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Ethiopia’s cabinet announced a state of emergency on Tuesday 2nd November after Tigrayan rebels took two key towns in an apparent push towards the capital, according to state-affiliated media.
According to Fana, lawmakers are expected to ratify the bill within 24 hours.
The TPLF has seized possession of two strategic cities about 400 kilometers (250 miles) south of Addis Ababa in recent days, and has not ruled out moving on the capital, which has seen no fighting so far.
The government has denied TPLF territorial gains, which, if true, would be a major strategic breakthrough.
Much of northern Ethiopia is cut off from the outside world, and journalists have limited access, making combat statements difficult to verify independently.
Residents in Addis Ababa were urged to register their firearms and prepare to protect their neighborhoods earlier Tuesday.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed dispatched troops into Tigray a year ago to jail and disarm the TPLF, citing attacks on army barracks as the reason for the move.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner for 2019 predicted a quick triumph, but by late June, the rebels had regrouped and reclaimed the majority of Tigray.
They then launched offensives on the neighboring Afar and Amhara regions.
The escalating conflict has alarmed the international community, with Western countries renewing calls for an immediate ceasefire and the African Union to mediate peace negotiations between the warring groups.