GAMBELLA – A huge and heavily armed Ethiopian troops backed up by elite Gambella police units have forcefully entered deep into South Sudan in a mission to rescue about 120 kids abducted last week by a group of armed Murle men.
The operation bears the authorisation from the federal government of Ethiopia, in particular the Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn who felt frustrated with the government of South Sudan’s indecision to respond to his request for join operation against the Murle militias.
According to the government of the Gambella regional state, the Prime Minister wants the children rescued as promptly as possible “even if it involves Ethiopian army entering Juba”
ARMED MILITIA MEN SURROUNDED
According to the governor of Gambella Mr Gatluak Tut who spoke to the Upper Nile Times today, the children abductors were seen in an aerial view heading towards Pibor of South Sudan, walking in groups.
“They have been located in a place near the border. They have been surrounded by the army now but the army want to rescue the children safely without any casualties. it has been a careful plan by the army and we hope that all the children will be brought back alive” – Governor Gatluak.
The governor also revealed that the government in Juba continued to be unresponsive but willing for the Ethiopian army to enter South Sudan and pursue the armed Murle militias.
“It looks to us that they have no capacity at this moment to involve in this military offensive because they have a war of their own. They appear to indicated that they are overstretched but willing to get involved. So we agreed with the government in Addis to carry the operation forcefully” – He added.
Ethiopia dismissed any involvement of South Sudan forces nor its rebels in the killing of more than 208 civilians in Gambella.
THE UPPER NILE TIMES