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Ethiopia’s strategic city of Dessie ‘captured’ by insurgent forces

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Insurgent spokesman says Tigrayan forces captured the city in Amhara area early on Saturday.

Tigrayan insurgent forces have captured the strategic city of Dessie in Amhara area that borders Tigray, based on a insurgent spokesman and residents.

Residents informed AFP information company that authorities troops retreated on Saturday following heavy preventing and energy outages in elements of the city.

“At round 2am (23:00 GMT) Friday, Ethiopian troopers started retreating from the realm,” Amir, a Dessie resident who declined to present his second title, stated.

One other resident stated that Tigrayan rebels “entered town, with ENDF (Ethiopian Nationwide Protection Power) troopers not seen” anyplace within the metropolis.

Getachew Reda, spokesperson for the Tigray Folks’s Liberation Entrance (TPLF), informed Reuters information company by satellite tv for pc cellphone from an undisclosed location on Saturday that Tigrayan fighters had pushed authorities forces from Dessie and had been headed in direction of the city of Kombolcha.

He added that the forces had captured quite a few Ethiopian troopers.

There was no remark from the Ethiopian authorities on the claims and residents’ accounts.

The seize of Dessie could be a strategic achieve for Tigrayan fighters towards the central authorities forces who’re making an attempt to dislodge them from the Amhara area.

The big city is a few 385km (240 miles) from the capital, Addis Ababa, and is the furthest south in Amhara that the TPLF has reached since pushing into the area in July.

The battle erupted final November after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed despatched troops to topple the TPLF.

The 2019 Nobel Peace Prize laureate stated the transfer got here in response to TPLF assaults on military camps and promised a swift victory.

Tigrayan forces had been initially crushed however recaptured a lot of the area in July and pushed into the neighbouring Amhara and Afar areas.

1000’s of individuals have been killed and greater than two million folks have been compelled to flee.

In mid-October, the Tigrayan forces stated the army had launched a floor offensive to push them out of Amhara. The army stated on Thursday there was heavy preventing there, however accused the Tigrayan forces of beginning it.