Hundreds of civilians reportedly massacred in the Alamata area as the TPLF pushed further southward after controlling Korem. Amhara regional state ordered all out mobilization to reverse the TPLF move in Northern Gondar and North Wollo regions of Ethiopia
Reports emerging on Monday say the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) forces are pushing South of Tigray region with a move to recapture areas that it forcefully incorporated into Tigray region of Ethiopia after taking government power in 1991.
Social media sources with links to the areas say that TPLF is shelling towns like Alamata, which is south of Korem, with artillery and other heavy weaponry from the strategic positions of Mount Gerakasu.
It appears that there were civilian casualties in Alamata town. Hundreds of civilians are reportedly massacred by TPLF as its forces march further south.
Mesenbet Assefa, who is an Assistant Professor of Law at Addis Ababa University School of Law, said he is confused that the Ethiopian government seems to be unable or unwilling to protect civilians in Alamata and the surroundings of Raya.
He tweeted, “…Government seems unable or unwilling to protect my home town, Alamata and the surroundings in Raya from these terrorists. We demand an explanation of what is gong on there? My God Protect our People! Government has a responsibility to provide information.”
Dejene Assefa, an activist who is from Alamata town, on Monday said “TPLF is currently firing on the town of #Alamata (my hometown) with heavy artilleries from Mount Gracasu. Two innocents killed, & Trinity Church partially damaged. Whereas in Bala & Chercher towns, hundreds of innocent people of Raya Massacred today by TPLF.”
In a report published on Monday, Reuters quoted TPLF spokesperson, Getachew Reda, to report that TPLF forces controlled Korem town, which is about 170 kilometers south of Mekelle.
North Gondar Zone Government Communication on Monday shared a mobilization decree calling for all armed residents in the region, government or otherwise, to stand up to reverse a move by the TPLF forces.
The TPLF war in the north-west and South Tigray region of Ethiopia came at a time when the route was opened for humanitarian activities. WFP trucks carrying “food and humanitarian aids” are said to have arrived in Mekelle on Monday.
Ethiopia State of Emergency Fact Check Task Force, a Federal Government body tasked to share information about the situation in the Tigray and other parts of the country where there are security incidents, has not yet released any information regarding the new security development in the Northern parts of Ethiopia.
The government declared a unilateral ceasefire at the end of June this year which the TPLF rejected as “a joke. “
Meanwhile, there are also reports that resurging rebel activities in the Benishangul Gumuz regions of Ethiopia in the past two days have claimed at least the lives of 14 civilians.
The Federal government has been linking the killings and armed group activities in the region to the TPLF and unspecified external forces – which many seem to relate to Egypt.