From: Berhane Habtemariam (Berhane.Habtemariam@gmx.de)
Date: Fri Nov 20 2009 - 07:09:52 EST
ONLF killed 985 Woyannes, burned 6 vehicles
Friday, 20 November 2009 10:47
The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), an Ethiopian rebel group that
is operating in eastern Ethiopia, is reporting more Woyanne regime
casualties in a renewed offensive that took place since November 10. The
following is a military communique:
Military operations related to the 10 November 2009 offensive have concluded
in Ogaden. In total, 6 military vehicles belonging to the regime have been
destroyed thus far by ONLF forces. The death toll from all fronts now stands
at 985 of Woyanne regime troops killed, including 12 officers, with a large
Military hardware was captured on all fronts of the offensive, including
small arms, ammunition, communications equipment and other materials of
By all measures, the 10 November offensive has resulted in a resounding
defeat for Meles Zenawi's regime where our ONLF deployed.
Reliable sources confirm that the regime is now planning a counter-offensive
and intends to target civilians in particular. The regime plans to resettle
civilians by force and particularly target communities near the active
fronts of the 10 November offensive.
Orders have also been issued by the regime to deny international food aid to
large areas of Ogaden. This denial of international food aid to the civilian
population for political reasons and the forceful planned resettlement of
the people into what could lead to modern day concentration camps is
unacceptable and clearly a war crime.
Donor nations bear a responsibility to hold the regime accountable for their
humanitarian assistance which is being used to subjugate rather than support
the civilian population of Ogaden.
The regime continues to deny these actions but is clearly fearful of
independent media coming to Ogaden to see for themselves the resounding
victory of ONLF forces during the 10 November offensive.
The ONLF welcomes all independent individual journalists and international
media organizations who wish to come to Ogaden and report on events here.
ONLF challenge the regime to allow independent media into Ogaden if it has
nothing to hide from the international community.
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