JUBA — Ethiopia’s Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) has claimed that it has killed — inside Tigray region — a senior Eritrean army general and hundreds of his soldiers after launching a failed offensive that the rebel group claims to have been influenced by the federal government in Addis Ababa.
Getachew K. Reda, the TPLF spokesman, said the alleged offensive was carried out by two Eritrean army divisions on the 24th of May and was defeated after a successful counteroffensive by Tigray rebels claiming a brigade commander and hundreds of soldiers were killed in the offensive.
“An offensive launched by Eritrea’s 57th and 21st divisions on the 24th of May was thwarted and the units deployed by the Isaias regime decimated after a successful counteroffensive by our forces around AdiAwalla, Tigray,” Getachew said.
“A brigade commander, three battalion commanders and more than 300 soldiers were killed and wounded. Many weapons and materiel was also captured,” the top rebel mouthpiece added on Twitter.
The rebel spokesman said the Eritrean troops have been shelling several positions belonging to the Ethiopian rebel group inside Tigray region as “part of their desperate attempt to escalate the tension and drag us into more action.”
While vowing not to allow the government in Addis Ababa not to “prolong” the suffering of the Ethiopian people, Getachew urged the international community to rein and put pressure on the government to stop attempts to drag the region into a conflict.
“It is clear that the regime will stop at nothing to drag the region into an interminable conflict and sabotage in real or perceived effort at peace,” he said.
“It behooves the International community to exert pressure on the regime to reverse course while reiterating our unwillingness to let the regime prolong the suffering of our people,” he added.