Ethiopian forces take control of capital of Tigray region

Ethiopian forces have taken “full control” of Mekelle, the capital of the restive Tigray region, ending a three-week military conflict

Berhanu Jula, Deputy chief of staff & military operations

(Bloomberg) — The military has gained control of the airport, public institutions and regional administrative offices, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said in a statement. The armed forces also secured the Northern Command military camp, releasing thousands of Ethiopian soldiers held captive by the military force loyal to the Tigrayan ruling party.

“The main operation is successfully concluded,” Abiy said on Twitter. “We now have ahead of us the critical task of rebuilding what has been destroyed; repairing what is damaged; returning those who have fled, with utmost priority of returning normalcy to the people of the Tigray region.”

The army began an incursion into Tigray on Nov. 4, after Abiy accused the TPLF of attacking the Northern Command base to steal weapons. The TPLF, once the predominant power in Ethiopia’s ruling coalition, has been progressively sidelined since Abiy took office in 2018.

Abiy on Thursday ordered his troops to attack Mekelle after a deadline for the regional forces to surrender had expired and heavy artillery pounded the city on Saturday. The whereabouts of the TPLF leadership remained unclear. Federal police will now continue their task of apprehending TPLF leaders, Abiy said.

“Abiy will not be able to arrest TPLF’s members,” TPLF leader Debretsion Gebremichael said by text message earlier on Saturday. “They will die with their belief. Give in? You have to understand we’ll continue fighting as long as they are in our land.”

The hostilities have triggered a humanitarian crisis across Tigray, with tens of thousands of people displaced and food, cash and fuel shortages now widespread, and the government is facing mounting international pressure to de-escalate the conflict. There are no accurate figures of the number of people who’ve died in the fighting. The violence also spilled beyond Ethiopia’s borders.

Tigray forces sent several rockets toward Asmara, the capital of the neighboring Eritrea, late on Friday, three foreign diplomats with knowledge of the attack said. The U.S. Embassy in Eritrea said in a statement on its website that “a loud noise, possibly an explosion, was heard in Asmara, likely emanating from outside the city” at 8:24 p.m. local time.


  1. Bling ring!!! Blingring!!
    My phone is ringing off the hook!
    Would everyone of you just shut up! My phone is ringing! There is no name on the caller ID though. It must be an overseas call! Blingring, blingring, blingring!

    Hello! Who is this? May be it is from one of my Taiwanese friends. Wei! Wei! No answer!
    Hello! Who is this?
    Hi Ittu! It is me Debre!
    Hi Debre! Hayudoin?
    Not bad, not good!
    What happened? I heard you are winning the war!
    No exactly. We are winning but not exactly.
    What do you mean exactly?
    Well Jula and his soldiers are in town. I can hear their voice and footsteps. That is the most terrifying noise I’ve have heard my entire life.
    Why are you calling me now? You should be busy hiding, running away. I tell you that Jula and Abiy turned out to the incarnate of Dinagde, Tekle of Gojjam, Mikaeel of Barentu, Mengesha of Tigre, Omar Samatar of Somali, Ali Mirah of Afar and 80 other patriots from the Battle of Adwa all rolled into one!
    Well I know that now. The reason I am calling is if you can locate the ten digits of the new Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and my old pal Susannah!
    No I don’t have their numbers?
    How about Juliani?
    You mean Rudy Giuliani?
    I’m sorry I don’t have his number either!
    O’ grief! They are right outside my front door!
    Who else? Jula’s soldiers! Let me go to the washroom. My stomach has been very sour lately! O’ my god! Don’t shoot! I am the golden race! I can make you a golden race too! Don’t shoot please! Please, please, I am begging you! Down on my knees!!! Please don’t shoot!!!
    And the phone got rudely cut off! Them rascals!!! Poor Debre! He forgot what his father told him when he was a young boy. Don’t pick a fight when you know you get embarrassingly kicked in the $$$.

    Ok everyone, you can go back talking now. I’ve finished talking to Fugitive Debre!!! It’s over!
    Instead, I want you all to stand up and sing along with me the following to the tune of America The Beautiful!!!

    Ethiopia, Ethiopia may God thy gold refine
    ‘Til all success be nobleness
    And every gain divined
    And you know when I was in school
    We used to sing it something like this, listen here
    Oh beautiful, for spacious skies
    For amber waves of grain
    For purple mountain majesties
    Above the fruited plain
    But now wait a minute, I’m talking about
    Ethiopia, sweet Ethiopia
    You know, God done shed his grace on thee!!!!

    Thank you! Thank you! Take a bow, patriots! It is a bright shinning day!!!

  2. This is from BBC and Reuters field reporters.

    The powerful army of Chairman Debre has just overrun the federal capital of Addis Ababa and is in full control of the country. Their northern advance is also nothing but success as they have entered the capital of the former country of Eritrea, Asmara. Confirmed reports have also reached our news desk that both PM Abiy and President Isaias are in custody along with Jula and 5.5 millions soldiers from both countries. Effective today there will be no country called Eritrea. Today is the end of the country called Ethiopia also. Today is the day when a brand new sovereign country called The People’s Republic of Axumia is founded with its Golden Race central committee government and Comrade Debre as its chairman for life. Hello, this is BBC reporting! Hello, this Reuters reporting!!!

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