Ethiopian crisis: Tigrayan forces demand the capture of a strategic city in Amhara
Kanako Mita and Sawako Utsumi
Modern times of Tokyo
The conflict in Ethiopia is escalating again in Tigray and other junction areas. Now, with the Tigrayan forces claiming to have taken the town of Dessie in the Amhara region, the Ethiopian central and allied forces can only launch a counterattack.
Several massacres have already taken place against the Amhara. This is Amhara killed by Tigray forces and the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) in the Oromia region. Earlier this year, the OLA killed at least 150 Amhara in a massacre – according to the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC).
Of course, all sides – including the central Ethiopian forces and their allies – have committed massacres against the Tigrayans. It is the sad nature of war where innocent civilians of all stripes are caught in the bloodshed that follows.
Concerning the strategic town of Dessie. Voice of America Reports, “The fighters pushed back the Ethiopian government forces from Dessie and headed for the town of Kombolcha,” Getachew Reda, spokesperson for the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), told Reuters by satellite phone from an undisclosed location. . “
Ethiopian government officials have denied the fall of this strategic city. Therefore, the central government claims that this is TPLF propaganda.
Lee Jay Walker says, âWhatever the current situation on the ground, thousands of people have already been killed. Equally tragic, around two million people fled. Thus, vulnerable communities face the terrible consequences of war. In addition, each new death will increase interethnic and interpolitical hatred. ”
State Department spokesman Ned Price admitted America is troubled by recent events. He referred to the actions of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Tigray (TPLF) and the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF).
He said, “We urge the TPLF not to use artillery against towns and reiterate our strong objections to the ENDF airstrikes in Mekelle and other parts of Tigray which have claimed countless lives.”
He further stated, “There is no military solution to this conflict, and all parties must enter into ceasefire negotiations without preconditions.”
It is everyone’s responsibility to seek a solution outside the military angle. Otherwise, the death spiral will increase dramatically.
Moreover, in the shadow of war, food shortages and health-related deaths will result from the convulsions of war.
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