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Ethiopia: Capturing the strategic cities of Dessie and Kombolcha would change the war?

The state of war seems to make Ethiopia another Yugoslavia in the Horn of Africa.

The genocide in Tigray is the largest genocide in the Horn of Africa in the last century, except the genocide perpetrated by the regime of Mohamed Siad Barre against the Issaq people in the present republic of Somaliland in 1988.

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Addis Ababa(ANN)-The Federal Government of Ethiopia says its forces have recaptured the strategic towns of Dessie and Kombolcha in the Amhara region of northern Ethiopia.

According to the government, it was the biggest victory in a battle a month ago in the strategic towns of Dessie and Kombolcha, after TDF fighters from northern Tigray region took control of those towns.


The historic city of Dessie and its second largest city, Kombolcha, which connects trade and industry, was taken over by government forces, according to its Twitter account on Monday.


Ethiopian state media quoted Prime Minister Abiy as saying that the Tigray forces had suffered “heavy casualties and could not withstand the revolt of the allied forces. The enemy will be defeated and victory will continue,” he said.


TPLF spokesman Getachew Reda did not respond to claims of government victory, but earlier spoke of their plans for the towns, saying in a brief tweet: “We have left North Shoa, Kombolcha and Dessie which part of our plan. ”

Getachew Reda, added, “There was no organized unit to ‘liberate’ those towns and the locals know it, General Abiy knows.”
Things are going according to plan. The rest is just a circus. ” That said, Gatachow Reda.

There is no independent media that can accurately report on the situation in Ethiopia and the battlefields, only international and local media outlets have reported on the government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed since last week. were on the front lines of the battle.


It was on Wednesday that the government announced that its forces had recaptured the historic city of Lalibela, previously recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Site, which had fallen to Tigrean militants in August.


Meanwhile, in a statement issued on Sunday, TPLF leader Debretsion Gebremichael denied that the government was making significant gains, saying that the Tigrayan army was undertaking reforms and a war strategy as a territorial strategy, so still they are invincible.


Martin Plaut, a senior researcher at the University of London, told Al Jazeera that the recapture of Dessie and Kombolcha would be “very important”.


“The Tigreans were pushed far away, they were pushed back to the towns and villages they fought hard to capture, they lost fighters when they took control,” he said.


Meanwhile, William Davison, a senior Ethiopian analyst and member of the International Crisis Group (ICG), told Al Jazeera that the government has stepped up its use of drones and is mobilizing new recruits for the national army. , which he said has increased pressure on Tigrayan forces.


“This really happened on the target lines of the Tigrayan logistics route, and it means they have given up that ambitious ambition,” he said.

Davison said government forces will try to push their enemy back into Tigray, but that is not easy to say.
“It is certain that the Tigrayan rulers and leaders have shown a lot of confidence in their position. So they would not be surprised if they made the decision.”


“While these setbacks, they are able to recover, unfortunately that means this war will continue for a long time,” he added.
At the end of October this year, the TDF captured the towns of Dessie and Kombolcha, which has attracted a lot of international attention, and then headed for the capital, Addis Ababa.


Tigay fighters had planned to block the supply of landlocked Ethiopian food supplies from the port of Djibouti, but weeks of deadly fighting have taken place there, with the government doing what it can.


This has created fears over the past two weeks that the Tigray fighters will march on Addis Ababa, prompting many countries, including the United States, France, the United Kingdom and others, to call on their citizens to do so as soon as possible to leave Ethiopia.


But military support for drones and other military equipment has reached the government, with Al Jazeera’s international reports showing that Turkey, Iran, China and the UAE have played a key role in air strikes. Tigray fighters there were flocking to the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Coalition support encouraged Prime Minister Abiy to wear a uniform on the battlefield, along with airstrikes, helped the morale of the army, changed the course of war in Tigray, and explained the need for the Tigreans to withdraw their troops. Strategic cities captured by war, but it is predicted that in terms of combat experience and expertise in insurgent warfare their fighters are not as playful and as they claim they have already strategically withdrawn from strategic locations in captured in October 2021, such as the key cities of Kombolcha and Dessie.


Fighting broke out in Ethiopia in November 2020, after federal government forces backed by the Amhara and Eritrean government forces seized Makelle, the capital of Tigray region.


Fighters from the Tigray army retreated during the period, and a few months later surprisingly recaptured most of their Tigray region.


The TPLF, a rebel group with extensive experience in fighting, in June 2021, took full control of the Mekelle regional capital, and then expanded into neighboring Amhara and Afar regions.


The fighting has killed thousands of people, displaced more than two million, and led to genocide, rape and other atrocities against the Tigraya community, which has shaken the world.

READ: Ethiopia: Waves of Ethnic Genocide


The genocide in Tigray is the largest genocide in the Horn of Africa in the last century, except the genocide perpetrated by the regime of Mohamed Siad Barre against the Issaq people in the present republic of Somaliland in 1988.

At a time when fighting is intensifying, it is to be expected that other people will be massacred there, as the case may be.

READ MORE: The Somaliland genocide or Holocaust


Prime Minister Abay’s government has imposed sanctions on Tigray, cut off all communications, and neglected medical care and food aid to the region, denying access to aid supplies to help the people of Tigray.


Hundreds of thousands of people are currently on the brink of starvation, according to the United Nations, and the fighting appears to have worsened a few months ago.


All diplomatic efforts to end the conflict have failed, and the diplomatic corridor has been closed, so the fighting now appears to be back, and its impact is being felt across the region, as Ethiopia lives, more so. one hundred million of the eighty ethnic groups. is poor, and the state of war seems to make Ethiopia another Yugoslavia in the Horn of Africa.

READ: Ethiopia is a path of ethnic warfare and is on the path of the Collapsed Yugoslavia

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