(CNN) After weeks of deadly conflict in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has given Tigrayan forces a 72-hour deadline to surrender.
In a statement posted on Twitter Sunday, Abiy said that government forces were now "in the third and final phase" of their military operation in the area.
"We urge you to surrender peacefully within the next 72 hours, recognizing that you are at a point of no return," he added, addressing members of the local ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), directly.
Ethiopian federal forces have been at war with the regional government of Tigray , which borders Eritrea and Sudan, since the beginning of November, when Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced a military offensive including air strikes.
The conflict followed tension over Tigray's unilateral decision to elect a regional administration against Abiy's wishes.
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