Debrecen Gabre Michael, leader of the Ethiopian Tigris independence movement, has refused to surrender. In response to the three-day ultimatum issued by Prime Minister Abi Ahmed on Sunday night, the leader said that his people are ready to lay down their lives to protect the motherland. This information came from the report of the British Media Guardian.
Fighting has been going on between Ethiopian government forces and the pro-independence Tiger People’s Liberation Front Party (TPL) for the last two weeks. More than a thousand people are feared killed in the fight. In addition, thousands of people have fled the region and taken refuge in neighboring Sudan. The fighting began when Prime Minister Abi Ahmed blamed the TPLF forces for the attack on the military base in the area and ordered a campaign against them.
The Ethiopian army claims they have reached within 36 miles of Mekele, the capital of the Tigris region. He warned civilians before shelling began in the city. After that, Prime Minister Abi Ahmed gave TPLF time to surrender.
But TPLF leader Debrecen Gabre Michael said that Abi Ahmed wanted to hide the casualties of his army. He is threatening to waste time after his claim was manipulated by TPLF forces. “He (Abi Ahmed) does not understand who we are,” he said in a message on Monday. We are moral people and we are ready to lay down our lives to protect the right to rule our territory. ‘
On Tuesday, a TPLF spokesperson claimed that they completely destroyed the 21st Division of the Ethiopian Army. However, the government did not respond to a request for comment.