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Members of Amhara Special Forces stand guard along a street in Humera town, Ethiopia July 1, 2021. REUTERS/StringerADDIS ABABA, July 14 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's Amhara region said on Wednesday it will go on the offensive against forces from the neighbouring Tigray region, as advancing Tigrayans bear down on Amhara-held territory, potentially opening a major new phase in Ethiopia's civil war. A spokesman for the Amhara regional government said the authorities there were rallying their own forces for a counter-attack against Tigrayans. "The regional government has now transitioned from defensive to an offensive," Amhara spokesperson Gizachew Muluneh was quoted as saying by the region's state-run Amhara Media Corporation. On Tuesday the National Movement of Amhara, a major regional political party, called on irregular volunteer militia - known as Fano - to mobilise.
Persons: Stringer ADDIS, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Gizachew Muluneh, Tigrayans, Mai Tsebri, Getachew Reda, Dawit Endeshaw, Katharine Houreld, George Obulutsa Organizations: Amhara Special Forces, REUTERS, Amhara, Tigrayans, Amhara Media Corporation, National Movement of Amhara, Alamata, Reuters, UN, Food Programme, Ethiopian, WFP, Thomson Locations: Humera town, Ethiopia, Stringer ADDIS ABABA, Tigray, Amhara, Fano, Western Tigray, Mekelle, Nairobi
A spokesman for the Amhara regional government also said the authorities there were rallying their own forces for a counter-attack against Tigrayan forces. "The regional government has now transitioned from defensive to offensive," Amhara spokesperson Gizachew Muluneh was quoted as saying by the region's state-run Amhara Media Corporation. "Amhara militia and special forces have been systematically trying to defend but now our patience has run out and as of today we have opened an offensive attack." On Tuesday the National Movement of Amhara, a major regional political party, called on irregular volunteer militia - known as Fano - to mobilise. One refugee from Adi Harush camp told Reuters Tigrayan militia were searching refugees' homes and confiscating cell phones.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Gizachew Muluneh, Tigrayans, Mai Tsebri, Getachew Reda, Getachew, Adi Harush, TPLF's Getachew, Tesfahun Gobezay, Dawit Endeshaw, Katharine Houreld, George Obulutsa, Toby Chopra, Sonya Hepinstall Organizations: Tigrayan, Amhara, Amhara Media Corporation, National Movement of Amhara, Alamata, Reuters, Thomson Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Tigray, Amhara, Fano, Western Tigray, Mekelle, Ethiopia, Mai, Adi, Nairobi
Tigray rebels say they capture main town, push south and west
  + stars: | 2021-07-13 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
NAIROBI, July 13 (Reuters) - Rebels in Ethiopia's Tigray region said on Tuesday they had recaptured a main town from rival forces and were pushing to take back more territory. War broke out last November between Tigray's ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), and Ethiopian federal forces. But some parts in the west and south are also claimed by neighbouring Amhara region, which has sent fighters to the contested areas. "The Amhara forces were routed in the highlands north of Alamata and to the east of Alamata as well as the federal forces. But neighbouring Amhara region claims the land and its forces, along with Ethiopian troops and allies from neighbouring Eritrea, are stationed in the territory.
Persons: Mekelle, Getachew Reda, Getnet Adane, Getachew, Mai Tsebri, Abiy Ahmed, Maggie Fick, Emma Thomasson, Angus MacSwan Organizations: Reuters, Ethiopian, United Nations, Food, Thomson Locations: NAIROBI, Ethiopia's Tigray, Tigray's, Tigray, Mekelle, Amhara, Alamata, Mai, Eritrea
A tank damaged during the fighting between Ethiopia's National Defense Force (ENDF) and Tigray Special Forces stands on the outskirts of Humera town in Ethiopia July 1, 2021. REUTERS/StringerADDIS ABABA, July 12 (Reuters) - Forces from Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray said on Monday they were pushing south and had recaptured a town from government forces, underscoring their determination to keep fighting until the region's pre-war borders are restored. Conflict erupted in Tigray eight months ago between central government forces and the region's ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF). Getachew, the TPLF spokesperson, said the group wants its pre-war borders restored and transport links open to allow people and humanitarian aid to move. read moreOn Monday, the United Nations' World Food Programme said that the first humanitarian convoy to enter the Tigray region in two weeks had reached Mekelle.
