Ethiopia: Government, Lalibela restored UNESCO heritage – Ultima Ora

(ANSA – AFP) – Addis Ababa, Dec. 01 – Ethiopia today announced that federal government forces have retaken control of Lalibela, a UNESCO World Heritage Site occupied by Tigray rebels last August in the war between the two parties. for more than a year. Last week, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed left for the front with the goal of leading soldiers to the front line after the rebels declared the occupation of large parts of the country as they advanced towards the capital, Addis Ababa.

Forces loyal to Abi Ahmed announced, today, that they had “captured the historic city of Lalibela”, in the Amhara region famous for its 12th-century monolithic churches, as well as regaining control of its international airport. The statement adds that the pro-government forces “are always marching into the city of Sikota” in the same area adjacent to Tigray in northern Ethiopia, while there is fighting as far as Debre Sina, a city located less than 200 km from Addis Ababa.

(ANSA – Agence France-Presse).

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