The Ethiopian army announced this Sunday that it had “destroyed” a group of around 320 rebels trying to reach the Tigray region in the north of the country and the site of an offensive by Ethiopian and Eritrean forces against the US rebels Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TFLP); A conflict that Ethiopia ended, although there are still violent struggles.
The rebels came from Sudan and “some of them died in the streets of thirst, others were captured and those who refused to surrender were destroyed,” military spokesman General Tesfaye Ayalew said in a speech collected by BBC Africa on state television.
The fighters tried to penetrate through the town of Humera and wanted to meet with the leaders of the group that managed to escape the Ethiopian offensive. The operation confiscated weapons, satellite phones, and medicines for formation leaders.
The general also reported that the rebels had a “secret document” of a military agreement with Sudanese generals. Sudan has categorically rejected any action in Ethiopia in favor of the rebels.
The offensive in Tigray has sparked a very serious humanitarian crisis, allegedly against the Ethiopian and Eritrean armed forces for violating the human rights of the population.
Without going any further, the Ethiopian authorities confirmed this Monday that violations were committed by soldiers and police officers during the offensive. In this regard, 95 testimony had been collected and documentary evidence collected by the investigative team by May 3, while police recorded testimony from 116 victims of violations as part of the military offensive to capture the city of Axum in November.