Ethiopian soldiers arrested nine members of Tigray People’s Liberation Front, which led the region until being overthrown last year. The ongoing military campaign has left nearly 2.3 million people, or half of the population, in need of aid.
Tigray People's Liberation Front chief Debretsion says he is close to Mekelle city "fighting the invaders" as PM Abiy lauds federal troops for defeating TPLF in just "three weeks."
Debretsion Gebremichael, leader of Tigray People's Liberation Front, says his fighters have captured pilot of downed plane and retaken Axum town from federal troops. Ethiopian government hasn't commented yet.
The latest explosions came just hours after Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared victory in his government’s fighting against forces of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, which runs the northern Tigray region bordering Eritrea.
Ethiopia's army says it plans to surround capital of Tigray region with tanks and may use artillery, but TPLF rebels say they are digging trenches and standing firm against "waves" of soldiers.
As Ethiopia’s conflict with its Tigray region intensifies, with rockets being fired at Eritrea’s capital Asmara, the danger of the conflict drawing in regional actors heightens.
At least two of the rockets hit the Asmara airport, three diplomats said, hours after the Tigray regional government warned it might attack.
The UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet expresses "increasing alarm" at violence in Ethiopia's Tigray region and says an alleged massacre there might amount to war crimes.
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