Ethiopian gov’t warns against misinformation as at least 550 TPLF fighters killed

General Berhanu Jula

General Berhanu Jula, Deputy chief of staff & military operations division head of the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF)

ADDIS ABABA, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) — The Ethiopian government has warned against a large scale misinformation campaign by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) as the TPLF loses major battle grounds in the ongoing war with the Ethiopian Defence Force.

Since the early hours of Nov. 4, the Ethiopian government had been undertaking military operations against the TPLF, the ruling party in Ethiopia’s northernmost Tigray region and now in an official war against the federal government that followed TPLF’s reported attack against the Northern command of the Ethiopian Defense Force, a division that has been stationed in the region for over two decades.

On late Tuesday, state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC) quoted senior Ethiopian army officials that about 550 members of the extremist militant group have been killed so far in the western part of Tigray as part of the Ethiopian Defense Force’s law enforcement operation.

Noting that the some 29 TPLF fighters have been arrested on Tuesday alone, it also reported that the group is said to be suffering heavy loss of military artilleries.

Meanwhile, Ethiopia’s Minister of Defense, Kenea Yadeta, told reporters that TPLF is undertaking a widespread misinformation campaign as the Ethiopian Defence Force advances across major strategic towns and places in various battle grounds in the region.

According to the minister, the group is in particular disseminating false information wrongly accusing the Ethiopian army of targeting the Tigray people as well as infrastructure facilities in the region, which is in contrary to the fact that the TPLF clique and its fighters are the army’s only target.

The Ethiopian government has been blaming the TPLF, which was one of the four coalition fronts of Ethiopia’s former ruling party the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), for masterminding various treasonous acts across different parts of the country with an overarching goal of destabilizing the East African country.

Three of the former four EPRDF coalition members had last year joined other regional parties in establishing the Prosperity Party, as the TPLF refused to join.

The mounting differences between the federal government and TPLF exacerbated in September this year, when the Tigray regional government decided to go with its planned regional elections, which the Ethiopian parliament had previously postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

On Tuesday, the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed had emphasized that the ongoing military operations in the country’s Northernmost Tigray region are “proceeding as planned.”

“Our law enforcement operations in Tigray are proceeding as planned,” the Ethiopian PM said, as he emphasized that the ongoing military operations “will cease as soon as the criminal junta is disarmed, legitimate administration in the region restored, and fugitives apprehended and brought to justice – all of them rapidly coming within reach.”

Ahmed’s remarks came as the Ethiopian army on Sunday and Monday announced major achievements against the TPLF fighters across various towns and areas in the Tigray regional state.

The Ethiopian PM’s comments also came amid the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat’s call on Tuesday, as he urged the warring parties in Ethiopia to respect human rights and ensure the protection of civilians.

“The Chairperson reaffirms the AU’s firm attachment to the constitutional order, territorial integrity, unity and national sovereignty of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to ensure stability in the country and in the region,” the chairperson of the pan African bloc said, as he emphasized that the AU is following “with concern the escalation of military confrontation in Ethiopia.”

Mahamat also appealed for the “immediate cessation of hostilities and calls on parties to respect human rights and ensure the protection of civilians.”

He further urged the parties to engage in dialogue to seek a peaceful solution in the interests of the country.

The Chairperson also reiterated the continued readiness of the AU to support an inter-Ethiopian effort in the pursuit of peace and stability.

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  1. This is the latest from the home front. I just got off the phone talking to the emancipator of all of us Chairman Debre. I am not sure if I told you this but Chairman Mao, am sorry, Chairman Debre go way back when we growed up together in the land of the ‘golden’ race. I was not born to the ‘golden’ race but the rusty ones. He was 5 yrs old when I was 12. I was looking for him for the last 7 days to hear from him about the latest. I rang him in Mekele, Adwa, Axum and many towns in the land of the ‘golden’ race but he was nowhere to be found. Finally when I got hold of him he was just a few miles from the center of Addis/Finfine. He told me that the entire armed forces of Abiy, 5 millions of them, have surrendered and laid down their arms. PM Abiy and his entire administration have conceded defeat. When I talked to him Chairman Debre is putting the final touches to the instrument of surrender for Abiy to sign. I asked him how he managed to shoot down every fighter jet of Abiy. He told me his secret weapon that he does not want me to tell anyone of you here. Laser gun! That is right, laser guns! His ‘golden’ race has developed a laser gun weapon that even USA has not developed yet with hyper-sonic speed and 1000% accuracy on targets. That is right! Not even 100% but 1,000% accurate. He personally shot down 100 SU-35’s, 150 F16’s and 250 Mirages of the PM Abiy’s air force right from his living room in Mekele. So folks, the war is over and you will hear Chairman Debre making the following proclamation first thing this coming Monday November 16, 2020 from Addis/Finfine. You are ordered to stand up in attention when Chairman Debre makes the declaration. Me? I am gonna stay here in my crib just chillin’. He goes:

    Dear comrades! Today November 16, 2020, I hereby declare the formal establishment of the People’s Republic of Tigray and its Central People’s Government! The following regions will be ruled as vassal states because their peoples are all disposable rust buckets. They are Amhara, Oromia, Afar, Somalia and the rest. When you all wake up tomorrow morning you will find a river of milk and honey flowing just outside your front doorstep. Beginning today Let Hundreds/Thousand Flowers Bloom!!! Let’s Do The Great Leap Forward!!! Let The Workers of The World Unite!!! We Are Now a Well Developed and Socialist state ‘which hears and listens to itself’, Let the First Era of Communism Shine In the Motherland/Fatherland People’s Republic of Tigray!!! Death to Imperialism!!! Yankees Go Home!!!

    Laser guns? That’s deep, bro!!!!

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