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Ethiopia: Reported Intense fighting in North Wollo 

Images from November 2020 ( Reuters file via VOA Amharic)


There was intensive fighting between Ethiopian Forces and TPLF rebels in the North Wollo area of the Amhara region. It was in the Gobiye area – which is about 20 kilometers north of Wolida, the seat of the North Wollo zone administration, the battle was fought. 

The VOA Amharic service report on Wednesday cited what it called eyewitnesses from the Gobiye area who confirmed that the war is raging in the area. 

“The war was with heavy weaponry which is not the case today. Today it seems that the war is at a close distance as we have been hearing intense fighting with AK 47 and Bren machine guns,” one of the witnesses told VOA Amharic. 

Another eyewitness from the Alawuha area- which is only about 10 kilometers north of Woldia – who preferred to remain anonymous said that he heard intense fighting with heavy weaponry. But he said that the enemy is retreating to Gobiye. 

We are witnessing situations that civilians could not withstand, the witness added. 

The report is not verified by other sources. The Ethiopian government has been silent about the war. 

What is clear is that the TPLF, despite a false report by Aljazeera about one month ago of regional rebel forces in control of Woldia, is unable to make further advances to even control Gobiye. 

The fighting is underway on other fronts in Westm, from the Waghumra area and from Afar regions close to the Tigray area.  

On Wednesday, TPLF spokesperson Getachew Reda made claims, in a Twitter message, that Eritrean troops were attempting to engage what it calls Tigray’s defense Force from Berhale direction in the Afar region but it lost the battle. 

He even made claims that his forces annihilated five divisions of the army and that they had killed top Eritrean commanders – something with which Eritrean activists were laughing. Many Eritrean, and Ethiopian activists, were bluffing Getachew Reda’s claims. 

It was not too long ago when he was making complaints that the Eritrean forces were shelling Adigrat city with heavy artillery. 

As always, the Eritrean government did not even bother to respond to Getachew Reda’s claim. 

Much of the information about the state of the war comes from Getachew Reda when he tweets about it or when he has a presser with Tigray TV journalists. 

Mainstream media in the west seem to be abandoning the habit of glorifying TPLF “military victory” too. 

Not much is definitively known about the war but there are indications that the TPLF is slowly losing military and political ground. Some even predict its demise as a designated terrorist group. 

 In a holiday message for Meskel, the Prime Minister said that “the hand stretched for peace is not yielding results.”


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  1. What PM Abiy, Brother Isaias and many of you here among us don’t know or even refuse to accept the fact is Debre and entire riff raffs are gold race and naturally bullet proof. I have the proof right here in my crib. My homeboy Debre had sent me a video clip which proves he is bulletproof. You can a bullet fired from AK47 and Bren racing at him at a bull’s eye and suddenly rolling down his chest just like feathers plucked from a swan. I have the video and am chillin’ with it. Wait it a minute. I just got a text from my other hommie Getachew. He told me his ‘Government of Tigray’ forces just killed 276,000 Eritrea soldiers and 657,000 soldiers from Abiy’s army. There were goose egg casualties from his side except a few hundreds were treated for blisters on the index finger they got from nonstop pulling of the triggers on their guns. He told me this time there is nothing that will stop his indomitable army from marching into Addis/Finfine and Asmara by October 15. Yes he told me by October 15 but was not specific which year. It could mean 2022 or year 5999. He left me guessing wildly by that.
    Hey Abiy and Brother Isaias! Just give up. You are fighting a bulletproof GOLD RACE!!! Just let him have it all!!! ‘Let him have it all’? O I get it!!!

  2. Amharas and Afar people and fighters, allow and let TPLF Criminals go straight to Arat Kilo and deal with OLF/ Shene ruthless Abiy regime that outwitted them in the most lies , deceits and cruelty. Do not hide, shield and lose your precious lives over OLF/Shene gang of criminals holding power by promoting Genocide, looting and misery.

    Without the Fanno and Afar fighters there will be no OLF/Shene ruthless greedy regime slaughtering Amharas. All the weapons means nothing without the support of the population. Shene by itself will never be able save Abiy Ahmed or Shimeles Abdissa. Derg lost and fled because no one wanted to fight for that repressive and blood thirsty regime.

    Mendacious Abiy right now is drunken by new power and looted money. He cannot buy enough expensive clothing’s and accessories that he never saw in his village hut life.
    He is now in love with himself and dreaming of living in a big Palace like a King as his master the President of UAE Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The President of UAE is also the supplier of spy equipment’s, technology, trainer aka UAE’s interventionist in foreign policy.

    Now it all explains why Qatar Airline exclusively was flying full with young men and women Oromos who clearly came from small villagers. Which is not to offend any Oromo but for coming to final decision to never to travel in Qatar Airlines ever again because how difficult it was to keep in line, sit and breath in that plane that flew from and to Doha and Addis Ababa.

    Let the Servant of TPLF, OLF/Shene Abiy Ahmed and Shimeles Abdissa gang of criminals fight with their masters and creators TPLF gang of criminals.
    Let OLF/Shene gang of Criminals who have no clue of governing but spewing hate and false news learn that they cannot exist by hiding behind the gallant Amahara Fanno fighters and Afar fighters.


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