Ethiopian troops stationed in the city first retreated east to Mekelle Airport on the outskirts of the city before completely leaving the area.
Shortly after Mekelle’s recapture, the region’s interim administrator Abraham Belay, who speaks on behalf of Mr. Ahmed, took to Ethiopian state television to announce that his government had put in place a ceasefire. -unilateral fire for “humanitarian reasons”.
News of the victory will send shockwaves across Africa and comes after a series of TDF victories against Ethiopian and Eritrean forces over the past fifteen weeks, in which hundreds, if not thousands, of Ethiopian troops have gathered. are rendered.
Tigrayan resistance sources told The Telegraph a week ago that the TDF were within striking distance of the capital of 500,000. On Thursday, Tigrayan forces regained control of the town of Wukro, just 47 km north of Mekelle.
Northern Ethiopia has been rocked by a horrific civil war since Ahmed and Eritrean totalitarian dictator Isaias Afwerki joined forces to crush the Tigray Popular Liberation Front (TPLF) in a pincer movement.
The war has left tens of thousands dead and millions of people on the brink of famine. The two armies overthrew the Tigrayan regional government in the capital in late November after surrounding the city with heavy artillery.
Since then, the fallen Tigrayans have waged a fierce guerrilla war against coalition troops.
Eritrean and Ethiopian forces are accused of committing a series of atrocities in the region, including a systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing, gang rapes, massacres, man-made starvation and indiscriminate bombardment of civilian areas.
Last week, the Ethiopian Air Force shelled a crowded village market, killing at least 64 civilians.
As Tigrayan troops advanced on the city, there was reportedly a wave of looting and other criminal activity.
UNICEF released a statement on Monday saying that members of the Ethiopian National Defense Force broke into their offices and deactivated their satellite equipment.