Air strike hits capital of Ethiopia’s Tigray area

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NAIROBI (Reuters) -An air strike hit Mekelle, the capital of Ethiopia’s northern Tigray area, on Tuesday, wounding not less than one particular person, an area hospital official mentioned.

The air strike occurred two days after Tigray’s regional authorities mentioned it was prepared for a ceasefire with out preconditions and would settle for an African Union-led peace course of to attempt to finish its struggle with the central authorities, which erupted in November 2020.

The Ethiopian authorities has not but supplied an official response to the talks and ceasefire supply by the Tigray Individuals’s Liberation Entrance, the occasion that governs Tigray.

Kibrom Gebreselassie, the chief govt officer of Mekelle’s Ayder Hospital, mentioned the hospital had obtained one wounded particular person from Tuesday’s air strike.

He mentioned the one that introduced the wounded particular person to the hospital mentioned the strike hit the enterprise campus of Mekelle College and Dimitsi Woyane TV station, which the regional authorities runs.

Getachew Reda, spokesperson for the regional authorities, mentioned on Twitter (NYSE:) that the enterprise campus had been hit by drones.

Ethiopian navy spokesperson Colonel Getnet Adane and authorities spokesperson Legesse Tulu didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.

The air strike is the third to hit Mekelle because the battle re-erupted late final month, ending a five-month lull in hostilities. All sides has blamed the opposite for the resumption of combating.

The Tigrayan regional authorities’s assertion on Sunday backing the AU-led peace course of was described by worldwide powers as a possible breakthrough.

Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo, who has been tasked by the AU with mediating between the 2 sides, met with the American envoy to the Horn of Africa area, Mike Hammer, on Monday, in accordance with a tweet by Djibouti’s former ambassador to Ethiopia, Mohamed Idriss Farah, who additionally attended the assembly.

The TPLF dominated nationwide politics for practically three many years till Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed got here to energy in 2018.

The TPLF has accused Abiy of centralising energy on the expense of Ethiopia’s areas. Abiy denies this and has accused the Tigrayan forces of attempting to reclaim energy, which they’ve denied.

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