Persons: Stringer ADDIS, Getachew Reda, Getnet Adane, Abiy Ahmed, Getachew, Mekelle, Dawit Endeshaw, Maggie Fick Organizations: Ethiopia's National Defense Force, Tigray Special Forces, REUTERS, Forces, Reuters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopian, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Humera, Ethiopia, Stringer ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia's, Mekelle, Amhara, Alamata, Korem, Addis Ababa, Nairobi
A tank damaged during the fighting between Ethiopia's National Defense Force (ENDF) and Tigray Special Forces stands on the outskirts of Humera town in Ethiopia July 1, 2021. REUTERS/StringerADDIS ABABA, July 12 (Reuters) - Forces from Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray said on Monday they were pushing south and had recaptured a town from government forces, underscoring their determination to keep fighting until the region's pre-war borders are restored. Conflict erupted in Tigray eight months ago between central government forces and the region's ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF). Getachew, the TPLF spokesperson, said the group wants its pre-war borders restored and transport links open to allow people and humanitarian aid to move. read moreOn Monday, the United Nations' World Food Programme said that the first humanitarian convoy to enter the Tigray region in two weeks had reached Mekelle.
Persons: Stringer ADDIS, Getachew Reda, Getnet Adane, Abiy Ahmed, Getachew, Mekelle, Dawit Endeshaw, Maggie Fick Organizations: Ethiopia's National Defense Force, Tigray Special Forces, REUTERS, Forces, Reuters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopian, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Humera, Ethiopia, Stringer ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia's, Mekelle, Amhara, Alamata, Korem, Addis Ababa, Nairobi
The government says the TPLF has turned renegade and is holding power in Tigray illegally. Experts on Ethiopia are sceptical that the government can dislodge the TPLF, which has a long history of guerrilla warfare from mountainous Tigray. “Mr Abiy’s declared war aim is to impose federal control on Tigray,” Ethiopia expert Alex de Waal wrote this week. The TPLF has fired rockets at Eritrea, while Ethiopia has removed weapons from ethnic Tigrayan soldiers in its peacekeeping contingent in Somalia. In the capital Addis Ababa, there have been blood donations for federal soldiers, but also sadness about Ethiopians fighting each other.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Joe Biden’s, Redwan Hussein, , Abiy, Mulu Nega, Debretsion Gebremichael, Mekelle, Abiy’s, Tedros Adhanom, Birhanu Jula, Bihanu, , Antony Blinken, Mr Abiy’s, Alex de Waal Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, World Health Organization, WHO, Ethiopian Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia, Tigray, Sudan, Horn of Africa, U.S, Mekelle, Tigrayans, Shire, Axum, Alamata, Amhara, South Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea, Addis Ababa
The government says the TPLF has turned renegade and is holding power in Tigray illegally. Experts on Ethiopia are sceptical that the government can dislodge the TPLF, which has a long history of guerrilla warfare from mountainous Tigray. “Mr Abiy’s declared war aim is to impose federal control on Tigray,” Ethiopia expert Alex de Waal wrote this week. The TPLF has fired rockets at Eritrea, while Ethiopia has removed weapons from ethnic Tigrayan soldiers in its peacekeeping contingent in Somalia. In the capital Addis Ababa, there have been blood donations for federal soldiers, but also sadness about Ethiopians fighting each other.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Joe Biden’s, Redwan Hussein, , Abiy, Mulu Nega, Tigrayans, Abiy’s, Tedros Adhanom, Birhanu Jula, Bihanu, , Antony Blinken, Mr Abiy’s, Alex de Waal Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, World Health Organization, WHO, Meles Academy University, Ethiopian Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia, Tigray, Sudan, Mekelle, Horn of Africa, U.S, Tigrayans, Shire, Axum, Alamata, Amhara, South Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea, Addis Ababa
