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Ethiopia's Tigray region leader says fighting ongoing round Alamata

FILE PHOTO: Redwan Hussein, State Minister for Foreign Affairs and spokesperson for the newly established State of Emergency task force, gestures during a press briefing on the current situation of the country at the Prime Minister office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia November 4, 2020. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

NAIROBI (Reuters) - The local leader of Ethiopia’s Tigray region said on Tuesday that battles were still ongoing round the southern town of Alamata which federal troops said they seized the previous day.

“Yes, there is fighting around Alamata,” Debretsion Gebremichael told Reuters by text in a possible indication that the Ethiopian government’s push to take Tigray was not advancing as fast as it had indicated.

Redwan Hussein, spokesman of the government’s task force for the Tigray crisis, could not be immediately reached for comment.

Reporting by Nairobi newsroom; Writing by Andrew Cawthorne; Editing by Katherine Houreld