Fresh airstrike in Tigray kills at least one person

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MEKELLE – One person was killed in a fresh air strike on Ethiopia’s rebel-held Tigray on Friday, the region’s biggest hospital said, capping a month of renewed clashes between pro-government forces and Tigrayan fighters.

 

The return to combat on August 24 shattered a March truce and dashed hopes of peacefully resolving the nearly two-year war between Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

Authorities in Tigray announced this month they were ready to participate in talks mediated by the African Union (AU), removing a key obstacle to negotiations with Abiy’s government.

But fighting has only escalated in the weeks since, with air strikes pounding the northern region and Ethiopia’s ally Eritrea crossing the border to join the battle against its old foe, the TPLF.

“There was a drone attack this morning around 5:30 am. A 60 year old man was killed,” Kibrom Gebreselassie, a senior official at Ayder Referral Hospital in Tigray’s capital Mekele, told AFP in a message.

Source : AFP

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