Swift End To Ethiopia Conflict ‘Just A Daydream,’ Says Tigray Leader

0
76

The leader of Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region said on Friday it was a “daydream” to think federal forces would soon prevail in the escalating conflict, warning of large-scale displacement and civilian casualties.

 

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, winner of last year’s Nobel Peace Prize, ordered military operations in Tigray last week.

He said he was responding to attacks on two federal military camps by the region’s ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) — accusations the party denies.

A communications blackout in Tigray has made it difficult to verify competing claims on the ground, but Abiy on Thursday vowed to deliver a decisive win “in a relatively short period of time”.

“This is a daydream, just a daydream,” Tigrayan leader Debretsion Gebremichael told AFP Friday when asked about Abiy’s comments.

RELATED NEWS:Tigray crisis: Ethiopia PM Abiy Ahmed orders military response to ‘attack’

“We are proud people who can defend ourselves. This is a burial ground for invaders.”

There are mounting worries about how Tigray’s population is faring after intensified fighting and several rounds of airstrikes that Abiy’s government says targeted fuel and weapons depots.

The United Nations on Thursday called for Ethiopia to provide full humanitarian access to Tigray and enable civilians to leave safely.

While thousands have already crossed the border into neighbouring Sudan, Debretsion said hundreds of thousands had been displaced within Tigray.

He also said civilians had been killed in government airstrikes in Mekele, the regional capital, and in the city of Adigrat close to the border with Eritrea.

These incidents could not be independently verified, nor could Debretsion’s claim — denied by the central government — that forces from neighbouring Eritrea have been involved in the fighting.

READ ALSO:Ethiopia Files Terrorism Charges Against Opposition Leaders

“People are running in every corner. So the most important consequence of the conflict currently is displacement. Of course, there are casualties, but we don’t have the numbers. This is too big to manage,” Debretsion said.

On Thursday Amnesty International said scores — possibly hundreds — of civilians had been killed in a “massacre” in Tigray that witnesses blamed on forces backing the TPLF.

“This is baseless. It cannot be related to us,” Debretsion said of the Amnesty report.

“We have our values, we have our norms. We know how to handle people.”

Watch Leakblast TV channel from around the world

Ethiopian state media reported on Thursday night that an arrest warrant had been issued for Debretsion and other TPLF leaders.

On Friday Abiy’s office announced the appointment of Mulu Nega, an education official, as chief executive of a caretaker administration Abiy’s government intends to set up in Tigray.

Thanks for Reading via the most updated news portal

About Leakblast.com

Share your story with us

Advertise With us

Encourage & Support LeakBlast

Feel free to contact us

Call Us:+234(0)9073726403
Get us on Whatsapp: +234(0)8181166425      
Email Us: editors@leakblast.com

SUPPORT LEAKBLAST JOURNALISM OF INTEGRITY AND CREDIBILITY

Good  journalism costs a lot of money.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble Endeavor.

By contributing to LeakBlast, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.

Support LeakBlast

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here