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Heavy fighting in Ethiopia’s Afar region has continued for the last four days causing thousands of people to flee their homes, reports say.

More than eight months of conflict between pro government forces and fighters loyal to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) recently spread to Afar.

Residents there have told the BBC of many civilian casualties.

A TPLF spokesperson has denied targeting civilians in Afar.

The Ethiopian military says it has been successful against the rebels there.

It’s impossible to independently verify these reports.

On Sunday a UN humanitarian convoy was attacked in the same region – further undermining efforts to reach hundreds of thousands of people at risk of famine in Tigray.

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