Leader Just Launch Airstrikes on the Tigray Region? What led the prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, to initiate a military Stores of missiles and other heavy weapons around the regional capital of Mekelle were destroyed in the airstrikes, Mr. Abiy announced on state television, making no

Ethiopia ’s air force has carried out strikes in the restive Tigray region, the country’s He said the air force destroyed heavy weapons in Tigray ’s capital , Mekele, and surrounding areas. Debretsion said fighting persisted in western Tigray and that federal troops were gathering on the border in the

The federal army "has started to hit with heavy weapons and artillery the center of Mekele, which is home to a large population and development organizations," the Tigrayan authorities said in a statement broadcast on local television on Saturday. , Tigray TV.

"Yesterday, in the same way, many sectors of Mekele were bombed by military planes", they also assert.

The local government calls on the international community "to condemn the attacks of artillery and military planes and the massacres" committed on "civilians and infrastructures" by Mr. Abiy and by Issaias Afeworki, the Eritrean president, which it accuses of helping Addis Ababa.

The Tigrayan government has promised "a proportionate response".

"Maintain order"

Friday evening, at least one rocket fired from Tigray targeted the capital of Eritrea , Asmara, told AFP four diplomats based in the Horn of Africa . According to one of them, she fell "south of Asmara". Any casualties or damage are still not known.

Sudan: Tigrayan refugees say they are victims of expropriation by militias

 Sudan: Tigrayan refugees say they are victims of expropriation by militias © AFP - ASHRAF SHAZLY Ethiopian refugees who fled the fighting in Tigray province wait in front of a health center in Hamdayet, Sudan, on November 22 2020. (Photo illustration) Fleeing the fighting in Ethiopia's Tigray province, thousands of refugees - 38,000 according to UNHCR - continue to flow into Sudan. In parallel with the offensive led by the troops of the regular army, they say they were victims of the Amharas, the ethnic group neighboring the Tigrayans.

Ethiopia 's prime minister said Thursday the army has been ordered to move on the embattled Tigray regional capital after his 72-hour ultimatum ended for The military offensive “has reached its final stage” after three weeks of fighting, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's office said. That means tanks and

Ethiopian army ordered to march on Tigray capital : prime minister. NAIROBI, Kenya — Ethiopian prime minister says the army has been ordered to move on the Tigray capital , tells residents to At least 600 people in Ethiopia 's northern region of Tigray were brutally killed during an offensive

The TPLF, which targeted Asmara ten days ago with similar weapons, accusing Eritrea of ​​serving as a base for the Ethiopian army, did not claim this shot.

Neither Ethiopia , nor Eritrea have reacted for the moment.

On Saturday morning, the Ethiopian army said on radio-television Fana BC, affiliated with the power, that it would control in "a few days" Mekele.

It said it controlled several localities in the area, including that of Agula, less than 40 km north of the regional capital, but did not specify whether fighting was already taking place in Mekele.

Verification on the ground and from an independent source of the assertions of both sides is difficult, Tigray having been almost cut off from the world since the start of the conflict.

Friday, on Tigray TV, the Tigrayan authorities had called on their citizens to fight, saying that the federal army was bombing their "towns and villages", "inflicting heavy damage".

Ethiopia: the leaders of Tigray reject the ultimatum and refuse to surrender

 Ethiopia: the leaders of Tigray reject the ultimatum and refuse to surrender © Provided by Le Point The president of Tigray rejected on Monday the ultimatum launched the day before by the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to the leaders of this dissident region from Ethiopia which gave them 72 hours to surrender.

Ethiopia 's army has been ordered to begin a "final" offensive in the country's conflict with the Tigray region, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed says. The announcement comes shortly after a 72-hour deadline expired, which the government had given the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF)

The army says it is gaining ground in the northern region of Tigray . It comes a day after the government said it was beginning the "final phase" of an offensive in the region. Hundreds of people have reportedly been killed and thousands have been forced from their homes as Ethiopian forces

Worried about the spread of the conflict on a regional scale, the international community has also warned of possible "war crimes" in Ethiopia and tried to pressure Mr. Abiy to accept mediation.

The AU, headquartered in Addis Ababa, has appointed three special envoys to this effect, former Mozambican presidents Joaquim Chissano, Liberian Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and South African Kgalema Motlanthe.

After meeting them on Friday, Mr. Abiy expressed his "gratitude" but recalled that his government had "the constitutional responsibility to maintain order (in Tigray) and across the country".

The AU thanked in a statement Mr. Abiy for having received his emissaries, to whom the latter affirmed that the military operation "would not last long", that a committee would be established to "meet the humanitarian needs essential "and that a humanitarian corridor" was to be identified and announced ".

"Several thousand dead"

No precise assessment of the fighting in Tigray is so far available, but the International Crisis Group (ICG) think tank estimated Friday that "several thousand people have died in the fighting".

In addition, more than 43,000 Ethiopians have fled to neighboring Sudan, according to the UNHCR, the UN refugee agency.

An unknown number of people are also moving inside Tigray, and Ethiopia. The International Committee of the Red Cross said on Friday it had counted at least 2,000 displaced people in the north-east of the country.

Tensions between Mr. Abiy and the TPLF, which dominated Ethiopia's political and security apparatus for nearly three decades, have grown steadily since the Prime Minister came to power in 2018.

Elles culminated with the organization in Tigray in September of a regional election described as "illegitimate" by Addis Ababa, then with the attack in early November on two bases of the federal army attributed to TPLF forces, which this latest.

28/11/2020 13:13:01 - Addis Ababa (AFP) - © 2020 AFP

Ethiopia: The war is not over, says the leader of Tigray .
ETHIOPIA-CONFLICT: Ethiopia: The war is not over, says the leader of Tigray © Reuters / TIKSA NEGERI ETHIOPIA: THE WAR N ' IS NOT OVER, SAYS TIGER CHIEF ADDIS ABABA / NAIROBI (Reuters) - The Tigray rebel leader said on Monday that fighting was still continuing near Mekele, the capital of Ethiopia's dissident region, despite the announcement by the central government of the takeover of this region.

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