Ethiopia seizes town in Tigray, says 10,000 prisoners missing

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(Reuters) — Ethiopian forces have liberated a town in the northern Tigray region, the government’s emergency taskforce said late on Sunday, accusing local leaders of taking 10,000 prisoners from the town as they fled.

Tigray forces fired rockets into neighbouring Eritrea on Saturday, escalating a 13-day conflict which has killed hundreds on both sides, and threatens to destabilise other parts of Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa.

“As the TPLF (Tigray’s ruling party) militia were defeated in Alamata, they fled taking along around 10,000 prisoners,” the government’s taskforce said on Twitter.

With access restricted and most communications down in Tigray, Reuters could not independently verify assertions made by all sides.

There was no immediate comment from Tigray’s leaders on the events in Alamata, a town near the border with Amhara regional state, about 120 km (75 miles) from Tigray’s capital Mekelle.

The US State Department’s top diplomat for Africa, Tibor Nagy, denounced the attacks by Tigrayan forces on Eritrea, calling them “efforts to internationalize the conflict” in Tigray.

Debretsion Gebremichael, Tigray’s regional president, has accused Eritrea of sending tanks and thousands of troops into his region in support of the Ethiopian government’s offensive.

Eritrea’s Foreign Minister Osman Saleh Mohammed told Reuters last week that his country was not involved in the conflict.

Abiy launched the campaign in Tigray on Nov. 4 after accusing local forces of attacking federal troops based in the northern state, which borders Eritrea and Sudan and is home to some 5 million people.

Fighting spread into Ethiopia’s Amhara state, whose local forces are fighting with federal troops in Tigray. Late on Friday, rockets were fired at two airports in Amhara in what the TPLF said was retaliation for government air strikes.

The government says the strikes aim to destroy equipment controlled by insurgent Tigray forces.

At least 20,000 Ethiopians have fled into Sudan, the United Nations said on Sunday.

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  1. Now the thugs and their running dogs along with some of their house niggers who they recruited from my proud and patriotic Oromos are using the scare tactics on the world opinion telling everyone that this battle for law and order will spread to wreak havoc on the entire Horn of Africa. Just think about it. The law enforcing campaign is directed against a small bunch of hoodlums who successfully kowtowed the people of a small area of the country itself. These fear mongers are presenting the campaign as a war of biblical proportion as if the Swahili speaking Kenyan loves Debre and his goon so much that he is gonna rebel against his own government. These paid faceless university orphans are presenting Debre and his thugs as someone so worshiped by the people of Djibouti, Eritrea, Sudan, Kenya, Somalia, Puerto Rica, Minnesota, the entire Asia and South Sudan. Tell that to that patriot from Ogaden. He knows what these thugs did to him not too long ago. It seems VOA has joined the choir singing the pending doomsday for that gem of the colored. Such media outlets are talking about the refugees who crossed into Sudan more than those who were literally butchered at the hands of savages incited by Debre and his goons. Let me put it for you this way. Let’s say a group of my Oromos butchered another group of non Oromos and I did not do anything to stop it. Then soldiers that comprised of different groups descended on the town. Do you expect me to run or will I have the courage to stick around? Heck no!!! I will be shaking in my boots just what these soldiers might do to me after they are so enraged by what they see. Then I will run as fast as I can even though there is no hint that the soldiers will do any harm to me. That is a dead giveaway!!! That is what we may be seeing now in Sudan. They know what they did or they did not do. They might have been jumping thru the skies at the sight of innocent job seekers being hacked and knifed to death. Expect to see some of the butchers of Mai-Kadra massacre as ‘political’ refugees soon at the neighborhood near you. They are being assured their safety by the PM, Foreign Minister and the entire military leaders of the old country if these so-called refugees want to return to their homes and I believe them. But I don’t think they will decide to come back because they smell resettlement in Lexington, Flint, Staffordshire, Minnesota, some joints in Down Under and Sunny California.

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