Ethiopian capital can overrun in “months, if not weeks”: rebels

Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, could be attacked by rebels within “months, if not weeks,” the Oromo group, which had allied with Tigrayan fighters, told AFP Wednesday. rice field.

The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which has fought the government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for a year, has recently claimed significant territorial expansion, along with its ally, the Oromo Liberation Front (OLA).

Odaa Tarbii, an OLA spokesman who advocates recent progress in the Oromia region around Amharic and Addis Ababa, calls his group a “natural conclusion” as his group intends to overthrow Abby’s government. is.

“If things go on in their current trajectory, we’re talking about months, if not weeks, of issues,” he said, referring to the OLA move in Addis Ababa.

Comments came hours after Ethiopia declared a national emergency on Tuesday and ordered Addis Ababa residents to prepare to protect their neighborhood.

In a statement released Wednesday, Abby accused the Rebel Alliance of trying to transform Ethiopia into Libya and Syria, adding that “they are ready to destroy the country-do not build it.” ..

He also urged civilians to support the war effort, saying, “Without our cooperation, victory over the threat posed by our enemies cannot be achieved.”

In an emergency, authorities may recruit “military-aged citizens with weapons” or suspend media that appear to “provide moral support directly or indirectly” to the TPLF. Can be done.

According to Fana, lawmakers were expected to approve the state of emergency on Wednesday.

TPLF spokesman Getachew Reda said Wednesday that the measure was equivalent to “a cult blanche to freely imprison or kill Tigrayans.”

“While the administration is on the verge of collapse, #Abby and his adjutant are unleashing terrorism with revenge,” he tweeted.

-Tigray airstrikes-

The federal government also announced a fresh airstrike on Tigray on Wednesday-the latest in an airstrike campaign that began last month.

The strike in the town of Adi Bukley targeted the TPLF’s “military training center,” according to government spokeswoman Seramawit Cassa.

He said Abby sent troops to Tigray a year ago in response to a TPLF attack on a military camp.

The 2019 Nobel Peace Prize laureates promised a swift victory, but by late June, rebels had regained most of Tigray and expanded to the neighborhoods of Afar and Amharic.

Recently, the TPLF has claimed control of two major cities in Amharic, about 400 km (250 miles) north of Addis Ababa.

The government has denied the TPLF’s claim to acquire territory, which, if confirmed, would be a major strategic step forward.

Many of northern Ethiopia are in a state of communication blackouts and access to journalists is restricted, making it difficult to individually verify battlefield claims.

The intensification of the conflict has warned the international community, and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and some Western nations are calling for an immediate ceasefire and peace talks.

According to the United Nations, the fighting has already killed thousands and put hundreds of thousands into a famine-like situation.

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