Ethiopia Crisis Update: TPLF advances on Mekelle

Ethiopia Crisis Update: TPLF advances on Mekelle

(criticalthreats)–The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) may be attempting to retake Tigray’s capital from Ethiopian federal troops. Federal forces seized Mekelle, the capital of Tigray region, from the TPLF in November 2020, and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared victory in Tigray. Fighting has continued in Tigray, however, and the TPLF’s leader urged Tigray residents to continue fighting Ethiopian federal forces in late January.
 
Limited available information indicates that TPLF forces are attempting to recapture Mekelle. Ethiopian troops are digging defensive trenches in and around the city. The TPLF offensive coincides with the 46th anniversary of the TPLF’s founding on February 18. Mekelle residents *reported seeing red and yellow decorations associated with the TPLF in recent days.
 
A power blackout is also affecting Tigray. Federal officials *accused the TPLF of severing a power line; alternately, the federal government may have cut power to disrupt a TPLF offensive. Reports of air strikes in Gijet and Samre, roughly 35 miles southwest of Mekelle, around February 16 may also signal the federal government’s response to a TPLF advance.
 
The renewed fighting follows recent revelations of atrocities allegedly committed earlier in the Tigray conflict. The UN has received reports of large-scale sexual violence. Witnesses also reported a massacre at an Ethiopian Orthodox church in Axum that occurred in late November, allegedly involving Eritrean and Ethiopian soldiers.
 

 

 

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  1. The war b/n TPLF and the federal government is no where near over. It is impossible to build infrastructures while fighting war at the same place and at the same time. To defend Mekele from TPLF the federal government is currently digging defensive trenches around Mekele , there is no infrastructures being built in Tigray as many try to say it is being done. Noone is actually that idiot to actually build infrastructures in a war zone. Anyway if Ethiopia can not stop or can not at least delay Sudan from advancing to Tigray first, then it doesn’t matter who wins this civil war between TPLF and the Federal govt. over Mekele, because Sudan will defeat the weakend civil war fighting national defence forces or the TPLF easily if TPLF and the federal govt. continue their civil war then Sudan will for sure enslave residents of Tigray too as Sudan currently enslaved those Ethiopians who lived near upto 50 Kilo Meters deep in the Ethiopian side across the Ethio-Sudaneese border , selling these Ethiopians in northern Sudan for ten US dollars each as slaves and killing those who resisted being enslaved. This is not ተረት ሞረት it is the hard truth we must face. አለባብሶ ሊታለፍ የማይቻል ሀቅ ነው።

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