Ethiopia | Hundreds dead after clashes between Federal forces and the People’s Liberation Front – VIDEO

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Published on 10/11/2020 at 15:37

The war in Ethiopia continues for the sixth consecutive day. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s forces are attacking the Tigray region, controlled by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

To date, the death toll has risen to hundreds since the hostilities began on November 4. 

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on November 9 that Ethiopia would not collapse into “chaos” despite the ongoing military operation in Tigray.

A military official from the neighboring Ahara region of the Federal Reserve told Reuters news agency that clashes with Tigray forces in Kirakir had resulted in the deaths of nearly 500 fighters of the People’s Liberation Front.

Leaders in the northern region of Tigray said on November 9 that the federal government led by Abiy had carried out more than 10 airstrikes against them in recent days.

These are the developments since the outbreak of the war:

  • The Ethiopian news agency FANA reported that federal forces had occupied the airport in the city of Khumera, as well as the areas of Mintali, Dansa, Baeker and Likudi and the highway from Houdaou.
  • On November 8, the Sudanese newspaper Al-Rakuba reported that hundreds of federal troops and officers were on Sudanese territory at the Al-Lakdi border checkpoint after a successful attack by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, in which they demanded the release of Gedarev.
  • The same day, the Ethiopian Armed Forces announced the restoration of border control and that they would use Sudan territory for operations in Tigray. Potentially as a result, Sudan has deployed around 6,000 troops at the border.
  • The Ethiopian Armed Forces report daily successes against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front. Additional units of armed militias from the Amharas will soon arrive to assist the Northern Ethiopian Command as Abiy Ahmed prepares to move into the second phase of the operation. Many forces in particular are deployed in the Raya region south of Tigray.
  • The Southfront reports that the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) is apparently preparing for a major counterattack, promising to deploy up to 200,000 professional fighters.
  • Under the conditions of the information blockade, the number of victims is unknown, but it is believed that there are hundreds.
  • In addition to the 100 soldiers who died on November 3 during the invasion of Ethiopia’s Northern Command base, in the Dansa area alone, hundreds of federal soldiers were killed in heavy fighting on Friday in the Abdurafi area (5 km from Sudan).
  • As mentioned above, according to Amhara state authorities, at least 500 supporters of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) were killed in fighting in the Kirakir area. For its part, the 33rd Directorate of the Ethiopian Armed Forces suffered heavy casualties from TPLF special forces.
  • The Tigray leadership has called on the African Union and its President Cyril Ramapos to mediate the conflict.

The DEFENCE ReDEFiNED team monitors the events daily and brings you the news with full responsibility and objectivity. 

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