Ethiopian army claims advance on several towns

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Read: 781     09:34     28 November 2020    

Ethiopia's military claims it has seized control of several towns in the northern region of Tigray, Defence.az reports citing BBC News. 


The army has been locked in conflict with the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) for weeks.

Lieutenant-General Hassan Ibrahim said the army had captured Wikro, north of the Tigrayan capital Mekelle, along with several other towns.

It comes a day after the government said it was beginning the "final phase" of an offensive in the region.

Hundreds of people have reportedly been killed and thousands have been forced from their homes as Ethiopian forces have seized towns.

Details of the fighting are hard to confirm because all phone, mobile and internet communications with the Tigray region have been cut.

In a meeting on Friday, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed told African peace envoys that civilians in the region would be protected.

However, there was no mention about potential talks to bring the fighting to an end.

Previously, the prime minister said the military would try not to harm civilians in Mekelle - a city of 500,000 people - and urged residents to stay at home.

The TPLF party, which controls Mekelle, has vowed to keep fighting.

The UN has warned of possible war crimes if the Ethiopian army attacks Mekelle.



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Ethiopian army claims advance on several towns

2020/11/1606542625.jpg
Read: 782     09:34     28 November 2020    

Ethiopia's military claims it has seized control of several towns in the northern region of Tigray, Defence.az reports citing BBC News. 


The army has been locked in conflict with the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) for weeks.

Lieutenant-General Hassan Ibrahim said the army had captured Wikro, north of the Tigrayan capital Mekelle, along with several other towns.

It comes a day after the government said it was beginning the "final phase" of an offensive in the region.

Hundreds of people have reportedly been killed and thousands have been forced from their homes as Ethiopian forces have seized towns.

Details of the fighting are hard to confirm because all phone, mobile and internet communications with the Tigray region have been cut.

In a meeting on Friday, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed told African peace envoys that civilians in the region would be protected.

However, there was no mention about potential talks to bring the fighting to an end.

Previously, the prime minister said the military would try not to harm civilians in Mekelle - a city of 500,000 people - and urged residents to stay at home.

The TPLF party, which controls Mekelle, has vowed to keep fighting.

The UN has warned of possible war crimes if the Ethiopian army attacks Mekelle.



Tags: Ethiopia