Live updates: Ethiopia crisis deepens as nine groups form anti-government alliance

Rebel forces are nowhere close to the capital and claims in any other case are “propaganda,” Addis Ababa police commander Fasika Fenta informed CNN on Thursday, as fighters allied towards the central authorities push south.

In current months, fighters loyal to Tigray’s former ruling social gathering, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), have joined forces with the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA), a insurgent group preventing for the rights of individuals from Oromia, Ethiopia’s most populous area, advancing towards Addis Ababa and claiming management of a number of cities.

It is unclear whether or not the rebels have the firepower to take town and there are conflicting stories as to how shut they’re to the capital.

But Fasika stated that the teams have overstated their positions.

“TPLF and OLA are spreading propaganda claims larger than what they are actually achieving. But they are actually being repelled from the places they are in now,” stated Fasika, denouncing their claims as “lies.”

Addis Ababa is beneath safety and town continues working peacefully, he added.

A spokesperson for the OLA informed CNN on Thursday that the closest space the joint forces held was the city Gerba Guracha, which is 160 kilometers (99 miles) north of the capital. He added that it was a false impression that OLA operations in cities close to the capital imply “our area of control has reached close to the capital city. That is not the case.”

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