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Monument erected in memory of heroic feat in Halhal Front inaugurated

A monument erected at Kisad-Rehai in memory of the heroic feat registered during the armed struggle for independence in Halhal Front was inaugurated last Saturday by Gen. Sibhat Ephrem, Defense Minister.

Afabet, 14 October 2013 – A monument erected at Kisad-Rehai in memory of the heroic feat registered during the armed struggle for independence in Halhal Front was inaugurated last Saturday by Gen. Sibhat Ephrem, Defense Minister.

Gen. Sibhat, Maj. General Haile Samuel, Commander of the Western Command, Commander of the Air Force, Maj. General Teklai Habtesilasie, and Ms. Asha Ali-Nur, head of the NUEW branch in Anseba region, laid flower coronets on the monument during the ceremony in which senior Army commanders, freedom fighters who attended the military operation and invited guests were present, Moreover, a tour was made to the trenches where historical mêlée was conducted 30 years ago.

Among the freedom fighters, Col. Michael Debesai and Mr. Bereket Tsegai expressed deep impression concerning the battle experience of decades back, and lauded the inhabitants of the areas for serving the freedom fighters as a sanctuary.

Likewise, Mr. Andemeskel Kifle, Ms. Tsehaynesh Gebremariam, Mr. Firezgi Araya and Mr. Adem Ali explained that the battlefield was characterized by proximity of the trench with that of the Ethiopian occupation forces which had advantage in manpower and logistics. They went on to underline that the secret behind the heroic feat constitutes the prevailed steadfastness on the part of the freedom fighters and the people, and stated that an initiative of this type would make significant impact as regards popularizing such historical events in the armed struggle for independence.

The construction of the monument was funded by the members of the Association of Division 96 which was engaged along the trenches of Halhal since 1983.
Reports indicated that the ceremony witnessed colorful cultural performances by two cultural troupes, while individuals that made remarkable contribution in organizing the event received awards.

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