More than 7,000 captive Ethiopian soldiers paraded in Tigray by rebel fighters

More than 7,000 Ethiopian soldiers captured by the Tigray Defence Force have been paraded in a rare video that shows them walking towards the Mekele Rehabilitation Centre, in the capital of Ethiopia’s Tigray region.

According to the Tigray Defence Forces (TDF), the captive Ethiopian soldiers walked from Abdi Eshir, about 75 km southwest of Mekele, the capital of Ethiopia’s Tigray for four days.

The rebels marched into the city this week after local officials and federal government troops pulled out, and the government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has since declared a unilateral ceasefire.

Celebrations erupted on the streets of Mekele this week when rebel fighters took over the city, a pivotal moment in a brutal eight-month long conflict. Crowds of jubilant locals waving the red and yellow Tigrayan flag cheered, clapped and danced in Mekele as they welcomed the returning Tigray Defence Force (TDF) soldiers.

Supporters carried the victorious gun-toting TDF fighters — both men and women — aloft to the sound of tooting car and motorbike horns, while beaming women embraced their returning menfolk.

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