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Calm returns to border town

by Ethiopia Observer Nov 7th 2020 · 1 min read
Calm returns to border town

Kirakir, a village town in Tsegedie Woreda of Central Gondar Zone of Amhara region, where fighting took place on Wednesday, appeared calm on Friday morning, residents told Deutsche Welle Amharic. On the other hand, a local resident reported that skirmishes took place in the Mediregenet and Abderafi areas of the zone. Residents told the radio that clashes between the Tigray special forces and the federal army had subsided in some areas while shelling and shooting were heard in other villages yesterday.

Kirkar, the village that witnessed fighting on Wednesday was calm today after troops of the federal army took control of it, residents were quoted as saying. The residents also said that the federal troops entered the Tigray side of Tsegede and seized the woreda’s capital, Nigus.

The row between the federal government and Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) has been simmering for months. Prime Minister Abiy three days ago ordered the military to mount an offensive against Tigray, after an attack on a federal army base has resulted in “many martyrs, injuries and property damage”.

last updated: 2020-11-07@03:11