ADDIS ABABA, Sept. 9 (Reuters) – Ethiopia said: on Thursday that insurgent troops from the Tigray region was defeated in the adjacent Afari region and had withdrawn, but the Tigrayan troops said they had only moved troops to neighboring Amhara for An offensive there.
“The TPLF force has left far (region),” Foreign Ministry spokesman Dina Mufti told reporters news conference in Addis Ababa.
“According to a military information, they were defeated and they left,” he said.
Tigrayan spokesman Getachew Reda, in conversation met Reuters via satellite phone from an unnamed location, said Ethiopian authorities were only now realizing that the Tigrayan forces had withdrawn.
“We were not defeated. There was no fighting” in That’s how far we are made troop movements from there to the highlands in adjacent Amhara region,” he said.
It wasn’t right away possible verify both claims.
the Ethiopian military spokesperson not available for comment on the Tigrayan version of events. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s spokesman told a news conference in Addis Ababa on Thursday that the Tigrayan troops were “routed” in the africa region By the military and the region militias, which she said had worked closely together and inflicted heavy casualties on the Tigrayan forces.
War broke out out in tigray in November between federal forces and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which ruled Ethiopia for three decades, but was then the region’s statement party. thousands of people have been murdered and more more than 2 million people have been forced to flee their country homes.
In July, after the TPLF recaptured the regional capital of Mekelle and in taken into custody back most of Tigray, his troops advanced to the regions of Afar and Amhara, marking an expansion of the conflict to previously untouched areas. read more
Since then, the government estimate that about 450,000 people have fled fighting in die two regions. read more
Report by the Addis Ababa Editors; Additional reporting and writing by Maggie Fick; Editing by Kevin Liffey, Jon Boyle and Jonathan Oatis
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