The Ethiopian military has launched co-ordinated assaults on all fronts towards forces from the northern Tigray area, the rebels say.
They mentioned the federal government was utilizing artillery, tanks, jets and drones in an try to “reinvade” the area.
A senior insurgent supply mentioned Tigray forces had been holding their floor.
The Ethiopian authorities has not confirmed any preventing, and a communications blackout makes impartial verification inconceivable.
A senior member of the Tigray Individuals’s Liberation Entrance (TPLF), Getachew Reda, mentioned the federal government offensive launched final week was now in “full swing”.
Requested if a floor offensive had been launched, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s spokeswoman Billene Seyoum mentioned the federal government had a accountability to guard its residents throughout the nation from acts of terrorism however gave no additional particulars.
The 11-month battle has prompted a humanitarian disaster, with the United Nations warning that about 400,000 individuals had been dwelling in famine-like situations in Tigray in July.
1000’s of individuals have been killed within the battle, and one other two million have been pressured to flee their properties.
Troublesome to justify an offensive
Evaluation by Kalkidan Yibeltal, BBC Information, Addis Ababa
The Ethiopian authorities has not confirmed experiences of a significant offensive towards the Tigray rebels, however a mobilisation of the nation’s forces and allied militia over the previous few months left little doubt that a large operation was within the offing.
With elections out of the way in which and the wet season at its finish, Prime Minister Abiy appears focussed on a navy resolution to the long-drawn out battle.
The conflict has already taken its toll on the nation: hundreds have been killed, tens of millions displaced and a whole bunch of hundreds are dealing with famine.
However each side have despatched combined indicators about their willingness to just accept a peaceable decision.
It should, nonetheless, be a troublesome process for Mr Abiy to justify one other main offensive at a time when his authorities is dealing with a whole lot of worldwide stress to open talks with the rebels.
The Ethiopian military took management of most of Tigray in November 2020, after TPLF forces seized a navy base.
In June 2021, the rebels recaptured Tigray in a shock assault, after which moved into components of neighbouring areas like Amhara.
Ethiopia has declared the TPLF a terrorist organisation, however the TPLF insists that it’s the authentic authorities in Tigray.
Tigray – the fundamentals
Since 1994, Ethiopia has been divided into states, now numbering 10; they’re outlined on ethnic grounds by the structure and described as largely autonomous, however with central establishments
In 2018, following anti-government protests, Abiy Ahmed took over as prime minister and launched reforms
Highly effective politicians from Tigray, Ethiopia’s northernmost state, accused Mr Abiy of attempting to extend federal energy
Relations worsened and, after the federal government accused Tigrayan rebels of attacking navy bases, the Ethiopian military moved in in November, backed by Eritrean troops
Mr Abiy declared the battle over in late November, however preventing has continued
Mr Getachew mentioned the present offensive was happening in cities in Amhara area, and in addition concerned Amharan regional forces preventing alongside the military.
The Tigray forces’ assertion says “a whole bunch of hundreds of normal and irregular fighters” have been fielded within the present assault.