Oct 21, 2021

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Ethiopia intensifies airstrikes against Tigray forces in Amhara

The Ethiopian National Army has reportedly launched heavy air and ground offensives against Tigray troop positions in the Amhara region in northern Ethiopia.

Reuters quoted Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) spokesman Getachew Reda and a diplomatic source saying the rebels have been under air strikes and heavy artillery fire in recent days.

“There is a massive build-up of forces on all fronts … we are not sure which front they seriously launch an offensive on,” said Getachew.

“Artillery and drones are being used,” added Getachew, who was once Ethiopia’s communications minister.

The TPLF official said one A series of air strikes began on Thursday and intensified on Friday, grouped around three areas – near the Cities Wergessa and Wegel Tena and to the east on the road that connects the Afar region with Amhara.

The East African has learned that it is in the In the last few weeks no noteworthy reports of fighting from both sides of the warring factions.

Drive out Tigray troops

The new reported attacks could be seen as a sign that the Ethiopian army is launching a new major offensive to drive the Tigray troops out of most of the Amhara region.

Am Thursday, Amhara region spokesman Gizachew Muluneh tweeted: “To free our people suffering from terrorist TPLF, there could be irreversible operations on all fronts at any time and any hour.”

His tweet, reported by international media, has angered the Ethiopian government and senior military officials.

The chief of staff of the Ethiopian army, Berhanu Jula, criticized Gizachew for “lack of reaction” bly “publishes the new massive offensive plans of the Ethiopian army, which were considered a secret.

” This person sold a national security secret, “said Berhanu, another warning to government officials not to make military statements that they are not mandated to publish.

Curfew reintroduced

When fighting between the TPLF and the Ethiopian army and its allies approach Dessi, one of the largest cities in the Amhara region, the city administration imposed on Another curfew and other restrictions on Sunday.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced since the outbreak of the Tigray conflict last November.

The h The sanitary situation in Tigray is still catastrophic.

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Currently, more than 5.2 million people, around 90 percent of the population in Tigray, need emergency humanitarian aid. < / p>

According to the UN, hundreds of thousands of Tigrayans are also in a famine-like situation.

The United Nations and other international aid organizations have blamed Addis Ababa for worsening the humanitarian crisis in Tigray

Aid agencies repeatedly accuse Ethiopia of blocking the region, an allegation Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government denies.