Ethiopia Conflict Takes Dramatic Turn as Tigray Rebels Retake Regional Capital

 Ethiopia Conflict Takes Dramatic Turn as Tigray Rebels Retake Regional Capital

Eight months after claiming victory over the rebellious region of Tigray, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmedhas been beaten into a shock retreat, his forces ejected from the regional capital after a lightning rebel offensive that could change the shape of geopolitics across the strategically vital Horn of Africa.

On Tuesday, jubilant crowds poured onto the streets of Tigray’s regional capital, Mekelle, to welcome fighters from the Tigray Defence Forces who quickly took full control of the city. Troops from neighboring Eritrea, which crossed the border in November to help Ethiopian government and militia forces occupy the region, had retreated from other Tigrayan towns, eyewitnesses said.

As regional government officials appointed by Mr. Ahmed fled south in armed convoys on Monday, the prime minister called for a temporary cease-fire. Tigrayan forces, which spent months regrouping and recruiting new…

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