Ethiopia: Military Offers Roughly $260,000 Reward For Intel On Fugitive Tigrayan Leaders

Ethiopia: Military Offers Roughly $260,000 Reward For Intel On Fugitive Tigrayan Leaders
A member of the Amhara Special Forces sits next to a machine gun at an improvised camp in front of a shop in Humera, Ethiopia

 

 

Ethiopia is offering a 10 million birr $260,000 reward to anyone with the information on the location of fugitive leaders of the rebellious force in the northern region of Tigray, the government said on Friday. The reward to help capture leaders of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front TPLF was announced on state run broadcaster EBC and later tweeted by the government’s task force on the Tigray crisis. The announcement was made by

 

Lieutenant General Asrat Denero, head of the military’s community information department who also provided a hotline where citizens could give tips. TPLF leaders, believed to be hiding in the mountains since the capital of the region was captured by the federal forces on November 28 have said that they are fighting back. Thousands of people are believed to have been killed

 

 

and nearly a million fled their homes during air strikes and ground battles in Tigray last month. The conflict has raised concerns among Ethiopia’s international allies about the possible destabilisation of Africa’s second most populous nation. The European Union has postponed nearly 90 million euros in budget support payments to Ethiopia due to the bloc’s concerns over the crisis, according to an internal EU document seen by

 

 

Media on Wednesday. Ethiopia host to the African Union headquarters is a diplomatic heavyweight in a volatile region and its troops are valued for their service in peacekeeping missions in Somalia and South Sudan. Federal troops seized Tigray’s capital Mekelle on November 28 and now control the main towns in the region. Although some power and telephone links were restored earlier this week in Mekelle after a virtual communications blackout since the federal offensive

 

 

began on November 4, the region remains largely cut off from the world. The area - home to six million - is also in desperate need of food and medicine with some one million people now thought to be displaced. The lack of transparency, with most communications and transport links severed has complicated efforts to verify the warring sides’ claims. Meanwhile nearly 50,000 Ethiopian refugees are now sheltering in neighbouring Sudan. Some resist being moved to a camp away from the border in the hope that missing family members, separated by the fighting, can be found.