Ethiopia: Reports of renewed skirmishes from the Issa Somali militia in the Afar region

This Morning, In Rarayta doolul, Gabi Rasu (Zone 3) somali Issa terrorist militas had opened attacks on Afar pastoralists. Fightings had spread in other areas in Gabi Rasu. Ambuli and Dat hamad, Somali Issa terrorists has been blocking the roads by stopping the vehicles and preventing Afar civilians from going past these areas. This isn’t the first time, they have been blocking the roads and preventing vehicles from going past” (Qafar Xaagu, 18.05.2022).

Ibrahim Osman, Vice President ordered his clan militia in the Sitti zone to invade the Afar region less than a week after the Afar and Somali regions signed a peace deal. His purpose is to destabilize the country’s east and make President Mustafa Omar’s peace strategy seem bad” (Ridwaan claahi, 18.05.2022).

There is clear indication of new attacks from the Somali Region attacking the Afar Region. This has happened before. We have seen before the Issa Somali attacking Afar before and it happens yet again. It is really tragic and civilians are caught in the cross-fire.

Whoever ordering this insecurity and skirmishes is creating more bloodshed. This internal and civil war as the Afar region and Afar people defending their own territory. While Issa Somali comes with force and also blocking movement in the area too.

This is a worrying sign. The Afar region has been targeted from multiple sides and from every border. This region has actually been attacked from both Tigray region and from Djibouti with another Issa Somali miltia.

Therefore, this is just a continuation and we should wonder what sort of value this has for the rulers and war-lords of these militias. Since they are only causing harm and not able to annex or control the territory for long. It is only bleeding the region and damaging it for a short-term. This will not be a long-term attack or such. Sooner or later it will be depleted or be ordered to retreat. Peace.

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Ethiopia: Shabait defends the humanitarian assistance blockade of the Tigray region…

Today, the leaders of Asmara or Eritrea Ministry of Information (Shabait) published an article called “New TPLF Military Maneuver – Why? And for what purpose?” where Eritrea defends their mission and continues the vilification of the Tigray region in the name of Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). We know that the TPLF is a villain and a mortal enemy of the rulers of Asmara. They have fought over the Badme triangle and a bloody liberation war. Therefore, it is justified for Eritrea to claim some ills in the way the TPLF leadership did in the past. However, with time and withering of influence, the TPLF isn’t all that in 2022 and now Asmara is the villain instead.

They have been part of the Tripartite Alliance that invaded into the Tigray region to defeat and destroy TPLF, once and for all. The “Operation Law Enforcement” which was planned ahead of time. As the Federal Government had blocked budgets and government programs for Tigray region for some time ahead of invasion. Eritrea and Ethiopia was already in coordination about the warfare and the same was also the Amhara backers. They were all in it. So, it is interesting to reads these paragraphs from the Shabait in 2022.

The war has gone on and the humanitarian blockade in the Tigray region has caused a famine, starvation and existential crisis. The humanitarian blockade has silently taken lives and ensured the next season of crops not to grow on time. The Tigray region will be hurt for a long time and the lack of basic commodities will be detrimental for months. As there been 9 million who needed food aid and other basic services, which haven’t been accessible. Eritrea is now supporting this and instead of thinking of the civilians of Tigray. The Eritrean government would have preferred that they just dies.

Read it here:

In the Horn of Africa, the plan is to suppress the ray of peace and cooperation that emerged in 2018 and return the entire region to the chaos, instability and divisions they cause. The Western powers that are the TPLF’s mercenaries may not fully agree with these TPLF cliff-faced extremist and destructive goals. But since their undoubted desire is that their faithful servant, the tyrant, will continue to survive, it is clear that the TPLF’s plot has their blessing and support. They are rushing to deliver grain, medicine, fuel and other supplies in the name of relief before the war starts. We Eritreans – the people and the government – have never longed for war in our history. However, we have the right, national and human duty guaranteed by international law to defend our existence, freedom, sovereignty and dignity” (Shabait, 17.05.2022).

