Tigray’s leader confirmed the losses but said it was a temporary setback and vowed to defeat the government.
Ethiopia’s prime minister said that his army was advancing on the Tigrayan capital Mekelle.
Hundreds of people have reportedly died in two weeks of clashes.
Verifying information from Tigray is hard due to a blackout on most communications.
The conflict is rooted in long-standing tension between powerful regional party the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and Ethiopia’s central government.
When Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed postponed a national election due to coronavirus in June, tension escalated between the two groups. The TPLF sees the central government as illegitimate, arguing Abiy no longer has a mandate to lead the country.
The government accused the TPLF of attacking a military base to steal weapons, which the TPLF denied. In response, Mr Abiy ordered a military offensive, accusing the TPLF of treason.
Government forces seized the towns of Shire and Axum after a three-day deadline given by Prime Minister Abiy to Tigray’s forces to surrender expired on Tuesday.
TPLF leader Debretsion Gebremichael confirmed to a local TV station on Wednesday that his soldiers had lost control of Shire and Axum, but called it a “temporary success” for the government and vowed to defeat Abiy’s forces. Read More…https://epaper.ippmedia.com