Most rebel commanders are ‘dead or captured’, says federal army in claims disputed by TPLF leaders
Ethiopia said it had captured or killed most commanders of a rebellious northern force, while Tigray’s fugitive local leader countered yesterday that civilians were protesting against looting by occupying soldiers.
Neither side gave proof for their assertions about the month-long war in the mountainous region bordering Eritrea where phone communications have been down and access severely restricted.
Fighting between Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s federal army and forces loyal to the region’s former ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), erupted on November 4.
Thousands of people are believed to have died while more than 45,000 refugees crossed to Sudan.