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Ethiopia dismiss allegations of airstrike targeting civilians in Tigray

The Airstrike was targeting TPLF forces who were celebrating an event says Ethiopian Defense Force 

Ethiopia Defense Force _
Colonel Getnet Adane during the press conference (Photo : ENA)


After the Ethiopian election turned out to be a peaceful one, as witnessed by the African Union observer’s Mission, mainstream media in the west had to find something else with which they tarnish the image of Ethiopia. 

Many of them published a story alleging that Ethiopian Air force carried out an airstrike targeting civilians in a marketplace called Togoga, which is said to be about twenty kilometers from Mekelle. 

The reports claimed that about 64 people have been killed and 180 wounded. 

Ethiopian Defense Force on Thursday dismissed the allegation about the killings of civilians during an air strike outside Mekelle saying that civilians were not targeted in airstrikes. 

Colonel Getenet Adane, Ethiopian Defense Force Public Relations Director, said ” action has been taken against the junta’s terrorist group under the leadership of Migbe  Haile which was getting together to celebrate Martyrs day.” 

He confirmed that Ethiopian Air Force conducted an airstrike on Tuesday this week against the forces of Migbe Haile near Kolla Temben , and no civilians were targeted in the attack. 

“Our defense force is even paying sacrifices because of the extra cautions it is making to avoid civilian casualties,” Colonel Getnet added.  

Pro- TPLF groups have been claiming victory against Ethiopian Defense Forces this week. They went to the extent of claiming that TPLF forces controlled cities and took thousands of Ethiopian Defense Forces as captives.  Colonel Ketnet spoke about it too during his media appearance on Thursday. 

The Ethiopian Defense Force was withdrawn from most parts of Tigray region for deployment in other parts of the country as part of security arrangements for the sixth general election in the country, he said. The TPLF terrorists, he added, exploited the situation to rove around urban centers and cause security problems. 

Regarding the question why TPLF leaders are asserting presence and show of force, Colonel Getenet said  “they [TPLF forces] realized that all the possible exits out of Ethiopia are closed, and they are trying to show that they still exist.” 

He also accused TPLF of using child soldiers forcefully recruited from communities. 

The Ethiopian Parliament has designated TPLF, which is currently operating as a guerrilla group in different parts of the region, as a terrorist organization. 

It is believed to be operating in the wildernesses of Tigray in most cases  but it also appears to have clandestine cells in and near urban centers operating as civilians. 

Many of the TPLF military leaders including  Tadesse Worede, Tsadkan Gebretensae and Megebe Haile appeared in civilian clothes during recent interviews with a pro TPLF media based in the diaspora. 

Megebe Haile _ TPLF _ Airstrike
Migbe Haile, One of the TPLF Generals leading guerrilla forces in Tigray (Photo :SM)

There are indications that TPLF combatants are using civilian clothes for combat (both in urban centers and rural areas). A video circulating on twitter ( embedded below) shows a group of armed TPLF combatants signing and dancing. Furthermore, there were reports that they were taking human shields in residential homes and places of worship. 

Ethiopian government has been criticized, for a long time now after the TPLF started the war,  for targeting civilians.

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  1. My hommie Chairman Debre just shot me an email from the battle front. He told me that his forces have just launched an offensive on all fronts and taken several towns in Tigray and Eritrea. Mega cities that include Adigrat, Axum, Gondar, Mekele, Keren, Teseney, Massawa, Dessie, Nefasit, Bahir Dar, Semera, Kombolcha and Assab are all in the hands of his indomitable army. Asmara is surrounded and President Isaias had fled the city and his country. He is hiding in Jeddah under an assumed name. Chairman Debre also told me that he is planning to enter Addis/Finfine on Friday. His men are sorting out the terms of surrender with Abiy and his men. He is going to send me first class flight ticket so I can join him during his victory celebration on Sunday. I’m so excited!!!!
    Beginning this coming Monday calling Tigray just as Tigray will be prohibited and deemed illegal. Everyone of you must call her The People’s Republic of Tigray. Also he is going to liberate my people and establish a separate Republic of Oromia a week from Monday and he will make me the president, prime minister, finance and defense minister there. He pledged to lend me 100,000 soldiers from his one million standing army since all Oromos and Amharas don’t know how to fight and be soldiers. So a week from Monday don’t you dare call me just Ittu. You better call me President/Premier His Holiness Ittu! By the way, Chairman Debre, Foreign Minister Getaches Asefa and I will tour the USA beginning July 1st to hug you all our friends and to celebrate 4th of July with everyone here. I can’t wait! I’m so excited that ‘the gold race’ has finally liberated me and my Oromos!!!

  2. TPLF terror groups don’t have to worry about who will spread their false propaganda for them. the sons, daughters, and grandkids of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini with the same principles of their forefathers are still kicking and alive, hateful white supremacist and colonial powers in America, the British and Europeans who have burning grudges and hate for ETHIOPIA, for defeating the egregious European colonial powers which invaded the black continent of AFRICA, in first and second world wars. As for spreading anti-Ethiopian Gestapo propaganda, the well-established nazi and fascistic so-called news media, such as CNN, BBC, Washington Post, New York Times, Reuters, AP, and all the rest of them are at the core of tarnishing the ancient land of ETHIOPIA. Amerikkka, the British, and the European Union does not have the moral and ethical grounds to upheld Ethiopia for its unsurpassable, ethics and moral and or religious standings.
    The history of America, British, and the so-called now European union is nothing but heinous crimes and evildoing.


  3. This killing of civilians is a big no no! Whoever did this, whoever allegedly killed civilians should be held accountable. In bloody conflict zones like this one civilians are always caught between the warring factions. They are like damned you do and damned you don’t. The goons of the TPLF have a long history of setting up innocent citizens as casualty of war. Their own former colleague had told us how they set up the mooncalf Mengistu for the Howzen air strike in the 1980’s. They willl try to do that again and again because the fringe benefits from such massacre is more valued to their demonic campaign than Allah created human lives of innocent citizens. This is how leftist rebels operate:Make profits whether others are dead or alive.


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