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Ethiopian crisis: Ethiopian Defence Ministry claims plane delivering arms to rebel TPLF shot down

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopia announced on Wednesday that its Air Force has shot down a plane that was carrying weapons to the rebel Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) as the fighting between the government and the regional government flares up again.

The Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) quoted the Ethiopian Ministry of Defence as saying that "a plane that was carrying weapons for the terrorist group TPLF and violated Ethiopian airspace and entered the country through Sudan was shot down by the Ethiopian Air Force".

"The Federal Government of #Ethiopia has been taking steps to bring the war in the northern part of Ethiopia to a peaceful conclusion. However, the terrorist organisation, as well as its foreign backers, have expressed a strong desire to continue fighting," EBC quoted the Federal Government Communcation Service as saying in a tweet.

However, a senior TPLF leader, Getachew Reda, has denied the claim.

The conflict between the Addis Ababa government and TPLF started on 4 November 2020 when Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered a military offensive after TPLF forces attacked a federal army base. 

Fighting has sparked massive displacement, widespread destruction of livelihoods and infrastructure, loss of employment and a huge humanitarian crisis.

Ethiopia declared a unilateral ceasefire in June 2021 but tension has remained between the two sides.

-0- PANA MA 24Aug2022