Tigray: Ethiopian rebels claim full control of the capital, Mekele

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Eyewitnesses confirmed the advance of the rebel forces and the control of several towns and the expulsion of government forces from them

Former governors of Ethiopia’s Tigray region said they were conducting “clearance” operations on Tuesday against the Ethiopian government forces withdrawing from the capital, Mekele, and that the city was back in “100 percent” control.

“25 minutes ago the active clashes in Mikkele ended,” Getachew Reda, a spokesman for the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, told Reuters news agency by phone on Tuesday morning.

He added: “Our forces are still in strong pursuit in the south and east.”

There was no comment from the Ethiopian Prime Minister or the Ethiopian army as of this writing.

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