Ethiopia’s peace deal faces challenge amid TPLF’s troop deployment

Mereja Media

Information reaching indicate that the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) is engaged in the deployment of troops, challenging the truce it signed with the central government on November 2, 2022 in Pretoria, South Africa.

TPLF has deployed thousands of combatants at Tseaada Meda in Raya area; sources told which also confirmed that combatants are building fortifications, preparing to launch a new war.

The TPLF combatants are also building a fortification in Dega Hamus in the northern Tigray, the sources disclosed.

The sources further said the TPLF is withdrawing heavy weapons from Mekelle city, capital of Tigray ahead of the Ethiopian National Defence Forces (ENDF) taking control of the city to disarm Tigrayan forces.

TPLF is said to have diverted food aid to its troops this week, the sources said, while other troops, who were cut off during the previous war, have started to regroup and take military training.

The whereabouts of thousands of young people who were taken hostages by TPLF fighters at the beginning of the war are not known but information reaching said that they were either deployed to fight the Eritrean forces or used as human shields for the TPLF combatants.

TPLF has deployed its forces at Selella, Zekuya, Hugmberg and Mekan and other areas, the sources also noting that there is high concentration of TPLF troops at Neqseq Mountain in the Tigray region.

The two- year fighting between Ethiopian federal forces and TPLF is expected to have killed at least half a million people and displaced millions more.

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