“Today the western front (of Mai Tsebri) which served as a training center and command post for the terrorist group TPLF was targeted by an airstrike.“said spokeswoman Selamawit Kassa, referring to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). This is the seventh federal army aerial bombardment on Tigray since the start of the week.
Seven bombings in one week
Two of them hit the region’s capital, Mekele on Monday, the first since the conflict began nearly a year ago, killing three children and injuring several people, according to the UN. Three more strikes hit the regional capital and another hit a target about 80 km west of the city.
A strike on Mekele on Friday left eleven injured and forced a UN aid flight back to Addis Ababa, according to doctors and humanitarian sources. The UN immediately decided to suspend its two flights per week to Tigray for its humanitarian personnel.
After months of tension, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent the federal army to the region on November 4, 2020 to oust the dissident regional authorities from the TPLF, which held power in Ethiopia until 2018. The forces Federal authorities quickly took control of most of the region, including Mekele, which fell into their hands at the end of November 2020.
But in June, the TPLF took over most of Tigray and then continued its offensive in the neighboring regions of Amhara and Afar. The intensification of the fighting has accentuated a humanitarian crisis affecting hundreds of thousands of people.