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New airstrike in Ethiopia’s Tigray capital

It follows several days of strikes last week.

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Residents sift through rubble from a destroyed building in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia (AP Photo)

Residents sift through rubble from a destroyed building in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia (AP Photo)

Residents sift through rubble from a destroyed building in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia (AP Photo)

A new airstrike hit the capital of Ethiopia’s Tigray region on Thursday following several days of such strikes last week.

A Tigray spokesman asserted that six people including children were killed, as the year-long war intensifies.

Government spokesman Legesse Tulu told The Associated Press the airstrike targeted a site in Mekele city used by rival Tigray forces to make and repair weapons.

He said the site forms part of a compound belonging to Mefsin Industrial Engineering, which was also hit last week.

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Rubble from a destroyed building in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia (AP Photo)

Rubble from a destroyed building in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia (AP Photo)

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Rubble from a destroyed building in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia (AP Photo)

Tigray spokesman Nahusenay Belay denied that the airstrike hit a military target and said it struck a “civilian residence”, killing six people and wounding more than 20. Three children were among the dead, he said.

Photos from the scene appeared to show rescuers pulling bodies from debris.

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Ethiopia’s government has asserted that the latest airstrikes have been confined to military targets, but Tigray forces have asserted that civilian facilities including factories and a clinic have been targeted instead.

Meanwhile, fighting continues in Ethiopia’s neighbouring Amhara region after the government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched a ground offensive there earlier this month, despite international calls for a cease-fire.


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