Dec 9, 2021

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Air strikes hit Tigray capital in Ethiopia

Ethiopian armed forces hit the Tigran capital Mekele with air strikes on Monday in a new phase of the almost year-long war in the north of the country, humanitarian officials and diplomats told AFP.

They are the first to report air strikes in Mekele since the conflict broke out in November last year, although there have been more in the Tigray region.

“Air strike now in Mekele,” a city humanitarian official said via text message to AFP on the state of anonymity and describes Attacks, which were also confirmed by a second humanitarian source, two diplomats and a spokesman for the rebels.

The first air strike occurred in the morning on the outskirts of Mekele near a cement factory, the sources said / p>

The second took place around noon in the city center near the Planet Hotel 020 Target of a military operation by the government.

The TPLF said the air strikes were to inflict civilian casualties.

“Monday is market day in Mekelle and the intention is all too tangible” TPLF spokesman Getachew Reda said on Twitter.

The reports could not be independently verified and government officials were not available for comment.

Medical officers in Mekele were not available immediately to provide information on victims.

The strikes came as the government appeared to be pursuing a new offensive in the war against the TPLF, which dominated national politics before Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office in 2018 .

In the past week there have been reports of new clashes between the government and rebels in Afar, a neighboring region of Tigray, where the fighting has also spread.