There have been several significant developments in the conflict in Ethiopia between the Federal Government and the Tigray Region. On Wednesday, Sudanese officials claimed that several Sudanese soldiers were killed in an ambush by ‘Ethiopian forces and militias’ on Tuesday as they were patrolling Sudanese territory close to the border and numerous others were injured. Also on Wednesday, an as yet unconfirmed South Sudanese media report claimed that the President of Tigray Regional State and leader of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), Debretsion Gebremichael, has requested asylum in South Sudan.
While Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed claimed victory almost three weeks ago when Mekelle, the capital city of the Tigray region, was captured by Federal forces, most of the TPLF leadership remains at large. Moreover, although Federal forces have captured most of the major townships in Tigray and continue their advance into outlying areas, the few reports that are emerging from the region as well as other secondary indications (in particular the ongoing refusal of the Federal Government to permit international humanitarian agencies to provide food, medical and other emergency aid in the region) suggest that fighting is ongoing in many areas and the conflict may drag on for some time yet.SUDAN CLAIMS ITS BORDER PATROL AMBUSHED BY ETHIOPIAN FORCES. PRESIDENT OF TIGRAY REGION REPORTEDLY REQUESTS ASYLUM IN SOUTH SUDAN