Ethiopian military says former federal colonels and generals who fought on the Tigrayan side were defeated. But Tigray leader says his forces have begun guerrilla-style resistance from the mountains.
Deal will allow UN aid into region of 6 million that has been cut off since fighting broke out a month ago.
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.
Human Rights Watch expresses concern over the safety of civilians, urging both sides to avoid putting civilians in danger.
Leader of Tigray rebels denies damaging airport at Axum, northwest of the main city, Mekelle, saying only obstacles were placed to block the Ethiopian army's advance.
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.
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.
The war in Ethiopia can still be stopped before it gets out of control and potentially draws in Eritrea.
Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed is being pressed behind the scenes to allow mediation on Tigray conflict that has spilled into neighbouring Eritrea and rocked wider Horn of Africa, diplomats say.
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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