Nov 28, 2021

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Ethiopia’s Abiy vows to head to war front amid rebel advance

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Monday that he would go to the war front to lead soldiers to fight the rebels as the year-long conflict draws near the capital, Addis Ababa.

“Starting tomorrow I will mobilize to the front lines to lead the defense forces, “said Abiy, winner of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, in a statement posted on Twitter.

” Those who want to be among the Ethiopian children who are celebrated According to the story, stand up for your country today. Let’s meet at the front. “

Abiy’s testimony came as the rebel group of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) continued to push and take control of Addis Ababa claimed about the city from Shewa Robit, just 220 miles by road northeast of the capital.

It also came after the executive committee of the ruling Prosperity Party met on Monday to discuss the war that had been going on for a year eht.

After this meeting, Defense Minister Abraham Belay told the state media that the security forces were taking a “di fferent action” without giving details.

“We cannot go on like this, that is , it will change, “said Belay.

” What has happened and is happening to our humans, the abuses committed by this destructive, terrorist group of robbers cannot go on. “

Abiy sent troops to Ethiopia’s northernmost region of Tigray in November 2020 to overthrow the TPLF in response to TPLF attacks on army camps.

Although he promised a quick victory, the TPLF had regrouped by the end of June and the recaptured most of Tigray, including its capital Mekele, which prompted the federal army to largely withdraw from the region.

Since then, the TPLF has advanced into the neighboring regions of Afar and Amhara.

She also has an alliance with other insurgents hen groups were formed, including the Active Oromo Liberation Army (OLA). in the Oromia region around Addis Ababa.

Diplomatic advance

The war has already killed thousands and plunged hundreds of thousands into a famine-like state, according to the UN.

< p> At the beginning of November, Abiy’s government declared a six-month state of emergency.

Fears of a rebel advance on the capital have led several countries, including the USA and the United Kingdom, to withdraw unneeded diplomatic personnel. < / p>

These countries also urge their citizens to leave Ethiopia while commercial flights are still available.

The government says the rebels are making a profit and the threat to Addis Ababa will be Overrated.

The officials did not respond to a request for comment on the TPLF’s claim to detain Shewa Robit.

The African Union Special Envoy for Olusegun Obasanjo leads in the Horn of Africa a frantic attempt, an armistice d to negotiate, but little concrete progress has been made so far.

Over the weekend, he finished his second visit to the country of the month, which included a third round of meetings in Mekele with TPLF leaders.

< However, after Obasanjo left, the TPLF accused Abiys government of "a dro attack in a residential area" in Mekele.

Several witnesses said they heard at least two explosions before sunrise on Sunday, despite AFP’s The TPLF could not independently verify the claim.

Later Sunday the TPLF said in a statement that the incident was a sign that Abiy’s government was not taking a peace agreement seriously and only wanted to “extend its hold on power”. < / p>