Ethiopian military pushes closer to rebel capital, denies ‘ethnic bias’

Abiy, 44, ordered air strikes and sent soldiers into Tigray on November 4 after accusing the local ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), of revolt and an attack on a government base. There is a dispute over control of the region with Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, claiming transgressions by Tigray’s leaders have pushed him to take military action whilst Debretsion Gebremichael has said Tigray will continue to defend itself until negotiations take place. Debretsion Gebremichael speaks during an interview in Mekele Tigray region of Ethiopia, 08 June 2019 (issued 09 November 2020). The leader of the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia Debretsion Gebremichael has called on the African Union (AU) to intervene to prevent Ethiopia from spiralling into civil war. EPA-EFE/STR

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The rulers of Ethiopia’s rebellious Tigray region refused to surrender to federal troops and instead claimed they were winning a war that has further destabilised the Horn of Africa. EPA-EFE/STR

Chairman of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) and the current President of Tigray Region Dr. There is a dispute over control of the region with Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, claiming transgressions by Tigray's leaders have pushed him to take military action whilst Debretsion Gebremichael has said Tigray will continue to defend itself until negotiations take place. More than 100 injuries from the conflict have been reported. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Ethiopian military pushes closer to rebel capital, denies ‘ethnic bias’

By Elena Pavlovska
Journalist

epa08809204 (FILE) – Chairman of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the current President of Tigray Region Dr. The TPLF said civilians had been killed in the attacks, allegations the task force denied. More than 100 injuries from the conflict have been reported. The government said its forces are marching on Tigray’s capital Mekelle and will triumph shortly. The leader of the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia Debretsion Gebremichael has called on the African Union (AU) to intervene to prevent Ethiopia from spiralling into civil war. Prime minister Abiy Ahmed’s government is also claiming major victories. The war has killed hundreds and sent 30,000 refugees fleeing into Sudan. Debretsion Gebremichael speaks during an interview in Mekele Tigray region of Ethiopia, 08 June 2019 (issued 09 November 2020). “Tigray is now a hell to its enemies. The people of Tigray will never kneel”, they said in a statement on Wednesday.