The faction of Ethiopian armed opposition group, the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), led by General Kemal Gelchu now survives only in name after the Eritrean government put Kemal and all his comrades under house arrest and disarmed the troops who were camped in eastern Eritrea near Assab, according to the latest information Ethiopian Review has received from reliable sources.
Recently, we had reported that Gen. Kemal Gelchu has been detained. Today we learned that Gen. Hailu Gonfa and all the other leaders of OLF under Kemal have been ordered not to leave Asmara. They are also prohibited from leaving Eritrea.
The fate of OLF troops is even worse. Ethiopian Review sources are reporting that the number of troops has declined from a few hundred to less than 80. Many have escaped and some of them died from disease and malnutrition.
The health condition of the remaining OLF troops is appalling, one of our sources said.
Gen. Kemal Gelchu and his OLF faction are now practically prisoners of the Eritrean government.