The US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman has warned an escalation of the fighting in Ethiopia is threatening any progress towards negotiating a ceasefire.
Following a visit to Ethiopia, Jeffrey Feltman said both Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) seemed to believe they were on the cusp of military victory.
Mr Feltman warned that if the Tigrayan rebels moved on the capital, Addis Ababa, it would be unacceptable and catastrophic, BBC News reports.
France and Germany have urged their citizens to leave Ethiopia as soon as possible.
The US and UK have issued similar advisories recently and the UN has begun evacuating some international staff and their families.