The Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) has begun withdrawing its military from the disputed zone of Welkait, which is claimed by both Tigray and Amhara regional states. This withdrawal began a few days before the Amhara regional government’s meeting with its Oromia-based allies within the ruling Prosperity Party, raising concerns among residents of Amhara state about the reasons behind the move and its potential impact on the stability of the region.
Reports suggest that contingents of the Western Command, previously stationed at the Dansha front, have been observed leaving the area without any public statements from the Ministry of Defense explaining the reason behind the withdrawal. According to confidential sources, the soldiers have stated that they are being redeployed for an operation in Oromia. This has raised suspicions that the Western Command may be deployed to engage with the Oromo Liberation Army, despite recent commitments by the federal government to engage in peace talks.
Residents of Amhara state have also speculated that the withdrawal of the ENDF from the disputed zone of Welkait may signal the federal government’s approval of Tigray state’s plans to retake the area. This has only added to the suspicions and tensions in the region, raising questions about the government’s ability to maintain stability and order. The ongoing conflict between the Tigray and Amhara regions over the ownership of Welkait has created a volatile situation, with the sudden withdrawal of the ENDF only escalating the already tense situation and creating more uncertainty about the future of the region.