AIDS ABABA: The Ethiopian military on Sunday threatened to attack the capital of the disputed Tigris region, Makkah, and all local government seats, warning citizens to flee if they could.
“The next decisive battle is to surround Michael with tanks,” Army spokesman Dagen Sisige told state broadcasters on Sunday as he laid siege to the city. He added a warning to McLean’s 1.5 million residents: “Save yourself. You have been instructed to separate yourself from this junta, after which there will be no mercy.”
Last year’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning Prime Minister Abi Ahmed launched a military campaign against the Tigris People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in November, accusing its forces of sending troops into the region. The party has attacked federal military camps and discredited its government. And trying to destabilize it.
A contact in the region makes it difficult to confirm claims from both sides in the conflict, but there are reports that hundreds have been killed and tens of thousands have fled fighting in neighboring Sudan.
Abe’s government has claimed control of several towns in recent days, including the ancient city of Aksam and the town of Adiga Hamos, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) north of Mikel.
On Sunday, an Ethiopian state of emergency fact check, a government agency, said, “Defense forces have taken control of the town of Adga Hames, which is on the way from Adigrat to Mikel.” “The Defense Forces are currently marching on the ultimate goal of the campaign, the city of Michael.”
The TPLF claimed on Saturday that civilians had been killed during a “heavy bombardment” of the town by the Ethiopian Defense Forces (EDF). The government insists it does not target civilians.
The TPLF led the overthrow of Mangisto Helimaram, head of Ethiopia’s military dictatorship, in 1991 and dominated the country’s politics until Abe became prime minister in 2018. The party continues to rule Tigris, one of 10 regional states under Ethiopia’s ethnic federal system. Regions are made up of ethnicities and languages.
TPLF leaders have complained that he has been ignored by Abi and is responsible for the country’s woes. As a result of bitter feuds with the central government, the TPLF was forced to hold elections this year in opposition to the national adjournment due to the corona virus epidemic.
Abe has backed all demands for peace, including the African Union – which plans to send three former national presidents as special envoys in the near future. The United States and the United Nations have warned of human rights abuses. His government sees the TPLF as a criminal administration and seems intent on winning the military war instead of negotiating.