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Reported airstrike in Mekelle City, North Ethiopia

Ethiopian Air Force said last week it will continue airstrike on selected military targets. Debretsion Gebremichael accuses the government of targeting civilians

Mekele Airstrike _
Mekelle City after the airstrike on Monday. (photo : VOA Amharic)

November 16, 2020

The Ethiopian Air force reportedly carried out an airstrike in Mekelle City on Monday.  A report by VOA Amharic reporter, Mulugeta Atsebeha, said it happened around quarter to eleven o’clock in the morning.

The target was in the east of the city behind balloni stadium. “I saw smoke and dust, and a hole in the area where there was a strike,” said the Mulugeta Atsebeha.

The reporter also cited residents in the area to report that one person was killed in the attack. Furthermore, there was unspecified minor damage to residential homes in the area.

Banking service was restored in the city but internet and phone communications remained disconnected. The only phone service out of the region is through the Red Cross for which people have to get registered.

Reuters reported that the government did not target civilian areas in the airstrike.

On the other hand, Chairman of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and president of Tigray regional state, Debretsion Gebremichael accused the government of targeting civilians in the airstrike – which the Ethiopian government dismisses as a lie.  Furthermore, he reported a drone strike and called on the international community to condemn it.

“The Eritrean and Ethiopian Defense Force along with Amhara region special forces are launching a coordinated attack,” he claims. However, Eritrea denies involvement in the war between TPLF and Ethiopian Defense Forces.

Furthermore, he said that “non-African forces” are involved in the war but did not specify who exactly these forces are, as reported by VOA Amharic service.

So far over 20,000 people have crossed the border to Sudan fleeing the war. But there are unconfirmed reports that TPLF is mobilizing the migration in an attempt to internationalize the war with the aim to get the attention of the international community.

In what turned out to be a confirmation as to how the war started, one of the key propaganda men of TPLF, Sekoture Getachew, admitted on Dimtsi Woyane Television – which belongs to TPLF – this week that the TPLF forces made a “preemptive attack” on the northern command of the defense force on November 4.  Hundreds of unsuspecting Ethiopian Defense Force members are believed to have been massacred when TPLF did so as soldiers were sleeping.

According to the Ethiopian government narrative, In the days following the attack a considerable number of the Ethiopian Defense Force managed to break out of the siege. TPLF lost control of several towns in the west and south.

Moreover, Ethiopian troops are reportedly advancing towards Mekelle where the TPLF leaders, that are said to be responsible for the war, are believed to be residing.  Yet, it is unclear if the war will be over in a matter of weeks or it will be a protracted one.

There have been demonstrations in several Ethiopian cities supporting the Ethiopian Defense Forces.

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  1. In it’s real term of expression,tplf is ISIS of Ethiopians.They pretend to be honestly democrat,but conspire against democracy.
    They were leading Ethiopia for 27 years and we Ethiopians know them how bad they are.It was Mafia group that looted the country’s resources,take lands of regional neibours of Amara and Afar to their Tigrai region.
    The international community didn’t know the genocide tplf committed to Amara nation was much worse than Nazi committed against the Jews.The evil acts they committed is satanic and inhuman that Satan himself envey.Tplf is modern day Nazi of Ethiopia.

    • They are allowed to kill and loot because their are doing the bidding for the outsides!!!! they could not careless if Ethiopia is at peace or not what it matters most is MONEY, revise our Horn of Africa history, USA and USSR, what have they done to us? they provided us with killings machines and paid a lip service to our condition and there a tell a tell signs there, little differences that we have, they make it a big gap so it is ours responsibility to reject them and deny them to interfere in our affairs, it is unfortunate they got TPLF thugs and terrorist to do their biding this time.

  2. Now the thugs and their running dogs along with some of their house niggers who they recruited from my proud and patriotic Oromos are using the scare tactics on the world opinion telling everyone that this battle for law and order will spread to wreak havoc on the entire Horn of Africa. Just think about it. The law enforcing campaign is directed against a small bunch of hoodlums who successfully kowtowed the people of a small area of the country itself. These fear mongers are presenting the campaign as a war of biblical proportion as if the Swahili speaking Kenyan loves Debre and his goon so much that he is gonna rebel against his own government. These paid faceless university orphans are presenting Debre and his thugs as someone so worshiped by the people of Djibouti, Eritrea, Sudan, Kenya, Somalia, Puerto Rica, Minnesota, the entire Asia and South Sudan. Tell that to that patriot from Ogaden. He knows what these thugs did to him not too long ago. It seems VOA has joined the choir singing the pending doomsday for that gem of the colored. Such media outlets are talking about the refugees who crossed into Sudan more than those who were literally butchered at the hands of savages incited by Debre and his goons. Let me put it for you this way. Let’s say a group of my Oromos butchered another group of non Oromos and I did not do anything to stop it. Then soldiers that comprised of different groups descended on the town. Do you expect me to run or will I have the courage to stick around? Heck no!!! I will be shaking in my boots just what these soldiers might do to me after they are so enraged by what they see. Then I will run as fast as I can even though there is no hint that the soldiers will do any harm to me. That is a dead giveaway!!! That is what we may be seeing now in Sudan. They know what they did or they did not do. They might have been jumping thru the skies at the sight of innocent job seekers being hacked and knifed to death. Expect to see some of the butchers of Mai-Kadra massacre as ‘political’ refugees soon at the neighborhood near you. They are being assured their safety by the PM, Foreign Minister and the entire military leaders of the old country if these so-called refugees want to return to their homes and I believe them. But I don’t think they will decide to come back because they smell resettlement in Lexington, Flint, Staffordshire, Minnesota, some joints in Down Under and Sunny California.

    • The issue is SIMPL it is BLACK AND WHITE!!!! they like us to tear apart so that they can play GOD and SAITAN every other day, we need to wake up to own our own problems.

  3. Subject: Reported airstrike in Mekelle City, North Ethiopia

    QUOTE: The Ethiopian Air force reportedly carried out an airstrike in Mekelle City on Monday.  A report by VOA Amharic reporter, Mulugeta Atsebeha, said it happened around quarter to eleven o’clock in the morning. UNQUOTE

    The following is really directed at the the Honourable Holder of Doctor of Philosophy Degree from Renowned Universal University, Chairman of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and President of Tigray regional state.!!!! WOW!!!

    One can’t reach higher than that HONOUR before touching the hands of the Universal Almighty. Unfortunately, that HIGH of Authority begets a characteristic that the custodian cannot carry it with sanity. We are ALL limited.

    The following question is borrowed from a humble poor husband when he saw his X-Wife serving customers in Drinking Place and being poked by drunk customers left and right, up and down, front and behind:
    አዚዶ ይሓይሽ? So asked the poor single fellow, without really expecting an answer. And so, as the French say: C’est la Vie . Or perhaps the Ethiopian saying is direct and much better: “ሳይቸገር ጥል” But even then, the Ethiopian saying is magnanimous enough and finished it with an advice ንገረው ምከረው፤ ካልሰማ መከራ ይምከረው Fantastic ! Simply, FANTASTIC. What an Insightful Wisdom!!! Why do European Colonizers label Africans as “backward” ? I know the psychological answer, which hammers and arrests the mind continously for ever, and ever, and ever …….. to what we are, still TODAY in the 21st Century!!!!! I wish ETHIOPIA, along with proud TIGRAY within it, for the benefit of ALL ETHIOPIANS and as a good example throughout our beloved AFRICA. For Heaven’s Sake, let us STOP being a CONSTANT NEGATIVE example of BLACK AFRICANS through out the world. THE END


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