Entornointeligente.com / The former regional president in Tigray region, Debretsion Gebremichael said his group is committed to “extended resistance” against the Ethiopian federal forces.
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Debretsion made the vow in an audio recording posted on Facebook by a media outlet affiliated with the former ruling party the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
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TPLF has battled Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government since Nov. 4.
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“They (the federal government) have temporary military dominance,” said the recording, alleging abuses like rape and looting, reports of which have also been highlighted by the United Nations.
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“We are engaged in extended resistance.”
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The TPLF and foreign backers have sought to divert attention with unfounded genocide claims since November to cover up their own “horrendous crimes”, she said, urging foreign nations and media to expose them
Abiy claimed victory in late November after his forces captured the regional capital Mekelle, but reports of low-level fighting have continued
Thousands of people have died, hundreds of thousands have been forced from homes and there are shortages of food, water and medicine across the region of more than 5 million people
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Reports from all sides are difficult to verify since the government has largely sealed off Tigray from media and foreign aid workers. Telecommunications to many areas are not working
Debretsion called on Tigrayans abroad to contribute time and money to supporting the fighters and foreign nations to condemn the Ethiopian government
He said Abiy and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki should be charged in an international court
Dozens of eyewitnesses have said Eritrean troops are present in Tigray to support Ethiopian forces, though both nations deny that