Ethiopia has taken full control of the capital of the region of Tigray, including the airport, public institutions, and local administrative offices, following the completion of military operations in the country's northern region, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed stated yesterday.
"I am pleased to share that we have completed and ceased the military operations in the Tigray region," Abiy said in a tweet, after announcing earlier that "the federal government is now fully in control of the city of Mekelle."
Abiy added that the police will continue apprehending leaders of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF).
"We now have ahead of us the critical task of rebuilding what has been destroyed; repairing what is damaged; returning those who have fled, with utmost priority of returning normalcy to the people of the Tigray region," he said.
However, Debretsion Gebremichael, the leader of the TPLF forces, refused to concede, saying that the TPLF was not giving up and will continue to fight.
"Their brutality can only add [to] our resolve to fight these invaders to the last," he said.
Abiy ordered Ethiopian troops to attack Mekelle on Thursday after a 72-hour period granted for the TPLF forces to surrender ended.
Around 44,000 refugees fled to Sudan and thousands of people are estimated to have died during the fight, which began on November 4, after the Ethiopian premier ordered a military response to an attack on federal army camps in Tigray.