On Wednesday, Ethiopia arrested 17 army officers for treason, accusing them of colluding with authorities of Tigray Region, where the government is waging a military offensive, according to state media reports.
It added that the arrested officers are accused of disrupting communication systems between the military’s northern and Ethiopia’s central command, an act described as “treason”.
Sources pointed out that one of the suspects was the head of the army’s communication department, who was caught in the act of sending 11 boxes “packed with explosives and missile components” to the TPLF.
United Nations sources added that the Tigray conflict had already sent 6,000-7,000 people fleeing across the border into Sudan, with Khartoum fearing that number could balloon.
“The number is increasing around the clock,” said Alsir Khaled, an official from the Sudanese refugee commission.
“The Ethiopian National Defense Force has fully captured Humera Airport amid continuation of government’s military response against TPLF rebel group,” state controlled television reported yesterday.
The army said that a number of militants, previous allies with current Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, have surrendered.
The Ethiopian army added that the militants were intending to use Humera airport to launch an attack against the Ethiopian forces.
It was reported also that special forces members, the police and organized militia under the leadership of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, had surrendered to the army.
The army then announced that it had taken control of Medaille, Dansheha, Baker and Humera-Sudan Road, as part of the government’s operation.