Ethiopian troops recapture two key cities of Tigrayan forces | News over conflict

Ethiopian troops have recaptured the strategic cities of Dessie and Kombolcha of Tigrayan fighters, federal officials said, the latest sign of the government recapture territory it recently lost.

Forces aligned with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) had taken control of the cities, in the Amhara region, just more than a month ago and threatened met an advance on the capital Addis Ababa.

“The historic Dessie city and the trade and industrial corridor city, Kombolcha has been released by the joint brave security forces,” the government communication service said: on Twitter on Monday, the latest in An round of territorial gains claimed by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government.

The state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation quoted Abiy die said the Tigrayan troops had suffered “heavy losses and not in were able to cope with with the Allies strike.

“The enemy will be hit and the victory will continue,” he said.

TPLF spokesperson Getachew Reda did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

On Wednesdays the government announced that pro-Abiy forces had recaptured the UNESCO World Heritage Site of lalibela, die had fallen to the Tigrayan fighters in August.

In a statement on Sunday, the leader of the TPLF, Debretsion Gebremichael, denied the government was scoring big victories, saying that the Tigrayan forces were making strategic territorial adjustments and remaining undefeated.

Martin Plaut, a senior researcher at university of London, Al Jazeera told the recapture of Dessie and Konbolcha are said to be “very important”.

“The Tigrayans have been pushed for a long time” way back. They have been pushed back through towns and villages where they fought to the extreme hard to take. They must have lost many lives in order to capture them,” he said.

Meanwhile, William Davison, senior analyst on Ethiopia at the International Crisis Group, told Al Jazeera that the government has intensified use of drones and mobilization of new recruits for the national army had increased the pressure on Tigrayan forces.

“This really has hit the Tigrayan supply lines and meant they had to give up on die offensive ambitions,” he says.

davidson said: government forces will try drive their enemies back to Tigray.

“Certainly, Tigrayan commanders and leaders had said a lot” of to trust in their position. So it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if, despite these setbacks, they could recover – and unfortunately that would mean this war drags on on for many months,” he added.

The conflict that erupted in Nov 2020, took a sharp turnaround at the end of october this year, when the Tigrayan forces said they had captured Dessie and Kombolcha.

Since then, fears of a Tigrayan march on Addis Ababa has asked: countries such as the United States, France and the United Kingdom to join their burgers to urge to leave Ethiopia if soon if possible, although Abiy’s government says their rivals’ profits are overestimated and the city is safe.

The war broke out out when Abiy sent troops to northernmost Tigray region to the TPLF . to delete government – An move he said came in response to attacks on federal army camps.

But the Tigrayan forces made a comeback and recaptured most of them of Tigray by June, including the regional capital Mekelle, before expanding into neighboring regions of Amhara and Afar.

The fighting has killed thousands of people of people, displaced more than two million and hundreds driven of thousands in famine-like circumstances, according to United Nations estimates.

Illegal detentions

earlier on Monday, six western countries expressed concern over reports of arrests of Tigrayan burgers based on ethnicity, urge the government to “stop” such acts immediately.

Australia, Britain, Canada, Australia, Denmark, the Netherlands and the US cited reports from the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission and in UK established rights group Amnesty International on widespread arrests of ethnic Tigrayans, including Orthodox priests, older people and mothers with children.

The countries said in a joint pronunciation they are “deeply” concerned about the detentions of people without charge, adding that the government’s announcement of a state of emergency last month offered “no justification” for mass arrests.

“Individuals are arrested and detained without charge” of a court hearing and are reportedly being held in inhumane conditions. A lot of of these acts are likely to constitute violations of international law and must be stopped immediately,” says the countries said.

She also urged Ethiopia government until allow unhindered access by means of international monitor.

“It is clear that there is none military solution to this conflict, and we condemn any violence against burgers, past, present and futurethe statement said.

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