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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