Tigray war update: Reports of Ethiopian fighter jet downed; Axum retaken by Tigrayan forces

Tigrayan television has shown images of a plane shot down and shown the pilot

Tigray forces claim to have shot down Ethiopian plane, taken town

Source: Reuters


There was no immediate comment from the government or the military on the claims made by Debretsion Gebremichael, leader of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in text messages to Reuters.

Claims from all sides are difficult to verify since phone and internet links to Tigray have been down and access tightly controlled since the fighting began on Nov. 4.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government has been trying to quell a rebellion by the TPLF, a powerful ethnically-based party that dominated the central government from 1991 until Abiy came to power in 2018.

Thousands of people are believed to have been killed and nearly 44,000 have fled to Sudan since the fighting began. The conflict has been another test for Abiy, who took office two years ago and is trying to hold together a patchwork of ethnic groups that make up Ethiopia’s 115 million people.


Abiy said on Saturday evening federal troops had taken control of the Tigrayan capital Mekelle within hours of launching an offensive there, laying to rest fears of protracted fighting in the city of 500,000 people.

The prime minister, who refers to the three-week-old conflict as an internal law and order matter and has rebuffed international offers of mediation, said federal police would now try to arrest TPLF “criminals” and bring them to court.

It was not clear if any TPLF leaders had surrendered or been apprehended since Saturday. Their whereabouts are also unknown.

TPLF leader Debretsion said on Saturday evening in a series of text messages to Reuters that his forces were withdrawing from around the city but would fight on, raising the spectre of a drawn-out guerrilla war.

In text messages on Sunday, he said that his forces had shot down an Ethiopian military plane and captured the pilot, and had also retaken the town of Axum.

Also on Sunday, Ethiopian state TV (ETV) said on Sunday that 70 graves, some individual and some containing multiple bodies were found in the town of Humera in Tigray. The news reader did not say who might have killed the people buried in the graves.

Regional diplomats and experts have warned that a rapid military victory might not signal the end of the conflict.

The TPLF has a history of guerrilla resistance. Tigray’s mountainous terrain and borders with Sudan and Eritrea helped the TPLF during its long struggle against Marxist dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam, whom it eventually toppled in 1991.

Source: Reuters

Tigrayan forces say they have retaken Ethiopian town of Axum from military

ADDIS ABABA — The leader of rebellious forces from Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region said on Sunday in a text message to Reuters that his fighters had retaken the town of Axum from the federal military.

Debretsion Gebremichael, leader of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), made the claim a day after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced the military had taken the Tigray regional capital Mekelle and completed its operation.

Claims from all sides have been difficult to verify as phone and internet links to Tigray have been down and access has been tightly controlled since fighting erupted on Nov. 4. (Reporting by Addis Ababa newsroom Editing by Frances Kerry)



  1. As usual and in their very nature TPLF are full of lies and locusts. The photoshop manipulation is their way of dirty propaganda. Lies, lies, always lies.
    All TPLF grumpies and their bastards are full of lies and deception.

    1. TPLF is little Ethiopia. It may have learned some lies from the “great Ethiopia” that doesn’t understand the difference between facts and lies. Ethiopia has been laying for itself and hiding its problems instead of recognising the problems and find peaceful solutions.
      Old habits never die.

  2. White lies day and night. TPLF and E H as its mousepiece go to hell. Please leave peacefull Ethiopia. We want to march forward an leave your crimes behind us. I am tired of the lie by Eritrea Hub. What kind of idiotic person live on chewing on lies day and night.

    1. Wisdom It is no allowed at all to the selfish capitalist as I read… The only thing that they can overstand it is them greedy image…

  3. Tigray and Tigray-friendly Eritrea will prevail…..As good neigbours, federative or confederative!!!
    The end of the blood thirsty devil in Eritrea is ending soon ;and the balkanisation/ disintegration of Ethiopia will be the natural and logical consequence of the historical anti-tegaru Ahadawian hatred-politics.That old “idealized ethiopia; existing only in the wishful mindset of its minority Ahadawian subjects” is already dead. Ahadawian will find themselves sandwiched as used to be the case with Tegaru.
    May God bless the heroic Tegaru!

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