Tigray rebels mobilise to fight Amhara militia – reports

Rebel forces in Ethiopia’s Tigray region are preparing for a new conflict with militia from the neighbouring Amhara province, reports say.

Eyewitnesses in Tigray have spoken about long convoys of fighters loyal to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) heading westwards, the UK’s Guardian newspaper reports.

Amhara militia have supported Ethiopia’s federal troops, who last week declared a unilateral ceasefire and pulled out of Tigray’s regional capital Mekelle and dozens of other towns.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed initially said the withdrawal was a strategic move, but he later confirmed it was to avoid further casualties. The conflict has left thousands of people dead and millions homeless

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