Tigrayan rebels retreat from Ethiopian regions in a possible ceasefire

Leadership of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) has announced a retreat from neighboring Ethiopian regions they earlier controlled amidst clamp down by the Ethiopian forces led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

The rebels revealed that, their forces will withdraw from Northern Ethiopia’s Amhara and Afar and move back to Tigray. Spokesman for the rebel group, Getachew Reda said “we have decided to withdraw from these areas to Tigray. We want to open the door to humanitarian aid.”

Getachew who made announcement on Monday added that, “We are conducting phase-by-phase withdrawals. We started withdrawing our forces a few weeks ago. We are now announcing it.”

Debretsion Gebremichael, head of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) earlier said, “we trust that our bold act of withdrawal will be a decisive opening for peace.”

The withdrawal of the forces came at the backdrop of news from the Ethiopian government that, the national forces have recaptured key towns controlled by the rebels. The government is yet to release a statement on the way forward.

Government spokesperson, Legesse Tulu identified towns including Shewa Robit as part of the new areas claimed from the rebels by the troops. “In Shewa front, the Mezezo, Molale, Shewa Robit, Rasa and its surroundings have been freed from the terrorist TPLF.” He said in an earlier statement.

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