Prime Minister for Ethiopia has made a claim that the Western Tigray region has been “liberated” after a week-long fighting, while United Nations agencies warn of a dire humanitarian situation worsening by the day.
The Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Twitter on Thursday that “The Western region of Tigray has been liberated,”
“The army is now providing humanitarian assistance and services. It is also feeding the people,” he indicated.
With communications down and media barred, independent verification of the status of the conflict was impossible.
Fears over a spiraling battle are mounting since the federal government’s decision to embark last week on a military campaign after it leveled accusation against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which rules the mountainous northern state, of attacking sections of federal military stations.
Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Adow, reporting from the capital Addis Ababa said that ; “The fighting is still going on between ground troops on both sides, with air strikes targeting fuel and arms depots that have caused significant casualties on both sides,”
He continued that “The government said it will not stop the operation until it reaches its objectives of ensuring that TPLF are disarmed, their leadership brought to justice and any fugitives apprehended.”