The Ethiopian government says the National Defence Force has been making progress in its military action against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front TPLF in the restive Tigray Regional State.
The Ethiopian National Defence Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Birhanu Jula, told journalists in Addis Ababa on Friday said that tthe army which started its operation in the western front has taken control of Dansha, Baeker and Maikadar.
He said within a short time they entered Kafta Humera Tho there is no independent confirmation of the claims.
The National Defence Force started marching on the capital of the Tigray region Mekelle on Tuesday after a deadline for rebel forces to surrender passed.
The state-owned Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) quoted Gen. Jula as saying the army has also taken control of Sheraro via Adi Goshu and Adi Nibreid as well as Gozomon.
Gen. Jula said on the southern front that the army took control of Waja and Alamata while it took Chercher and Mehoni on the eastern front.
Gen. Jula also said that he people of Tigray have been warmly welcoming the army wherever they reached.
And people have been surrendering the weapons they were given by the TPLF to attack the national defence force.
He also explained that the people are playing a crucial role in locating hidden weapons of the TPLF, who are destroying bridges, roads and other infrastructure.
The TPLF at the weekend fired rockets at the Eritrean capital, Asmara, after accusing the neighbouring country of assisting the Ethiopian Army.
Tigray is located in northern Ethiopia and the clashes broke out earlier this month following the reported takeover of an army base, prompting the Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, to launch a military offensive.
The Addis Ababa government says the Federal intervention is a mechanism of protecting and defending the constitutional order.
Some 30,000 Ethiopians have been forced to flee the fighting with the UN saying that some 4,000 people a day are streaming into Sudan.
According to UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric, families and children are sleeping in the open.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is also warning that a full-scale humanitarian crisis is unfolding as thousands of refugees flee ongoing fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region each day to seek safety in eastern Sudan an influx unseen over the last two decades in this part of the country.
Prior to the Tigray escalation, dozens of people in western Oromia region were killed and injured in attacks.
The Ethiopian Federal Government has also declared a six-month state of emergency in the Tigray Region, whose government is controlled by the TPLF.
The TPLF has accused Prime Minister Ahmed, who is from Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group, the Oromo, of forcing them out of the government and security posts since taking office in 2018.