April 24, 2024

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Ethiopia:’Rebels’May Attack,Overrun Addis-Ababa

Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa could be overrun by rebels within “months, an Oromo group allied with Tigrayan fighters has said.

The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which has been fighting Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government for a year, has claimed significant territorial gains in recent days, along with its ally the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA).

Spokesman for OLA, Odaa Tarbii which has also claimed recent advances in Amhara and the Oromia region surrounding Addis Ababa, said his group intended to topple Abiy’s government, calling his removal “a foregone conclusion”.

“If things continue in the current trajectory, then we are talking about a matter of months if not weeks,” he said. The comments came hours after Ethiopia declared a nationwide state of emergency and ordered residents of Addis Ababa to prepare to defend their neighbourhoods.

In a recent statement, Abiy accused the rebel alliance of trying to turn Ethiopia into Libya and Syria, adding: “They are set to destroy a country  not to build it.”

He also urged citizens to support the war effort, saying: “Victory over the threat posed by our enemies is unattainable if we do not work together.”

Under the state of emergency, authorities can conscript “any military-age citizen who has weapons” or suspend media outlets believed to be “giving moral support directly or indirectly” to the TPLF.Lawmakers were expected to approve the state of emergency Fana said.

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TPLF spokesman Getachew Reda said the measures amounted to a “carte blanche to jail or kill Tigrayans at will”.“While the regime is teetering on the brink of collapse, Abiy and his lieutenants are unleashing a reign of terror with a vengeance,” he said.

The federal government also announced a fresh airstrike on Tigray, the latest in a campaign of aerial bombardments that began last month.

The strike on the town of Adi Bukray targeted a “military training centre” for the TPLF, government spokeswoman Selamawit Kassa said.

Abiy sent troops into Tigray a year ago in response, to TPLF attacks on army camps.

The 2019 Nobel Peace laureate promised a swift victory, but by late June the rebels had retaken most of Tigray and expanded into the neighbouring regions of Afar and Amhara.

In recent days the TPLF has claimed control of two key cities in Amhara, about 400 kilometres (250 miles) north of Addis Ababa.