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World Ethiopia's Abiy says has Tigray leaders in his sights

18:10  30 november  2020
18:10  30 november  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Mr. Abiy has said that he wants to unify the country by increasing the federal government’ s power and minimizing the autonomy of the regional governments. In his televised comments Friday evening, Mr. Abiy accused the leaders of Tigray of “criminal hubris and intransigence,” ignoring pleas from the

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said Friday that ongoing military operations in the country' s north that have stoked fears of civil war " have clear, limited & achievable objectives.".

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said Monday Tigray region's dissident leaders had fled west of the regional capital after weeks of fighting, but said federal forces were monitoring them closely and would "attack" them soon.

a boat sitting on top of a dirt field: More than three weeks of fighting between federal forces and northern Tigrayan units has left thousands dead © EDUARDO SOTERAS More than three weeks of fighting between federal forces and northern Tigrayan units has left thousands dead

Abiy, winner of last year's Nobel Peace Prize, this month ordered military operations against leaders of Tigray's ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), in response to what he said were TPLF-organised attacks on Ethiopian federal army camps.

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Ethiopian officials say police and soldiers have launched a manhunt for the leaders of the ruling party in Tigray , a day after announcing federal troops had taken over In the short term at least, the capture of Mekelle will be seen as a personal triumph for Abiy that will bolster his position as a national leader .

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said Saturday that the army had entered Mekele, the capital of the Tigray region, in an offensive against the region' s dissident leaders , state television reported. "We've been able to enter Mekele city without innocent civilians being targets," Abiy was quoted as

a man wearing a suit and tie sitting in a chair: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed spoke to lawmakers on the battle with Tigrayan leaders © Amanuel Sileshi Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed spoke to lawmakers on the battle with Tigrayan leaders

More than three weeks of fighting between federal soldiers and pro-TPLF forces has left thousands dead in the northern region, and prompted tens of thousands of refugees to flee across the border into Sudan.

"I want them to hear me: Yesterday evening, around midnight, we saw them from the situation room in the area between Hagere Selam and Abiy Addi," Abiy said in remarks to lawmakers, referring to two towns west of the Tigray capital Mekele.

Map of Ethiopia locating Mekele in Tigray. © Simon MALFATTO Map of Ethiopia locating Mekele in Tigray.

"We didn't attack them at night because as they retreated they took their wives, children and abducted soldiers... But this will not continue."

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ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - The leader of Ethiopia ' s rebellious northern forces said on Monday Billene Seyoum, the spokeswoman for the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, told Reuters that FILE PHOTO: Debretsion Gebremichael, Tigray Regional President, attends the funeral ceremony of

The leader of Ethiopia ' s rebellious northern forces said on Monday he was still fighting close to the regional capital of Mekelle after it was captured by government troops following nearly a month of battles and air strikes. The war in Tigray region has killed hundreds and probably thousands, sent

The fighting has been a dramatic escalation of tensions between Abiy and the leaders of the TPLF, which dominated Ethiopian politics for nearly three decades before anti-government protests swept Abiy to office in 2018.

Abiy said on Saturday the military operations were "completed" after federal forces claimed control of the Tigray regional capital Mekele.

The TPLF leaders, however, have repeatedly vowed to fight on as long as federal forces are on Tigrayan soil.

Their exact whereabouts remain unknown.

- 'Mekele is ours' -

As the Ethiopian military beared down on Mekele last week, global concern mounted about a possible bloodbath in a city that, before the conflict, had a population of half a million.

But the government says little combat actually occurred as pro-TPLF forces retreated.

A communications blackout in Tigray has made it difficult to verify claims from both sides about how the fighting is going.

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The leader of Ethiopia ' s rebellious northern forces said on Monday he was still fighting close to the Debretsion Gebremichael, who heads the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), also told Reuters Billene Seyoum, the spokeswoman for the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, told Reuters that responding

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been trying to quell a rebellion by the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), a powerful ethnically-based party that dominated The conflict has been another test for Abiy , who is trying to hold together a patchwork of ethnic groups that make up Ethiopia ' s 115 million people.

On Monday Abiy claimed soldiers did not kill any civilians as they took over Mekele and other cities in Tigray.


Video: On the site of the army barracks where Ethiopia's conflict began (AFP)

"Mekele is ours, it was built with our own resources. We are not going to destroy it," he said. "Not even a single person was harmed by the operation in Mekele."

The International Committee of the Red Cross said Sunday that hospitals in Mekele were flooded with trauma patients, though it did not specify how the injuries were sustained.

Abiy also dismissed claims from TPLF leader Debretsion Gebremichael that air strikes had resulted in many civilian casualties.

"Every missile launched is backed by the signature of an authority, 99 percent hit their target, and 99 percent did not have collateral damage," he said.

"When it is suspicious, we don’t fire. Especially at night. Because we don't want to kill children, they are ours," he added.

- Rising tensions -

In a marathon four-hour address, his first to lawmakers since the conflict began, Abiy fielded multiple questions about why he hadn't moved against the TPLF leadership earlier.

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The party has complained of being sidelined, targeted for corruption prosecutions and scapegoated for the country's woes under Abiy's rule.

Tensions rose dramatically after Tigray held its own elections in September, flouting a nationwide ban on polls because of the coronavirus pandemic.

It then tried to brand Abiy an illegitimate ruler.

Abiy said Monday that when he took office, he was hemmed in by a TPLF-run security and intelligence apparatus.

"My office in general was under the control of other forces. Even the key to my house was controlled by these people, they opened the door, they closed the door, morning and night," Abiy said.

"This was the scenario I was in... I was unable to safeguard the safety of my family," he said.

He accused the TPLF of fomenting internal conflict, including ethnic clashes, throughout the country during his tenure, leaving only Tigray unaffected.

"They said peace is only in Tigray region and it's true, because the perpetrators are there themselves," he said.

- Nod to Eritrea -

Abiy vowed Monday that Ethiopia would be able to quickly welcome back Ethiopian refugees in Sudan.

He questioned, though, why the refugees were "mostly male" and suggested they could have been involved in a massacre in the Tigray town of Mai-Kadra that a government-affiliated rights body says killed 600 people.

Abiy's government has seized on the massacre as evidence of pro-TPLF forces' brutality, though refugees in Sudan have told AFP that pro-government forces were involved in killings in Mai-Kadra.

A recent breakdown from the UN refugee agency indicated 57 percent of Ethiopian refugees in Sudan were male and 43 percent female.

Abiy also thanked Eritrea for its support during the conflict, including helping Ethiopian soldiers who at one point were forced to retreat over Ethiopia's northern border onto Eritrean soil.

"When the junta sent Ethiopian defence forces naked to Eritrea, the Eritrean people clothed them, gave them water, fed them and gave them arms. The Ethiopian people should know it and respect it," Abiy said.

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Ethiopia: the leaders of Tigray located and in the line of sight, according to Abiy .
© EDUARDO SOTERAS The carcass of a destroyed tank near Humera, in Tigray, the object of a military operation by the Ethiopian army , November 22, 2020. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed assured Monday that the dissident leaders of Tigray, on the run after the capture of their capital Mekele, are being tracked by the Ethiopian army and in his sights, after more than three weeks of conflict. Mr.

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