ADDIS ABEBA – The Federal military troops have seized the airport near the town of Humera amid a nearly week-old conflict in the northern Tigray region.
“The Ethiopian National Defense Force has fully captured Humera Airport amid [a] continuation of [the] government’s military response against TPLF rebel group,” Fana TV reported, referring to federal army officials.
The Federal government launched a military operation against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front or TPLF forces last week after regional troops attacked military bases in Tigray hosting federal troops.
The African Union on Tuesday called for an immediate ceasefire with its chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat calling on parties to respect human rights and ensure the protection of civilians.
But Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Tuesday that the military operation will continue until criminal junta are “apprehended and brought to justice”.
“Our law enforcement operations in Tigray are proceeding as planned,” the PM said in a message posted on his twitter page.
“Operations will cease as soon as the criminal junta is disarmed, legitimate administration in the region restored, and fugitives apprehended & brought to justice,” he said
“All of them rapidly coming within reach,” he added.