Tigray rebel forces have withdrawn from the neighbouring region of Afar in Ethiopia, Getachew Reda, spokesperson for the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, told the Reuters news agency on Monday, adding that he hoped it meant that desperately needed food aid could finally arrive in the Tigray region. The police commissioner in Afar, however said Tigrayan forces had withdrawn from the town of Abala but were still in three of the region’s districts and were in control of the highway between Abala and Tigray’s capital Mekelle. Al Jazeera meanwhile reports that there was no immediate comment from the Ethiopian government and it was unclear if the pull-out was negotiated with Addis Ababa.