The Eritrean government is directly blaming the West and the donor nations for the World Food Programme and other United Nations Organizations to feed the starving, the ones who lack nutrition and who has not had food security for months. The movements of trucks and added convoys of humanitarian trucks is helping. Though it has been in small scales, but everything is better than nothing. While there is millions of people who are in need and in danger of dying. That should concern someone with a heart, but apparently that’s too much to ask from Asmara.

Asmara rather see Mekelle fall and every zone of Tigray left in rubble. Eritrea rather see every single Tigrayan suffer a pitiful death and silently die without food in their belly for months. That is what the Eritrean government wants for the Tigray region. This is really ruthless and heartless, it shows what Asmara is willing to do. They don’t care the innocent, the civilians or the non-combatants of Tigray. Everyone there is an enemy and deserve to suffer the consequences of it’s leadership. That is the message and the ones delivering aid is strengthening the TPLF and it’s war-effort. It is not saving lives and giving basic commodities to a people in need.

Only Eritrea has a right to freedom, sovereignty and dignity, Tigray on the other hand has no such rights. As they are not supposed to get food, shelter or nurture their wounds after months on end with conflict and humanitarian blockade, which has resulted in a destruction of the agricultural sector and destroyed all food security of the region.

Eritrea just shows what it is willing to do. As a way of defending their involvement in the war in Tigray. The ones believing that Eritrea has any sort of goodwill or concern for Tigray. Well, you are lying to yourself. A text like this just proves that and it’s grim. Because, the Eritrean have invaded, taken control of territory and done vicious war-crimes in Tigray. The massacres of Western Tigray and elsewhere is a proof of that.

Now, we know that the Eritrean government also defends a humanitarian blockade of the Tigray region. If that doesn’t send you chills down your spine. I don’t know what does, as a partner in the crimes of this war. They are vital for Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar who has done whatever it could to destroy and annihilate the Tigray region. Peace.

Ethiopia: Col. Demeke Zewdu calls on all Amhara to join the War in Welkait, Tigray

We call on you to stand with us in our struggle to defend from this invader group. Everyone who says they have accepted the invitation of Wolkayit Tegede Amhara Identity Reconstruction Committee will prepare a month’s ration and be ready for the quick call we will present at every house and kebele. There is no power on earth that can lower us from our Amhara identity” – Colonel Demeke Zewdu Ayele

The Chairman of the Wolkayit Tegede Amhara Identity Reconstruction Committee of the Welkait in Western Tigray is calling all Amhara people to join the war. He wants all Amhara to take up arms and prepare themselves for the conflict. The committee will ensure a months rations for the ones following up the call-up to arms.

He is writing that the Welkait woreda will soon be surrounded by the Tigray Defence Force, after the Amhara region has annexed it since the invasion of the Tigray region in November 2020. It is now speculated and rumours that TDF are starting to attack the Western Tigray. This means there are war-drums on the horizon, but not in Welkait-Tegende yet. It also shows the running tensions in the area.

Col. Zewdu claims the Tigray will send everyone from the age of 16 to 70 years old fight to fight in the conflict. That’s why everyone has to take to arms and be prepared. The Colonel wants everyone to fight for this land and reclaim it as Amhara territory. Because, the TDF will take away the freedoms and dignity of the Amhara. While it is Amhara that has annexed this land and is controlling of late.

The Chairman is inciting to more war and bloodshed. That is is the initial gist here. For months upon months there been reports of Eritrean Defence Force (EDF) and Amhara Para-Military Group “Fano” controlling Western Tigray. Therefore, he wants more civilians to participate and die in this war. That is the initial gist here.

He says the TDF will re-enter and take control of the Welkait woreda in a new invasion. However, the Tripartite Alliance did just that and they have lingered in vast parts of the Tigray region ever since. So, it is very strange that he says this. But a striking moment of time to say this, as the rumours of an TDF offensive to recapture its lost territories went viral yesterday.

