The Ethiopian Air Force bombed this Sunday (24) targets in the west of the rebel region of Tigre, in the north of the country, the government announced.
“Today (Sunday) the western front (of Mai Tsebri) which served as the training center and command post of the terrorist group TPFL was attacked by aviation,” government spokeswoman Selamawit Kassa said in a reference to the Front of Liberation of the People of Tigre (TPLF).
This is the seventh Ethiopian aviation bombing of Tigre since the beginning of the week. Two were executed against the region’s capital, Mekele, last Monday, for the first time since the conflict began just under a year ago, which left three children dead and several injured, according to the UN .
Another three bombings hit the regional capital and one aimed at a target 80 km from the city.
On Friday, another attack on Mekele left 11 injured and forced a UN humanitarian aid flight to return to the federal capital, Addis Ababa, according to doctors and humanitarian sources.
The UN decided to immediately suspend the weekly flights of employees to Tigre.
After several months of tension, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed mobilized the federal army in this region on November 4, 2020 with the intention of ousting dissident regional authorities from the TPLF, which controlled the Ethiopian government until 2018.
Federal forces were able to quickly take control of most of the region, including Mekele as late as last November.
In June, however, the TPLF managed to recover most of Tigre and continued the offensive in the neighboring regions of Amhara and Afar.
Intensifying fighting has heightened the humanitarian crisis, which currently affects hundreds of thousands of people.
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