the federal army seizes Mékélé

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Three weeks after the start of the fighting, the leaders of Tigray seem to have chosen to withdraw from their capital.

Fleeing the fighting in Tigray, Ethiopians found refuge in the Um Raquba camp, opened in mid-November in Sudan. ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP

Addis-Abeba

“We have completed and ceased military operations in the Tigray region”, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced on Twitter on Saturday evening. After several hours of bombardment and artillery fire against Mékélé, the regional capital, he claims to have managed to take control of the airport, public institutions and local administration, which were previously in the hands of the Liberation Front. of the People of Tigray (FLPT).

The leaders of this political party supported by armed forces estimated at 250,000 men at the start of the fighting, on November 4, are defined by Abiy Ahmed as “Criminals” which destabilize the country in secret. After 16 years of guerrilla warfare, the FLPT led the ruling coalition in Ethiopia from 1991 to 2018. Its leaders accuse Abiy Ahmed of authoritarian drift and held their own regional elections in September.

Human losses

«It seems that the leaders and the Tigrayan forces carried out a strategic retreat

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