ETHIOPIA DECLARES VICTORY AS MILITARY TAKES TIGRAY CAPITAL

Nov 29, 2020

By Jeremy Logan

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Ethiopia’s army says the military has gained “full control” of the capital of the defiant Tigray region, and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared the taking of Mekele as marking the “completion” of the offensive that started nearly four weeks ago.

The Tigray government said earlier Saturday that the city of a half-million people was being “heavily bombarded” in the military’s final push to arrest its leaders.

Abiy’s government has accused the leaders of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front who run the region of inciting unrest.

With communications cut to Tigray, it’s difficult to verify claims by the warring sides.

Millions of civilians have been plunged into a massive humanitarian crisis amid the fighting.

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