The Ethiopian army has launched coordinated attacks on all fronts against forces from the northern Tigray region.
They said the government was using artillery, tanks, jets, and drones in an attempt to “reinvade” the region.
Meanwhile, a senior rebel source said Tigray forces were holding their ground. The Ethiopian government has not confirmed any fighting, and a communications blackout makes independent verification impossible.
Asked if a ground offensive had been launched, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s spokeswoman Billene Seyoum said the government had a responsibility to protect its citizens across the country from acts of terrorism but gave no further details.
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By Jane Uwa