The Ethiopian military will begin the "final phase" of an offensive in the northern Tigray region, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said, hours after an ultimatum for Tigray forces to surrender expired. "The last peaceful gate which remained open for the TPLF clique to walk through has now been firmly closed," Mr Abiy said. African envoys went to Ethiopia to plead for peace yesterday, hours before the ultimatum was to expire. "Our National Defence Forces have carefully devised a strategy to bring the TPLF criminal clique to justice without harming innocent civilians, heritage sites, places of worship, development institutions and property," he added. In Tigray, satellite images showed Ethiopian troops in the ancient town of Axum and trenches dug across the local airport's runway.
Source: Ethiopian News November 26, 2020 07:35 UTC