Ethiopian Forces Retake Two Towns

The Ethiopian government said its forces recaptured the strategic towns of Dessie and Kombolcha just over a month after the Tigrayan forces claimed control of the towns in the Amhara region.

“The historic Dessie city and the trade and industry corridor city, Kombolcha, have been freed by the joint gallant security forces,” the government communications service said on Monday, the latest in a round of territorial gains claimed by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s administration.

Aljazeera reported that the state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation quoted Abiy saying the Tigrayan forces had sustained “heavy losses and (were) unable to cope with the strike by allied forces… the enemy will be hit, and the victory will continue.” 

On Wednesday, the government also announced that pro-Abiy forces had recaptured the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lalibela, which had fallen to the Tigrayan fighters in August.

On Sunday, TPLF leader Debretsion Gebremichael denied the government was scoring big victories, saying the Tigrayan forces were making strategic territorial adjustments and remained undefeated.

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