Ethiopia’s Mekelle Hit by Air Strikes

Mekelle, the capital of northern Ethiopia’s Tigray region, was hit by hit by airstrikes on Monday, regionally controlled television reported.

Tigrai Television, controlled by the region’s Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), reported that the airstrikes had injured several civilians. An aid worker and a diplomat also disclosed that there were airstrikes in Mekelle.

A spokeswoman for Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Billene Seyoum did not immediately respond to requests for comment

Over the past eight months, the conflict has led to thousands of deaths, displaced 1.7 million people, and led to charges of atrocities including ethnic cleansing and horrific sexual violence mostly committed by government forces and their allies.

More than 5 million people, the great majority of Tigray’s population, urgently need assistance, United Nations and local officials say. Fighting has displaced 1.7 million people from their homes, and more than 63,000 have fled to Sudan.

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