TPLF forces and militias are abandoning their trenches
Today’s statement by General Berhanu Jula
TPLF Abandons Slehleka
18 Nov 2020 – (EP) TPLF forces have abandoned Slehleka town after a heavy pounding from the advancing Ethiopian National Defense Forces, a source tells Eritrean Press.Slehleka town is 35 km from Aksum City.
The town was the center of heavy fighting between the 604th Army Corps of the Derg’s Third Revolutionary Army and rebels during the Battle of Shire.Earlier this week, the Ethiopian army has liberated Shire city from the rebellious TPLF group.
Ethiopian Troops Advancing on Tigray’s Capital
Ethiopian federal troops are closing in on Tigray’s capital of Mekelle, Redwan Hussein, the government spokesperson for the state of emergency task force, told CNN on Wednesday.
As the fighting between Ethiopian and Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) soldiers rages in the region for a second week, Redwan said that national defense forces have now taken control of Shire, northwest of Mekelle, and Alamata, south of the city.
“They are closing in but it will take about 100-200 km from several directions,” the spokesman said.
The Ethiopian government says TPLF forces destroyed four bridges on the road to Mekelle to stop national forces from advancing.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched a military offensive in the restive Tigray region on November 4 after accusing its ruling party, the TPLF, of attacking a federal army base in the northern region, which borders Eritrea and Sudan.
After announcing that it was “at war” with the TPLF, the federal army has since stepped up its military offensive, carrying out air strikes as part of Prime Minister and Nobel laureate Abiy’s “law enforcement operation,” which has led to clashes across the area.
Airstrikes near Mekelle are targeting military installations and no civilians have been killed, “as far as we know,” said Redwan. He accused TPLF forces of sheltering military equipment in schools, mosques and churches.
He provided no evidence to support the claim and CNN has been unable to able to verify due to a blackout on communications in the region.
Vow to fight on
Leaders in Tigray are refusing to surrender in the face of the alleged gains by the Ethiopian military.
In a statement posted by the TPLF on Facebook Wednesday, Tigrayan leaders vowed that “the people of Tigray will never kneel down to actions of aggressors,” as Abiy said that the deadline for them to surrender had expired.
“Tigray is now a hell to its enemies,” the statement read, claiming “remarkable victories” on the battlegrounds, directly contradicting the government claims. The Tigrayan leaders also accused federal forces of killing innocent civilians while targeting churches and homes.
The government has denied targeting civilians and CNN has not been able to verify claims from either parties due to the communications blackout.
Hundreds of thousands of people in western Tigray have been displaced while internet, electricity and banking services continue to be shut down, the statement said. It added that since the fighting began, Tigray forces have managed to capture enemy tanks and heavy artillery.
Arrest Warrants Issued For 76 Generals, High Ranking Military Officers, Subordinate Over Treason
November 18, 2020 (FBC) – In a press release sent to FBC, the Federal Police Commission announced that arrest warrant has been issued for 76 General Officers, High Ranking Military Officers and Sub-ordinate military personnel over treason.
It is to be recalled that the nation issued arrest warrant for high ranking officials of the TPLF Junta who involved in the atrocious attack on the Northern Command of the National Defence Force and perpetration to dismantle the nation on November 12, 2020.
Likewise, in development decision to seize the perpetrators of the treason, the country has today issued an arrest warrant for the renegade high ranking military officials ranging from general to subordinate officers.
Police has been undertaking tight follow up investigations to capture bring to justice the military personnel and other criminals who have allegedly involved in the treachery against sovereignty of the nation.
List of the retired and active military officers charged with treason and perpetration to dismantle the constitution and the constitutional order include:
Distinguishing TPLF from the People of Tigray
The Federal Government of Ethiopia reaffirms its commitment to uphold the rule of law, its resolve to bring unlawful perpetrators to justice and denounces, in the strongest of terms, mis-characterizations that this operation has an ethnic or other bias.
Make no mistake the current law enforcement operations in Tigray target primarily the disgruntled, reactionary and rogue members of the TPLF clique that have been destabilizing Ethiopia.
As such, the Federal government intends to put an end to the deadly crime spree of this group within TPLF, which has also affected the people of the Tigray region.
The people of Tigray will be the first to benefit from an operation that works towards a community based on the rule of law, freedom, unity and democracy. Our vision for Ethiopia is a that of a multinational society, where the many ties that bind us make it possible to cherish our diversity while upholding our unity.
Our common heritage and destiny is strong enough to overcome the threat posed by the divisive, sinister and toxic machinations of the TPLF clique.
TPLF Army: “Mekele, We Have A Problem!”
18 Nov 2020 – (EP) TPLF forces and militias are abandoning their trenches and feeling to Mekele due to a lack of logistic food supply, a source tells Eritrean Press.
“The TPLF soldiers are suffering from a number of problems including the lack of direct communication with superiors in Mekele and fuel shortage that has put greater pressure on the logistic system,” said the source.
The source added that Mekele has failed to solidify and strength the defeated and demoralised ‘special force’ and militia, therefore “pitting the weak, hungry and leaderless combatants against each other.”