The Tigray region of Ethiopia is under intense bombing

Fierce fighting broke out in Mekelle, the eyewitness said, two days after Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed warned that the country had entered the “final stage” of a “law enforcement” military operation in northwestern Tigray after 72 hours. the delivery deadline has expired.

Gebremichael, head of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) Debretsion, also told Reuters on Saturday that Mekelle was “under severe bombing.”

The power outage in the region has made it difficult for both parties to report claims.

International leaders have repeatedly expressed serious concern about the disruption of humanitarian access and violence against civilians during the fighting in Mekelle. About half a million people live in Mekelle, half of whom are children, UNICEF writes.

“I call on Ethiopian leaders to do their utmost to protect civilians, uphold human rights and ensure humanitarian access,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres tweeted on Wednesday.

CNN reported Nima Elbagir from London, Bethlehem Half from Nairobi, and Awad Ismael and Salah Nasir reported on the Sudan-Ethiopian border.