Uncategorized Tigray: Ethiopian army kills ex-Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin

Tigray: Ethiopian army kills ex-Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin

-

Former foreign minister among three prominent TPLF officials killed after refusing to surrender, the government says

Ethiopia says its forces have killed three members of the conflict-hit Tigray region’s former ruling party, including ex-Ethiopian Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin.

The three Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) officials were killed after they refused to surrender to the military, the government’s task force for the crisis in Tigray said on Twitter on Wednesday. Five other TPLF members were captured, it added.

 

Seyoum was Ethiopia’s foreign minister from 1991 until 2010. The two others killed were former Federal Affairs Minister Abay Tsehaye and ex-parliamentary chief whip Asmelash Woldeselassie.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government declared victory in its conflict with the TPLF, a political party that previously governed the province, on November 28 after it regained control of the region’s capital, Mekelle.

Fighting started after the TPLF allegedly attacked federal military bases at multiple locations in the region, triggering a war that has shaken the Horn of Africa.

Operations continue

Fugitive leaders of the TPLF had promised to continue to fight from the mountains of the region in northern Ethiopia, but their whereabouts are still unknown.

The military said last week it had captured Sebhat Nega, a founding member of the TPLF.

At the weekend, it said it had killed 15 TPLF members and captured eight others, according to state-run TV.

Those captured reportedly included the region’s former president Abay Weldu, who was also a former chairman of the region’s ruling party.

Air raids and battles since early November in Tigray are believed to have killed thousands of people. Fighting is continuing in some parts and more than two million people need aid, the United Nations said this week.

Media have been unable to verify claims by either side since phone and internet connections to the Tigray region are down and access to the area is strictly controlled.

NEWS AGENCIES
+ posts

Latest news

Sudan: PM Hamdok under house arrest amid reports of coup

Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok is reported to be under house arrest in Sudan's capital Khartoum. Jeffrey Feltman, the US...

What Is Really Happening In Lebanon?

Lebanese forces on the streets in Beirut, to control mainly the poor and Shia neighborhoods, many of these neighborhoods...

Does Erdogan have a plan in mind for Africa?

  A report by Yeni Şafak daily states that Russian media highlighted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s fortitude as he...

Biden’s Executive Order Threatens Ethiopia

President Joe Biden continues to play the cluelessly racist and paternalistic Ugly American  in the Horn of Africa.  Under his leadership, the US has...

Must read

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you