Ethiopia’s former FM amongst three Tigray leaders killed in crackdown on area

    Former international minister of Ethiopia Seyoum Mesfin was among the many three leaders killed by authorities forces within the ongoing crackdown on the northern area of Tigray, which the authorities in Addis Ababa accused of rebel.

</p><div><p>Seyoum, Abay Tsehaye, Asmelash Woldeselassie and Colonel Kiros Hagos had been killed “<em>in hearth exchanges undertaken with the legal clique’s private safety”</em> after refusing to give up to the Ethiopian army, the federal government’s disaster middle tweeted on Wednesday.</p><div class="rtcode"><blockquote class="twitter-tweet lazyload" data-twitter="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Refusing to give up to ENDF, Seyoum Mesfin, Abay Tsehaye, Asmelash Woldeselassie &amp; Col Kiros Hagos have been killed in hearth exchanges undertaken with the legal clique’s private safety. 5 key TPLF affiliated former military commanders have been apprehended.</p>— Ethiopia State of Emergency Reality Test (@SOEFactCheck) <a href="">January 13, 2021</a></blockquote></div><p>5 <em>“key”</em> officers of the Tigray Individuals's Liberation Entrance (TPLF) had been captured in the identical operation, the federal government mentioned.

Over the weekend, the federal government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed mentioned it had killed 15 members of the TPLF and captured eight extra, whereas one of many get together’s founders, Sebhat Nega, was reportedly captured final week.

Seyoum was the primary international minister of federal Ethiopia, following the 1991 overthrow of Mengistu Haile Mariam’s army dictatorship. He left the submit in 2010 to function Ethiopia’s ambassador to China.

The TPLF had declared Abiy’s authorities illegitimate after he postponed the elections in June 2020, citing coronavirus issues. 

After months of tensions, Abiy launched the army operation to “liberate” Tigray in early November 2020, declaring a six-month state of emergency that gave him intensive powers to crack down on “unlawful actions that threaten the constitutional order.” He accused the regional authorities of attacking a military base, which the TPLF denied.

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Ethiopian forces encompass Tigray area capital forward of give up deadline

By November 23, Abiy’s authorities mentioned that its forces had surrounded the regional capital of Mekelle with troops and tanks, and given the “rebels” 72 hours to give up. Anybody who selected to stay within the metropolis after the deadline expires could be proven “no mercy,” army leaders instructed native media.

In the meantime, the PM tweeted that the “security and well-being of the folks of Tigray is of paramount significance to the Federal authorities,” which is able to “do all that’s essential to make sure stability prevails” and that “our residents are free from hurt and need.”

Outdoors media, humanitarian organizations or outdoors observers haven’t been allowed into the area, and telephone and web traces have been down for months now.

The Tigrayans had refused to cooperate with the central authorities since 2018, when Abiy – an intelligence officer and an ethnic Oromo from central Ethiopia – turned prime minister. They claimed the brand new authorities was singling them out for political persecution and purges.

The TPLF was one of many main factions within the Ethiopian Individuals’s Revolutionary Democratic Entrance (EPRDF), which overthrew Mengistu. Its chief, Meles Zenawi, was Ethiopia’s first president after which PM, ruling till his demise in 2012.

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