Fierce fighting has been reported in Amhara, Ethiopia. This is the latest sign that the war that broke out in the Tigray region in November is expanding.
Federal and Amharic regional forces were involved in the fight against Tigray’s rebels on three fronts, Amharic officials told the BBC.
This is despite the government saying that the one-sided ceasefire declared last month has not been suspended.
All sides blamed each other for escalating the conflict.
The situation has intensified since the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) rebels regained most of Tigray in June with a spectacular attack on the armed forces.
Authorities across the country are mobilizing to participate in the fight, and rallies are held nationwide to encourage people to participate.
Tigray’s food supply, with an estimated 400,000 people living in famine, will be cut off on Friday. United Nations World Food Program (WFP) warned..
According to WFP, all roads from the Amharic region to the west and south of the war-torn northern state to Tigray remained closed.
Last week, the only aid route through the Afar region, which borders Tigray and the east, became inaccessible after being attacked by the WFP fleet.
State broadcasters said the military and its allies had “annihilated” rebels in the fighting in Afar last week. There is no independent confirmation of this claim.
Some WFP aid trucks in Afar set out to go to Tigray, where the United Nations is seeking basic services such as power restoration.
Tigray rebels have called for a negotiated ceasefire, including the complete withdrawal of Eritrean troops that have fought with Ethiopian troops since November.
The TPLF was the ruling party of Tigray until it was expelled by the Armed Forces in November. It has been designated as a terrorist organization by the Ethiopian government. However, rebels say they are the legitimate local government of Tigray.
The TPLF’s occupation of the federal military base in Tigray triggered the invasion, which failed over the prime minister’s political reforms.
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