Title: Ethiopian Military Regains Control of Gondar and Lalibela, Operations Resume
In a significant development, the Ethiopian military has successfully reclaimed control over the towns of Gondar and Lalibela in the Amhara region. The Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF) managed to restore order in Gondar’s city center on Tuesday, while they entered Lalibela on Wednesday.
These towns had fallen under the sway of the Fano militia during the recent clashes. This militia, comprising volunteers from the local Amhara population, had formed an alliance with the ENDF during the Tigray war. However, it subsequently turned against the military, overwhelming them in Gondar and Lalibela.
Following the military’s successful operation, flights to Gondar and Bahir Dar are set to resume on Thursday, bringing much-needed relief to residents and travelers. The cessation of fighting and the return of normalcy in these regions will provide a sense of security and stability.
To curb any potential challenges, the government has declared a state of emergency in Gondar, Lalibela, and four other locations until August 23. An evening curfew has also been imposed, signaling the government’s determination to restore law and order.
The ENDF, with support from anti-riot police and pro-government militiamen, effectively pushed back the Fano fighters from Gondar, employing tanks to regain control. A local official in Gondar remarked that the military is now “almost in full control of the city,” emphasizing the success of the military endeavor.
While the exact human toll of the fighting remains unclear, reports indicate that more than a dozen combatants were killed in Lalibela. The restoration of government control will hopefully pave the way for accurate and transparent reporting, shedding light on the overall human cost of the conflict.
Amid these developments, the regional administration of Amhara has claimed that Gondar and Bahir Dar have been “freed” from the Fano militia. This news will undoubtedly be received with relief by the local population, as they endeavor to rebuild their lives and communities.
As the Ethiopian military regains control and operations resume, there is a renewed hope for peace and stability in the region. The successful mission serves as a reminder of the government’s commitment to maintaining law and order, and its determination to protect the well-being of its citizens.
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