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Ethiopia Defence Force halt marching to Tigray region

Ethiopian forces will not continue to march to the Tigray region for now but the operation against Oromo Liberation Front (OLF)- Shane group will continue in central, western and south western Ethiopia 

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Legesse Tulu , Minister for Communication Affairs, during a press conference on December 23, 2021 (Photo credit : EBC)


The Ethiopian government on Thursday announced that the Defence Forces are ordered to halt advancing to the Tigray region of Ethiopia to which the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) forces retreated to after devastating military losses in the Afar and Amhara regions of Ethiopia. 

Minister for Government Communication Service, Legesse Tullu, told journalists in the capital Addis Ababa that “the first phase of operation for multinational national unity is completed.”

The Defence Force, Afar region special forces, Amhara region special forces and militia are given orders to remain in their military positions, according to the Minister. Unspecified as to how long Ethiopian Forces will remain in their current holdings. 

The decision has triggered speculation and discussion among Ethiopians on social media platforms. Some say there could be political or military considerations or both for the decision. 

Others Vehemently expressed opposition to the decision saying that it will give TPLF forces in the Tigray region to reorganise again and start launching an offensive in the neighbouring Amhara and Afar regions. 

Mr. Legesse said government decisions are informed by different factors which he did not specify. He, however, recalled the experiences of the Defence Force in the Tigray region where TPLF leaders exploited children and elders who were told to lie on the ground so as to obstruct the mobility of the Defence Force, for operational duties. 

The defence was obstructed not to withdraw from the region and finally attacked by the TPLF forces in November 2020 – a TPLF action that triggered the war. 

Furthermore, Mr. Legesse recalled that elders in the Tigray region preferred silence rather than condemning the attack on the Northern Command of the Ethiopian Defence Force. 

Not just that. The minister officially disclosed what happened after the Ethiopian Defence Force was forced to engage in a law enforcement operation. 

“Initially, there was cooperation with the defence force. But later the Defense Force was attacked from the back in the region,” he added. 

The order from the Ethiopian Defence Force not to advance to the Tigray region is informed by the need to avoid similar situation, according to Mr. Legesse. 

There seems to be more to the decision. The government wants to avoid engaging with TPLF leaders’ political plots. 

This week, unconfirmed reports on social media said the TPLF has transported tens of thousands of dead bodies of its fighters from the battles it lost in Afar and Amhara region.

TPLF’s action came after the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution to establish international experts to investigate rights abuse. 

Meanwhile, the Ethiopian government announced that operations against the Oromo Liberation Front -Shane group will continue. A few months ago, OLF-Shane and TPLF reached military partnership with the aim to march to the capital Addis Ababa – something that ended in fiasco despite support from western backers in the form of hybrid war. 

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  1. What a shame and lame excuse. After massacring in millions , raping, lootings and destroying Amhara and Afar people the government comes so quick to screech halt stop instead of going after every TPLF criminals that PM Abiy announced as a terrorist group. So what is PM Abiys motive becomes so questionable. It is the same “mistake” that gave a new breath to TPLF to come and invade Amara and Afar regions. TPLF will never stop to use this as another opportunity to come back with the help of its foreign plotters. TPLF and OLF are still a threat and enemy of Afar and Amhara people same as OLA that is let loose by Oromia region administration.

    Afar, Amhara, Southern, Somalia and all the peaceful people must come together and form a new alliance to assure and protect their safety since those tribal stale in time OLA and TPLF are not put under control.
    Amhara region officials, so called Youtubers and personalities known to sabotaging the widely respected Fano and Amhara militia and Amhara people straggle for economical and political freedom must be exposed, put to shame and removed.

    This war and plot is no longer unpredictable nor a secret to anyone. One year has taught every Ethiopian who is who and doing what. Everyone is paying attention and anticipates what would be the outcome. In all those human suffering and calamities to Afar and Amhara people Shimeles and Oromia region is not remembered sharing responsibilities let alone dismasting TPLF dog the Oromo OLF/A savage terrorists’ .

  2. What do you mean by ‘ordered to halt’? I heard ENDF has taken Alamata. The ones that stopped at the border are the allied militias from Afar, Amhara, Somalia and other regions. Even if the ENDF has also stopped at the borders it is a plausible move. But let’s not forget the fact that ENDF has the right and authority to be in any region of the country. Is Tigray now Djibouti, Eritrea or Sudan? Any Ethiopian citizen has the right to live in Tigray so does the ENDF. Am I missing something here? Hey Debre! Stop acting stupid and give those upright people a break from violence. Lay down your arms and sincerely apologize to the people of Ethiopia. They are so magnanimous Allah Blessed people. Whatever you have been doing did not work for you. Those foreigners who have been building up your egos are seen deflated now. Don’t forget one thing about them. They get high from watching one nigger killing another nigger! Your blood and others from Afar and Amhara regions is like a budding red rose for these veiled bigots/white supremacists. So stop it and mend your ways.

  3. Subject:” Ethiopia Defence Force halt marching to Tigray region”, by, December 23, 2021

    Humble Opinion, 24 Dec 2021
    It is commendable and farsightedness that the Ethiopian Military did not become an “EXCUSE” to continue the war for the benefit of ONE INDIVIDUAL with his ambition — regardless of the immense sacrifice upon the innocent humble human beings. What is being observed is a massacre of ordinary honest people at large for the benefit of a glory by a single hateful individual — because he lost the position of a PRIME MINISTERSHIP of the entire ETHIOPIA.!!! It is the ultimate cruelty upon innocent people.
    By the way, unsurprisingly, the old European colonialism and the present government of USA are delighted to see the the skirmish between two brotherly people. Colonialism of the past era, for the liquidation of Africans, is still alive with ‘modern’ interference for the liquidation of Africans by any means, including by Africans themselves upon Africans. In short, the discrimination and hatred against BLACK AFRICANS is still strong and vicious.

    Dear Black Africans: NEVER, NEVER FORGET THE REALITY PERPETRATED UPON YOU — AT ANY TIME. The cruelty purported upon black Africans has no parallel. THE END


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