Ethiopia-Security

Rebel forces recapture Alamata town, more areas

APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

The rebel Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) has recaptured Alamata and Waja towns in Ethiopia’s Amhara region following fresh attacks it launched last week.

Information reaching APA said the Tigray forces have taken control of Adi Arkay town and surrounding areas amid reports that government is considering negotiation with TPLF..

Witnesses said the National Defense Force makes no effort to stop the advancing TPLF forces claiming it did not receive orders from Addis Ababa.

TPLF fighters who were loaded on three trucks, however, were killed in an airstrike as they were nearing Kobo.

Currently, the TPLF forces are nearly in full control of Raya- Alamata as the government forces remain in defensive position for undisclosed reasons.

The Tigray forces have built up a long fortification in Alamata and killed several civilians targeting ethnic Amhara people. They are reportedly advancing to Lailibela too.

Meanwhile, Colonel Demeke Zewdu, Wolkait administration military wing head dismissed rumor that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government has ordered the withdrawal of forces from Wolkait, a part of Gonder which the TPLF annexed to Tigray following the military takeover of power in 1991.

However, the TPLF still has a military presence in parts of the Northern Gonder including Adi Arkay town and surrounding areas.

According to confirmed local sources, places like Abaala in Afar region and Humera are once again under attack by TPLF forces by heavy artillery.

In a similar development, the atrocities committed by the TPLF on innocent citizens and the destruction caused on public facilities in Amhara and Afar regions are disheartening and inhuman, said a Ugandan journalist .

Following his recent visit to the two regions, Managing Editor of Plus News Uganda Kungu Al-mahadi Adam told local media that TPLF is not fighting for the rights and the well-being of the people of Tigray in particular and Ethiopians in general.

“Why should education institutions like universities, health services, and health centers which I saw be looted?” Adam asked.

The journalist who returned to Addis Ababa recently stated that he “saw very old people in IDP camps, women and children as young as two to three years suffering and crying in pain as a result of the war that was taken to them by the TPLF. It was disheartening, challenging, and one of the worst experiences I have witnessed in my life.”


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