Ethiopia: Army says it is in control of Tigray capital
30 November 2020 | 4:20 pm
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has announced that his army is now "fully in control" of the regional capital of Mekele. It remains unclear whether leaders of the rebellious Tigray People's Liberation Front have surrendered.
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France on Tuesday became the latest country to advise citizens to leave war-torn Ethiopia as Tigrayan rebels claimed to be advancing closer to the capital Addis Ababa.
Fighting continues in Ethiopia, where rebel groups are advancing on the capital Addis Ababa. While much has been said about the northern front, where the army is at war with the Tigray Defense Forces (TDF), another armed group – allied to Tigrayans – is fighting from the south and west of the country. The Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) now controls a large swathe of territory. Together, the TDF and OLA plan to topple the government and take over the capital. The government accuses these rebel groups of committing crimes against civilians, including several massacres. Our regional correspondent reports.
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