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© Reuters. Sudanese navy officer retains guard as Ethiopians who fled battle in Tigray area, collect to obtain aid provides from the World Meals Programme on the Fashaga camp on the Sudan-Ethiopia border in Al-Qadarif state

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ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – The Ethiopian navy plans to make use of tanks to encircle Mekelle, the capital of northern Tigray area, and is warning civilians it might additionally use artillery on the town, state media reported on Sunday.

“The following phases are the decisive a part of the operation, which is to encircle Mekelle utilizing tanks, ending the battle on mountainous areas and advancing to the fields,” Colonel Dejene Tsegaye, a navy spokesman, informed the state-run Ethiopia Broadcasting Company.

The battle erupted on Nov. 4 after what the federal government described as a shock assault on federal troops by forces from the Tigray Folks’s Liberation Entrance (TPLF), the political occasion that controls Tigray.

Data on the combating is extraordinarily patchy and claims by all sides are laborious to confirm as a result of telephone and web communication to the area has been down for the reason that battle started.

Each side say federal forces have taken Adigrat, 116 kilometres (72 miles) north of Mekelle.

Dejene mentioned civilians in Mekelle, which has a inhabitants of half one million, ought to concentrate on the hazard.

“Thus far, we had been solely attacking targets which the junta fighters had been stationed however within the case of Mekelle it is likely to be totally different,” he mentioned, referring to the TPLF.

“We wish to ship a message to the general public in Mekelle to save lots of themselves from any artillery assaults and free themselves from the junta. The junta is now shielding itself throughout the public and the public should isolate itself from the junta.”

“After that, there’ll no mercy.”

TPLF forces weren’t instantly obtainable for remark.

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