Highlights:

  • Mekelle, the capital of the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia was hit by an airstrike
  • Rebellious Tigrayan forces blamed the Ethiopian government for initiating the strikes
  • Local media reported that the air force carried out the strike

On Wednesday morning, Mekelle, the capital of the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia was hit by an airstrike, according to reports. This is the second attack in the city this week. Reportedly, the attack targeted the city center.

A media outlet controlled by Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in the region shared photographs of what appeared to be plumes of billowing smoke. However, there are no comments from the Ethiopian government or the TPLF as yet. Both sides are fighting a war for nearly a year that has claimed the lives of thousands of people and displaced over 2 million.

The reports of a strike follow two days after two airstrikes struck the city. Rebellious Tigrayan forces blamed the Ethiopian government for initiating the strikes. Nevertheless, a government official refused any strikes. Later, local media reported that the air force carried out the strike.

The news comes after intensified fighting in two other Ethiopian regions, where the central government’s military is in an effort to recover territory taken by the TPLF, which recaptured Mekelle and most parts of Tigray several months ago.

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