The Government of Ethiopia calls on the IC to reject TPLF’s persistent disinformation against the ENDF’s preventive operation
Following TPLF’s resumption of fighting on August 24, battering a 5-month-long humanitarian truce, the government of Ethiopia has carried out several preventive operations targeting the rebel’s military installations with a justified objective of neutralising their capability to attack Ethiopia.
The Ethiopian National Defence Force/ ENDF conducts its preventive operation against rebel military assets with absolute precision, leaving little chance for collateral damage. However, we have learnt that the rebel group and its external accessories are engaged in a mendacious accusation against the ENDF – claiming that civilians and civilian infrastructures have become targets of government aerial strikes. This is an absolute fabrication that the International Community should be wary of.
The reality is that the TPLF is and has been using civilian infrastructures such as hospitals, schools, worship centres and civilian properties as military depots and hideouts for its fugitive leaders. This action may, indeed, stir fear and confusion among civilians as it contradicts the government’s precautionary announcement to distance themselves from the rebel’s military assets to avoid being potential targets of aerial strikes.
Regardless of this, the TPLF and its affiliates are rampantly concocting lies and are slandering the Government of Ethiopia. The Director General of the World Health Organisation is among those fabricating falsehood in defence of the TPLF. Abusing his international post, he is propagating a patently false accusation that civilians had been targets of government military operations. What is more appalling is that no one dared to reject this blatant disinformation. No one, including the WHO chief, demanded the TPLF to desist from using properties belonging to United Nations aid agencies. It is a plain fact that the group is commandeering over 1000 UN lorries for its military purposes.
In the context of this and the ongoing disinformation, the government of Ethiopia calls upon the international community to reject the TPLF’s and its media accessories lies and fabrications. As the saying goes truth is the victim in this conflict.
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