The Ethiopian army and allied forces have launched a second day of ground attacks as part of a fresh military offensive against Tigray rebels.
According to a senior member of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), Getachew Reda, thousands have perished in the renewed fighting and the rebel forces are “holding their ground and more”.
The rebels control the Tigray region and had advanced to neighbouring Amhara region where the fighting is reportedly taking place.
An earlier statement by rebel forces alleged the government had launched an offensive on them on all fronts aided by air strikes and drone attacks.
The federal government has largely been silent but a statement by its National Defence Forces on Monday accused rebel forces of spreading lies and attempting to simultaneously play victors and victims.
“It must be known that if our defence forces begin a full offensive in accordance with their own plan, that will be carried out even before [the rebels start] complaining about being attacked,” the statement reported by state media read.
Fresh fighting is exacerbating the already dire humanitarian situation in Tigray and other areas impacted by the war.