BREAKING: 17 people, mostly aid workers killed in an airstrike in Ethiopian Tigray region

The government has previously denied targeting civilians in the 14-month conflict with rebellious Tigrayan forces. (File/AFP)

At least 17 people, primarily women, were killed and dozens injured in an air attack in Ethiopia's northern district of Tigray, two relief workers told Reuters, citing local authorities and eyewitnesses.

This follows a Friday airstrike in Tigray that killed 56 people and injured 30, including children, in a displaced person camp. US President Joe Biden discussed human losses and suffering caused by air attacks with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Monday.

Colonel Getnet Adane, the Ethiopian military's spokesperson, and Legesse Tulu, the government's spokesperson, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Mai Tsebri strike.

Previously, the government denied targeting civilians during the 14-month conflict, which pits Abiy's federal forces and regional allies, supported by Eritrea, against the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF).

Abiy's nomination as Prime Minister in 2018 brought an end to the TPLF's 27-year reign of terror over Ethiopia's central government. However, the party retained power in Tigray, where the conflict began in November 2020.

Each side accuses the other of wrongdoing. The TPLF accuses Abiy of centralizing power at the expense of the regions, which he denies, while Abiy accuses the TPLF of pursuing national re-election, which the TPLF rejects.

Publish : 2022-01-11 18:42:00

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