The former ruling party in Tigray said it took back control of the regional capital Mekele on Monday after Ethiopia’s federal government troops controlled the city for eight months. The Tigray Defense Forces (TDF) is “in control of Mekele and people are now dancing in the streets,” said Million Haileselassie, a DW correspondent based in the city. The TDF is the military wing of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) party, which ruled Tigray until being ousted by the federal government in November 2020. “Residents are celebrating in different parts of the city. Fireworks were seen in the sky, cars and motorcycles honking. I saw people in the streets waving regional Tigray flags, dancing, chanting, and singing,” Haileselassie told DW. The news agency Reuters also reported that after rebel forces surrounded the Martyrs’ Memorial Monument, some civilians entered the streets to celebrate. “The capital of Tigray, Mekele, is under our control," a spokesperson for the TPLF told Reuters. Earlier on Monday, residents reported seeing government soldiers pack up vehicles and withdraw from positions they held in Mekele. What has happened so far? Last week, the TDF launched a major offensive that coincided with Ethiopia’s highly anticipated national elections , which… Read full this story
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