Around 120 Ethiopian soldiers defected to Eritrea
Around 120 Ethiopian soldiers defected to Eritrea via Sudan on Wednesday to join Ginbot 7 and Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), rebel groups that are backed by neighboring Eritrea.
The Ethiopian soldiers who are opposing the racist policy of the TPLF regime travelled through Al Fushqa in Sudan to reach Eritrea said that the army is ‘cracking’ and ‘the Tigrean officers have now resorted to imprisoning members of Amhara and Oromo ethnic soldiers within the army.’
Nine month ago, around 80 Ethiopian soldiers defected to different opposition organizations in Eritrea through Zalambesa area.
Eight security forces killed in western Ethiopia
Eight security forces have reportedly been killed in Benishangul Gumuz region, western Ethiopia, following clashes with the local people in an area known as Sherkolle, whose land has been give to gold prospectors from Tigray region.
Over one thousand investors, all from Tigray, were recently given large tracts of land in the region to explore gold which angered the locals, who were displaced to pave way for the prospectors. At least 25 locals have sustained injuries, chairman of the Benishangul People’s Liberation Movement told ESAT.
Yosef Hamid said over a thousand members of the regime’s military officials have moved and settled in Sherkolle to explore gold but the locals have refused to leave their land, leading to the deadly clashes.
Tensions have remained high in the area, Hamid said.
The TPLF-led regime has given hundreds of thousands of hectares of land in Benishangul, Gambella, and south Omo regions to exclusively Tigrians and few cronies of the regime displacing thousands of indigenous people from their land.