Heavy fighting has broken out in several areas in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray between rebels and federal troops, reports say.
The rebel Tigray Defence Force (TDF) said it had seized several towns, where witnesses have told the BBC they have seen its fighters patrolling.
The federal Ethiopian army dismissed the claim, saying it was fake news.
This is the most serious fighting since November, when the Ethiopian government declared victory in the conflict.
Thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced in the war that started almost eight months ago.
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