The Ethiopian government says its forces have claimed control of numerous strategic towns previously held by Tigrayan rebels.

Government forces have broken a rebel defence line and recaptured several towns in north-western Amhara Regional State, according to Ethiopian state television.

Gains by the military in Afar and Amhara would be a blow to Tigrayan forces, who had threatened to either march southwards on the capital, or eastwards and threaten a road linking landlocked Ethiopia to the port in Djibouti.

The military campaign, now being led in person by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, was registering resounding victories, according to Communication Service Minister Legese Tulu.

The claims cannot be independently verified.

The rebel Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) is yet to respond.

Source: BBC

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