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Ethiopia area accuses Tigray forces of attacking its metropolis

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Amhara regional authorities says TPLF fired rockets on Bahir Dar metropolis, as federal forces transfer in direction of the Tigrayan capital, Makelle.

Forces from Ethiopia’s Tigray area have fired rockets into town of Bahir Dar within the neighbouring Amhara area however no casualties or harm had been reported, the Amhara authorities mentioned, as federal forces moved in direction of the Tigrayan capital.

“The unlawful TPLF group launched a rocket assault round 01:40am [22:40 GMT on Thursday] in Bahir Dar,” Amhara regional authorities’s communications workplace mentioned on its Fb web page on Friday, referring to the Tigray Folks’s Liberation Entrance (TPLF).

“The rockets have precipitated no harm,” the put up added.

The northern-based TPLF successfully ruled Ethiopia for many years because the strongest pressure in a multi-ethnic coalition, till Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took energy two years in the past.

An Ethiopian youngster who fled the battle within the Tigray area carries his plate as he queues for meals on the Um-Rakoba camp, on the Sudan-Ethiopia border in al-Gadarif state, Sudan [Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters]

Abiy’s authorities says the TPLF has turned renegade and is holding energy in Tigray illegally. Tensions escalated after the federal government accused TPLF of attacking federal troops.

However the TPLF says the battle is a part of an unconstitutional assault on regional rights. Each side accuse the opposite of atrocities and blocking humanitarian support.

Amhara, which has a long-running border dispute with Tigray, has despatched regional forces in assist of the federal troops.

The battle in northern Ethiopia has killed a whole bunch over the previous two weeks, despatched 33,000 refugees into Sudan, and known as into query whether or not Abiy – Africa’s youngest chief and final yr’s Nobel Peace Prize winner – can maintain his ethnically divided nation collectively forward of nationwide elections subsequent yr.

He launched hundreds of political prisoners, lifted bans on many political events and put many officers from the outdated regime on trial for crimes like homicide or corruption. The Tigrayans accused him of purging them from positions of energy, accusations his authorities denies.

There have additionally been experiences of ethnically motivated killings.

Worldwide rights group Amnesty Worldwide documented a mass killing of civilians by what it says had been Tigrayan forces on November 9-10, and refugees fleeing the battle into Sudan have mentioned they had been focused as a result of they had been Tigrayan.

Tigray forces accused the federal government of bombing a college within the Tigray capital of Mekelle on Thursday. There was no fast response from the federal government though officers have mentioned they’re solely attacking navy targets.

It has been unattainable to confirm assertions on all sides as a result of phone traces and web connections to Tigray have been down for the reason that starting of the battle.

Ethiopia mentioned on Thursday it was closing in on Mekelle because the rebels claimed they’re combating to defend it.

Ethiopian males who fled the battle within the Tigray area queue for meals on the Um-Rakoba camp, on the Sudan-Ethiopia border in al-Gadarif state, Sudan [Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters]

Additionally on Thursday, Ethiopia’s navy accused probably the most distinguished Tigrayan overseas, the World Well being Group (WHO) head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, of attempting to acquire arms and diplomatic backing for the TPLF.

Ethiopian military chief Birhanu Jula known as Tedros, who served as a minister in a TPLF-led Ethiopian coalition authorities for greater than a decade earlier than taking the helm of the worldwide well being physique, “a felony”. Birhanu offered no proof.

In a message on Twitter, Tedros denied the accusation and known as on all events in Ethiopia to work for peace, civilians’ security and entry for well being and humanitarian support to these in want.

“There have been experiences suggesting I’m taking sides on this scenario. This isn’t true and I wish to say that I’m on just one facet and that’s the facet of peace.” Tedros mentioned.

Africa’s second-most populous nation of 115 million individuals, Ethiopia is a federation of 10 states run by separate ethnic teams, lots of whom have used the brand new freedoms that got here underneath Abiy to jostle with the federal authorities and one another for extra energy, cash or land.

Of these, the mountainous Tigray – which accounts for about 5 p.c of the inhabitants – is smaller however has an extended historical past of dominating the safety providers. The area spearheaded a battle that toppled a communist authorities in 1991.