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Tigray, Oromo Forces Unite, Plan to Advance towards Addis Ababa

Tue 02 Nov 2021 | 09:42 AM
Ahmed Moamar

Ethiopia's Tigray rebel forces have joined forces from the Oromo region to fight the central government.

Getachew Reda, a spokesman for the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), said that the joint forces are considering advancing to the capital, Addis Ababa.

"He added that forces of the TPLF  have joined the Oromo Liberation Army (OLF), and if achieving their goals in Tigray will require advancing toward  Addis Ababa,  they will do so."

He stressed that  the forces of the TPLF  do not seek now to advance on Addis Ababa.

On the other hand, Ethiopia's government spokesman, Legisi Tolu, a military spokesman and a spokesman for Amhara province did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

It is worth noting that northern Ethiopia has been mired in internal conflict for nearly a year.

In November 2020, the authorities blamed the Tigray Front, which has dominated the political scene in Ethiopia for nearly three decades, for attacking a military base. Government forces launched a counter-operation with the support of neighboring Eritrea.

In the spring of 2021, Ethiopia announced the withdrawal of Eritrean forces from the Tigray region, after earlier declaring victory and the entry of federal forces into the capital of the troubled region in the north.

But in June, the rebels captured the administrative center of Tigray, Mekele, prompting the Ethiopian government to declare a ceasefire.

However, the rebels later said that they had escalated their offensive and had established control over much of southern Tigray.

On Sunday, the TPLF  announced that its fighters had taken control of the city of Kombolcha, located in the Amhara region of Ethiopia.

Its spokesman said the fighters would continue to take all necessary measures to break the siege imposed on the people of Tigray.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abi Ahmed, on Sunday, called on citizens in Ethiopia to take up arms and fight against the Tigray Liberation Front, which Addis Ababa designates as a terrorist group.