Ethiopia Downplays Loss of Tigray Capital to Rebel Forces | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Ethiopia Downplays Loss of Tigray Capital to Rebel Forces

Ethiopia’s leaders sought Wednesday to downplay the significance of the army’s pullback from the regional capital of war-hit Tigray, insisting they could retake the city from rebels whenever they wanted.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the city of Mekele, captured by Ethiopian forces in November but seized by rebels in a stunning turnaround this week, had “lost its center of gravity” during eight months of war in Tigray.

“When we see Mekele militarily, it does not have the same appeal as when we went there,” the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize winner said in remarks distributed by his office on Wednesday.

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