A scrappy force of local Tigrayan recruits scored a cascade of battlefield victories against the Ethiopian military, one of Africa’s strongest. Times journalists witnessed the decisive week in an eight-month civil war.
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The scale of the loss suffered by one of Africa’s most powerful armies was on vivid display on Friday as thousands of government troops were paraded through Mekelle, the regional capital of Tigray.
The capture of the capital, Mekelle, by Tigrayan forces was a major blow to Ethiopia’s leader, eight months into a war that has resulted in widespread famine and one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.
Aid workers are concerned about a potential new wave of atrocities as Ethiopian and Eritrean forces withdraw from Tigray.
With a bigger humanitarian disaster looming, diplomats are trying to keep a Tigrayan victory from becoming a wider war.
Feeling victorious, the rebels say they will not be safe until they track down the forces that invaded them. But Tigray faces a host of crises immediately, including famine.
After months of civil war and government occupation, Tigrayan rebels have pushed a counterattack that quickly brought them to Mekelle’s doorstep. Times journalists are there.
The aid group condemned the “brutal murder” of a Spaniard and two Ethiopians whose bodies were found near their vehicle in Ethiopia’s war-torn northern region.
United Nations agencies said the crisis in Ethiopia’s conflict-ravaged Tigray region had plunged it into famine. “This is going to get a lot worse,” a top aid official said.
The top humanitarian official at the United Nations warned that parts of Tigray are one step from famine, as the government hinders relief shipments.