Ethiopia: Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed calls on public after Tigrayan and Oromo forces claim they have seized towns

Ethiopia: Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed calls on public after Tigrayan and Oromo forces claim they have seized towns

The conflict between Tigrayan and Ethiopian government forces began nearly a year ago after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who was the winner of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, announced a military offensive to overthrow Tigray’s regional ruling party.

Ethiopia’s prime minister has called on the public to “defend, repulse and bury the terrorist” after two different groups fighting the government claimed they had seized control of two towns.

Tigrayan forces, who have been in conflict with government forces for nearly a year, said they had taken control of a strategic town in the Amhara region, located on one of the two major highways.

Spokesperson for the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), Getachew Reda, told Reuters that the group had seized the town of Kombolcha and its airport in the Amhara region.

The conflict between Tigrayan and Ethiopian government forces began nearly a year ago after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who was the winner of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, announced a military offensive to overthrow TPLF, Tigray’s regional ruling party.

 

Another group of insurgents from Oromiya, Ethiopia’s most populous region, said they had also seized the town of Kemise, which is around 33 miles south of Kombolcha.

Odaa Tarbii, a spokesperson for the Oromo Liberations Army (OLA), said the group had taken the town and were engaging government forces.

 

The OLA is an outlawed splinter group of the Oromo Liberation Front, a formerly banned opposition group that returned from exile after Prime Minister Ahmed took office in 2018.


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