ADDIS ABABA (AFP) – Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has declared victory in his military operation in the northern region of Tigray, but there are clear signs that fighting persists despite a claimed return to normalcy. Mr Abiy launched the offensive last November against Tigray’s ruling party, which he accused of attacking federal army camps and seeking to destabilise the country. Within weeks, troops entered the regional capital of Mekele and Mr Abiy announced military operations were “completed”. But the government continues to give accounts of TPLF leaders slain in gun battles while the United Nations reports “insecurity” hampering aid access. And in recent weeks, satellite images, public statements from military and civilian officials in Tigray, and scattered accounts from residents have added to evidence of a conflict unfolding largely in the shadows. A communications blackout in much of Tigray means confirmable details remain scant. Region still ‘volatile’ When federal forces arrived in Mekele in late November, they encountered little resistance as the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) leadership appeared to have already fled. And a triumphant Mr Abiy claimed no civilians had been killed during the capture of Tigrayan cities. Doctors at one Mekele hospital told a different story… Read full this story
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