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia said its troops were marching on the capital of the Tigray region on Tuesday after a deadline for rebel forces to surrender passed in a two-week conflict shaking the Horn of Africa and alarming the world. “The TPLF junta will soon be held accountable for destroying this infrastructure and for crimes it has committed so far.”There was no immediate TPLF comment on the accusations. Federal forces had also destroyed TPLF military bases in both areas and were now heading towards Mekelle, the statement said. After Amnesty International reported a massacre of scores of labourers, where it cited witnesses blaming TPLF forces, the United Nations human rights chief said war crimes may have been committed. Diplomats described a growing push for negotiations, but Ethiopia said it was simply explaining an internal conflict to outsiders.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Fitawrari Million, , Babar Baloch, Mark Lowcock, , , , Debretsion Gebremichael, TPLF, Abiy Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, , Eritrean, Ethiopian, Fitawrari, United Nations, Refugees, Ethiopian National Defense Force, REUTERS, Tiksa, Humanitarian Affairs, Emergency, , Federal, Amnesty International, Governments, Diplomats Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia, Tigray, of Africa, Mekelle, Shire, Axum, Eritrea, Asmara, Sudan, Addis Ababa, UNHCR, Sanja, Amhara, U.N, United, , Alamata, Europe, Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Nigerian
REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri“The three-day ultimatum given to Tigray Special Forces and the militia to surrender ... has ended today,” Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Facebook. Abiy’s warning came after his forces struck unspecified TPLF targets outside the Tigray capital Mekelle in “precision-led and surgical air operations”, a government statement said. A convoy of four buses and several cars, carrying about 400 foreigners from Mekelle, was expected to arrive in the capital Addis Ababa on Wednesday, five diplomatic sources said. On Monday, his foreign minister went to Uganda and Kenya, while a Nigerian former president flew to Addis Ababa. But many senior officers were Tigrayan, much powerful weaponry is there, and the TPLF has seized the powerful Northern Command’s headquarters in Mekelle.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, ” Africa’s, Abiy, Debretsion Gebremichael, Matt Bryden, , Africa’s, al Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Ethiopian National Defense Force, REUTERS, Negeri, Tigray Special Forces, , Facebook, The United Nations, Ethiopian, United Nations, Diplomats, African Union, State, Fana Locations: ADDIS, Tigray, of Africa, Sanja, Amhara, Ethiopia, Negeri “, Eritrea, Sudan, Mekelle, ALAMATA, Tigrayan, Alamata, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Europe, Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Nigerian, Somalia, Northern
The Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which governs the region of more than 5 million people, has accused Eritrea of sending tanks and thousands of soldiers over the border to support Ethiopian federal troops. Tigray forces fired rockets into Eritrea at the weekend. A task force set up by Abiy to handle the government's response to the crisis, said troops had "liberated" the town of Alamata from the TPLF. Fighting spreadsThe fighting has spread beyond Tigray into Amhara, whose local forces are allied with Abiy's forces. On Friday, rockets were fired at two airports in Amhara in what the TPLF said was retaliation for government air strikes.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed's, Abiy, Debretsion Gebremichael, Abiy Ahmed, TPLF, Isaias Afwerki Organizations: Ethiopian, Reuters, United Nations, African, Abiy's, Amnesty, Ethiopian National Defense Force, CIA Locations: Addis, Tigray, Eritrea, of Africa, Sudan, Africa's, Asmara, Alamata, Amhara, Mekelle, African Union, Ethiopia, Somalia, Northern, Addis Ababa, United States
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