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.
PM Abiy Ahmed's government rebuffs African Union effort to arbitrate, saying its troops are drawing close to TPLF-held capital of northern Tigray region.
There was no immediate comment from Ethiopia’s government, which has been fighting the Tigray regional forces since a November 4 attack on a military base there.
The Ethiopian government’s statement comes a day after it issued arrest warrants for 76 military officials said to be affiliated with the Tigray leadership.
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Tigrayan leaders say they will not surrender to Abiy administration as United Nations appeals for an immediate end to clashes in Tigray region that has forced 30,000 people to flee to Sudan.
With no sign that the ongoing conflict between Abiy’s government and Tigray is dying down, trucks laden with food, fuel and medical supplies have been stuck outside the region’s borders, while bank shutdowns in Tigray have cut off access to cash.
Ethiopia accuses Tigray's rebel forces of destroying bridges connecting the regional capital Mekele with the rest of the country.
Meanwhile, a local leader of Ethiopia's Tigray region says that battles were still ongoing round the southern town of Alamata which federal troops said they seized the previous day.
There was no immediate comment from Tigray's leaders on the events in Alamata, a town near the border with Amhara regional state and around 120 km from Tigray's capital Mekelle.
Number of Ethiopian refugees fleeing violence in the northern Tigray region has reached 24,944, Sudan's SUNA news agency reports.
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