Ethiopian Army Has Launched Offensive on Tigray Forces, Rebel Group Says

The Ethiopian army has launched on Oct. 11 “coordinated offensives on all fronts,” including in the northern region of Amhara, against Tigray forces, the rebel group claimed.

According to an official statement from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the Ethiopian forces was using “heavy artilleries, tanks, rockets, drones, and fighter jets, leaving no doubt about their annihilationist intent.”

TPLF Spokesperson Getachew Reda said that Ahmend “final offensive is in full swing now.”

“Our forces are holding their ground and more in Wegeltena, Geregera, Wurgessa, and Haro fronts,” Reda further said.

The Ethiopian government has not explicitly confirmed any fighting.

However, Billene Seyoum, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s spokesperson, said on Twitter that the TPLF was using “ruthless targeting and name calling of specific individuals as a means of escaping accountability for atrocities they continue to commit while holding the people of Tigray hostage for their narrow destructive agenda.”

The 11-month conflict began last November when Ahmed — the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize winner — deployed troops to the northern region of Tigray against TPLF,   causing a humanitarian crisis in which thousands have been killed and two million others have fled from their homes.

The United Nations also warned that around 400,000 people were under famine-like conditions in Tigray.

TPLF urged the international community to “go beyond rhetorical condemnation and take meaningful actions by imposing punitive measures on the Ethiopian, Eritrean, and Amhara regional governments to compel them to desist from their genocidal project.”

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