Tigrayan rebels say 'in control' of Ethiopia's Kombolcha

AFP , Sunday 31 Oct 2021

The Tigray People's Liberation Front has captured the Ethiopian town of Kombolcha, a spokesman for the rebels said Sunday, the second city claimed by the TPLF this weekend, as it advances southwards.

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Wounded captive Ethiopian soldiers arrive on a truck at the Mekele Rehabilitation Center in Mekele, the capital of Tigray region, Ethiopia. AFP

"Firmly in control of #Kombolcha," TPLF spokesman Getachew Reda tweeted, a day after the rebels said they had captured the city of Dessie, which nonetheless saw renewed fighting on Sunday.

If confirmed, Kombolcha's capture would mark a major step in the rebels' offensive in a nearly year-long war, after it retook most of Tigray from federal forces in June.

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