Ethiopia: Tigrayan forces ‘seize strategic town in Amhara region’

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Tigrayan forces said connected Saturday that they had seized the strategical municipality of Dessie successful Ethiopia’s Amhara portion wherever tens of thousands of radical person sought refuge from an escalation successful the conflict.

Fighters with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) had pushed Ethiopian authorities forces from Dessie and were advancing toward the municipality of Kombolcha, a TPLF spokesperson Getachew Reda said by outer telephone from an undisclosed location.

He besides said galore Ethiopian soldiers had been captured.

The government’s spokesperson, Legesse Tulu, did not instantly respond to requests for remark and the TPLF’s relationship could beryllium independently verified.

A schoolhouse manager successful Dessie said helium had seen Ethiopian soldiers retreating from the municipality connected Saturday greeting towards Kombolcha and that powerfulness crossed municipality had been disconnected since Friday.

Another nonmigratory of Dessie besides said the municipality had nary powerfulness and that the national service had left. Both said they had heard Tigrayan fighters were successful municipality but had not seen them. Both residents spoke connected information of anonymity.

The seizure of Dessie would beryllium a strategical summation for the Tigrayan fighters against the cardinal authorities forces who are trying to dislodge them from Amhara.

The ample municipality is 240 miles (385km) from the capital, Addis Ababa, and is the furthest southbound successful Amhara that TPLF forces person reached since pushing into the portion successful July.

War broke retired astir a twelvemonth agone betwixt national troops and the TPLF. Thousands of radical person been killed and much than 2 cardinal radical person been forced to flee.

Tigrayan forces were initially beaten back, but recaptured astir of the portion successful July and pushed into the neighbouring Amhara and Afar regions.

In mid-October, the TPLF said the subject had launched a crushed offensive to propulsion them retired of Amhara. The subject said connected Thursday determination was dense warring there, but accused the Tigrayan forces of starting it.