Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed says the “enemy will be destroyed soon” while announcing the recapture by federal troops of areas previously held by Tigray rebel forces.
Speaking on the front line, he said the rebel Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) fighters had sustained serious casualties when the government recaptured strategic towns in Amhara region.
But the TPLF say they strategically withdrew from the areas.
Just a few days ago, the rebel fighters said they were marching to the capital Addis Ababa and on the cusp of victory.
Mr Abiy says government troops have retaken strategic towns in Amhara and Afar region that had been held by rebel forces for more than a month.
Dressed in military fatigues, he said many TPLF fighters had surrendered as his troops continued the operation to liberate more towns.
It is believed that the use of drones and a massive recruitment of soldiers have turned the tide in favour of the government.
The year-long conflict has created a huge humanitarian crisis with thousands killed and at least eight million people in urgent need of assistance.