Ethiopian Air Force Strikes TPLF’s Training Facility Near Mekelle

ADDIS ABABA – Air Force of the Ethiopian National Defense Force has today stricken a training facility of the terrorist TPLF located at Agulae near to Mekelle, says the Government Communications Service.

The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), a group the Ethiopian parliament designated as terrorist earler this year, was using the facility to train illegally recruited military personnel, it said in a statement issued on Sunday afternoon.

Air Force carried out a serious of similar attacks targeting several facilities that’s being used by the TPLF in its war efforts.

The latest attack came a day after a joint forces the National, Amhara Special, Amhara Paramilitary Forces repelled forces of the terrorist TPLF Group who attempted to invade Dessie City.

The city, which is located about 400 kilometres north of Addis Ababa, has a population of more than 200,000 people.

Fana Broadcasting said many “TPLF desperadoes that tried to enter Dessie via Tita town and surroundings have been neutralized in a coordinated counter offensive by the joint forces as a few repulsed back”

Briefing reporters Sunday, Minister of Communication, Legesse Tulu said the army is carrying out its mission bravely and efficiently to save Ethiopia.

In Dessie front, Legesse said terrorist group had tried to attack the army using its infiltrators and bandits in the town.

However,  Legesse revealed the national defense force  have repulsed hordes of TPLF terrorist fighters and now it  has  been engaged in an offensive attack to repel the invader forces of the group.

The Minister indicated that the army has achieved a great success to crush the enemy and fought a fierce battle in Dessie on Sunday.

In this regard, the residents of Dessie have demonstrated their support and solidarity to the defense force, he added.

He further explained that currently the Ethiopian National Defense Force has been intensifying its holdings in major fronts including Chifra, Gashena and others.

In response to the TPLF’s latest push southward, the United States on Saturday called on the TPLF to withdraw from the regions of Afar and Amhara.

“We reiterate our call for the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) to withdraw from the Amhara and Afar regions, including halting its advances in and around the cities of Dessie and Kombolcha,” said the US State Department, urging them “not to use artillery against cities” and recall our strong objections to the ENDF airstrikes in Mekelle and other areas of Tigray”. 

The conflict in Northern Ethiopia began after federal army camps in Tigray were attacked by the TPLF on November 4 – prompting the federal government to launch a law enforcement operation in the region.

Soon after the federal government declared a unilateral cease-fire late June, the TPLF had regrouped and retaken most of Tigray, and started offensive the neighbouring regions of Amhara and Afar.