Rebels in Ethiopia’s war-hit Tigray Region have carried out operations against pro-government troops in the neighbouring Afar region, a spokesman said Sunday, opening a new front in the widening eight-month conflict. The AFP news agency reports that a state media report published on Saturday night accused the TPLF, which the government deems a terrorist organisation, of blocking aid into Tigray via Afar using “heavy shelling” and “heavy artillery.” Rebel spokesman, Getachew Reda, however, while confirming that fighting occurred, denied any aid delivery had been disrupted.