The Ethiopian government said on Tuesday that its troops had achieved significant victories on the eastern and western fronts of its war against Tigray’s leaders and that its army was marching to the region’s capital Mekelle.
“The junta’s force is now withdrawing, and the army is marching to bring the TPLF (Tigray People’s Liberation Front) junta to justice,” said a statement from the government’s working group on the Tigray conflict.
Tigray’s leaders were not immediately available for comment.
Earlier in the day, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned the forces in Ethiopia’s rebel Tigray region for firing rockets at the capital of the Eritrean neighborhood over the weekend in a grand escalation of a two-week conflict.
“We call on the TPLF (Tigray People’s Liberation Front) and the Ethiopian authorities to take immediate action to calm the conflict, restore peace and protect civilians,” he tweeted.