Peace talks between Ethiopia’s government and the Tigray rebels being organised by the African Union will commence in South Africa on October 24.
The hospital in the town of Shire where victims were taken reported at least 55 people dead and 126 injured, according to an official in Tigray's capital Mekele.
The United Nations Human Rights Council has adopted a proposal to set up an international expert panel to report on violations committed by all sides in Ethiopia's year-old war.
Ethiopian forces have reportedly taken back towns near Addis Ababa, including Shewa Robit, which were captures by the rebels last week.
The government says it will take measures against those who spread information of any military movements that were not officially published by the government, warning of unspecified consequences.
US special envoy Jeffrey Feltman says there is a notable progress in getting the Ethiopian government and the rebels to "move from a military confrontation to a negotiating process."
The terms involve rebels halting attacks, withdrawing from captured areas and recognising the legitimacy of the government.
US top envoy for Horn of Africa will hold two days of talks in Ethiopia, pushing for dialogue to end the Tigray war that has killed thousands of people and displaced millions since November 2020.
Washington is ending Addis Ababa's involvement in the African Growth and Opportunity Act due to "gross violations of internationally recognised human rights," US President Joe Biden said.
The announcement came after the Tigray rebels claimed to have captured several towns in recent days and said they were considering marching on capital Addis Ababa.
Abiy's Prosperity Party scored a landslide win in June elections that federal officials touted as the high-water mark of democratic reforms he initiated upon taking office in 2018.
Ethiopia’s Foreign Ministry says government-declared ceasefire with rebel Tigrayan forces is a work in progress after Ethiopian troops left Tigray's regional capital Mekelle on Wednesday after months of fighting.
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