The Ethiopian military will begin the “final phase” of an offensive in the northern Tigray region, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said in a statement, hours after an ultimatum for the Tigrayan forces to surrender expired. Al Jazeera quotes Abiy as saying in a statement that the army has been ordered to move on the embattled Tigrayan capital, Mekelle and warning its residents to “stay indoors”. The statement by the prime minister’s office means tanks and other weaponry can now close in on the city of some half a million people with his government having previously warned of “no mercy” if residents do not move away from the Tigray leaders in time.