We can say by all definitions… things are up, but we don’t what. What we do know is that the allies of Amhara and the officials, their heroes and whatnot like Col. Zewdu has no trouble to call to arms and further destruction of Tigray in the name of Amhara. That is very obvious and people should beware about just that. Peace.

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Ethiopia: Rumours – That the TDF is trying to reclaim Western Tigray

There are unverified reports that the Tigray Defence Force is attacking on two new fronts to be able to retake Western and Eastern Tigray from the siege of Eritrean Defence Force (EDF) and Amhara Para-Military Group “Fano”. However, that is yet to be confirmed.

This comes after last weeks reports of skirmishes from the EDF in the Badme triangle and at the Rama front as well. Therefore, the TDF could escalate, as they have retreated from Afar region and North Wollo of Amhara region.

The TDF is certainly trying to regain their territory here as the humanitarian truce is only letting meagre humanitarian convoys enter into the region. It is far from the amount of aid and food assistance the region needs.

The TDF could do this to ensure they have control and regains their lost territories, which has been besieged by the EDF and Fano. While there is no presence and no return of the Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF) of yet. Neither is there any reports of Regional Special Forces from other regions joining in like the past. Heck, the Republican Guards was part of the last “final offensive” and the “survival campaign”. Therefore, time will only tell, but this is game-changing.

As we do know the ENDF and the Federal Government is busy with warfare and a “final offensive” in Oromia to go after the Oromo Liberation Front/Army (OLF-OLA). Alas, that is a bloody affair as well.

Time will tell and if the unverified reports are true. However, we have to hear during the weekend and possibly the outcry from either Bahir Dar or Asmara. Because, Addis Ababa is busy with what is happening in Adama or Jimma for that matter. Peace.

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Ethiopia: Reports of Eritrean Forces attacking the Tigray region on two fronts now

The illegal government led by Fascist Abiy Ahmed Ali has opened a war in all directions. We have started a war in all directions to end it in a short time. We urge all peaceful people not to get involved in this war” (Agew Liberation Front, 09.05.2022).

And yet another conflict erupted between Eritrea and Tigray forces, at least on 2 fronts, Badme, and Rama. An exchange of heavy artillery continued for more than 6 hours on Sunday, 8 May” (Radio Erena, 09.05.2022).

The Tigray Media Network has today reported that Eritrean Defence Force (EDF) has entered Rama and fought at the border point of Rama. While the EDF has attacked from a second front at Badme as well. There been reports of 30,000 EDF soldiers around Rama, but already a loss of a 1000 EDF soldiers in Badme.

The Badme Triangle is already heavy contested and we know the Asmara wants their claims on this. That has been fought over for years and this is persistent with that. It has also been seen of late that Ethiopian Prime Minster Abiy been at gatherings and in public with the armed forces. As there been speculations of a return of these into the Tigray region.

There also unverified information that the Amhara Para-Military Group “Fano” has been re-directed and deployed outside the border regions of Amhara. In such a way for the Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF) to prepare for a new offensive. However, this is yet to be speculation.

While we know the Fano and EDF has continued to violate and continued their operation in Western Tigray, which they never left. In the meantime the Tigray Defence Forces has retreated from the Afar region and Amhara region, as stipulated by the Humanitarian Truce. However, the humanitarian organization and convoys has not come on the regular. There has only been 6 small consignments or convoys, which is barely enough to run the basic needs of the war-torn region. Therefore, everything is up for grabs, as the man-made famine and starvation is a persistent feature of the conflict.

If the EDF gets a foothold and ability to retake grounds. Then the Badme triangle could get annexed again and secondly the route to Adwa could be opened for them. However, that is only speculation. Just like the ENDF targeting the Tigray region from North Wollo and Amhara region. Time will only tell at this point, but this conflict seems to be far from over. As the humanitarian truce was only decreed to have time to rebuild and later destroy. Peace.

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