Tigrayan fighters make a new advance southwards as Ethiopian troops battle to secure the strategic city of Dessie.
Tigrayan forces said on Sunday they seized another strategic town in Ethiopia’s Amhara region.
The fighters captured Kombolcha and its airport, said Getachew Reda, a spokesperson for the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
The capture of Kombolcha would be a strategic gain for the Tigrayan fighters against the Ethiopian military and its allies, who are trying to dislodge the Tigrayans from the Amhara region.
It suggested the TPLF was heading closer to the Ethiopian capital.
Government spokesman Legesse Tulu rejected the claim that the TPLF captured the two strategic northern towns, saying soldiers were still battling for control.
In a statement, the US urged both sides to begin ceasefire negotiations, saying “there is no military solution to this conflict”. »