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TPLF denounces death of 65 people in drone attack on IDPs in Tigray

News 360 logo News 360 5/10/2022 Daniel Stewart
Several houses in Lalibela, Amhara (Ethiopia) - SERGI REBOREDO / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACTOPHOTO © Provided by News 360 Several houses in Lalibela, Amhara (Ethiopia) - SERGI REBOREDO / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACTOPHOTO

The Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) on Wednesday denounced the killing of 65 people in an alleged drone attack on IDPs in Adi Dero in Tigray on Tuesday.

"That the second massacre in Adi Dero comes after a devastating airstrike on September 27 (perpetrated) by the Eritrean regime, which killed and injured numerous civilians, reflects that the genocidal regimes (are clear that) there will be no consequences for their continued deliberate and vicious attacks," it has specified in a statement posted on its Twitter profile.

The group stressed that by allowing these "illegal regimes" to violate international law with impunity, "the international community is facilitating the gradual deterioration" of the world order.

The TPLF claimed on Monday to have withdrawn from the Amhara region (north) after nearly a month of deployment in several areas in the framework of the war in Tigray, for "a tactical geographical adjustment" and to address the "existential danger" posed by the large-scale offensive by the Eritrean army.

The conflict in Ethiopia erupted following an attack by the TPLF on the army's main base in Mekelle, after which Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered an offensive against the group after months of political and administrative tensions. A "humanitarian truce" is currently in force, although both sides have accused each other of impeding the delivery of aid.

The TPLF accuses Abiy of whipping up tensions since his arrival in power in April 2018, when he became the first Oromo to take office. Until then, the TPLF had been the dominant force within Ethiopia's ruling coalition since 1991, the ethnically-supported Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). The group opposed Abiy's reforms, which it saw as an attempt to undermine its influence.

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