One killed in new airstrike in Tigray, Ethiopia: hospital

One person was killed on Friday in a fresh airstrike in Ethiopia’s rebel-held Tigray, the region’s biggest hospital said, ending a month Clashes between pro-government forces and Tigrayan fighters resumed.

The return to hostilities on August 24 disrupted the March truce and dashed hopes for a peaceful settlement of the nearly two-year war between Prime Minister Abiy Ahmedthe Russian government and the People’s Front for the Liberation of Tigray (PFLO).

Tigray’s authorities announced this month that they were ready to participate in African Union (AU)-brokered talks, removing a key obstacle to talks with Abia’s government.

But fighting has only escalated in the weeks since airstrikes hit the northern region and Ethiopia’s ally Eritrea crossed the border to join the battle against its old enemy, the TPLF.

“There was a drone attack around 5:30 this morning. A 60-year-old man died.” Kybrom Gebrselassiea senior official at Ayder Hospital in Tigray’s capital Mekele, told AFP in the message.

“One dead body has arrived at Ayder Hospital following a drone attack in Mekele town around Desta Hotel,” the hospital said on Twitter.

Since the last clashes, 17 people have died airstrikes in Tigrayincluding a fatality on Friday, according to hospital officials.

AFP could not independently verify the claims. Access to northern Ethiopia is severely restricted and Tigray has been under a communications blackout for over a year.

Since the war broke out in Africa’s second most populous country, countless civilians have been killed and serious violations of civilian rights have been documented on all sides.

On Monday, UN investigators accused Abia’s government of possible crimes against humanity in Tigray, including using famine as a weapon of war, by blocking aid to the region of six million people.

Addis Ababa rejected the report of the Commission of Experts on Human Rights on Ethiopia with its Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Zenebe Kebedetelling AFP that his findings were “contradictory and biased.”

The commission said it found evidence of massive violations on all sides.

The TPLF ruled Ethiopia for decades before Abiy came to power in 2018 and is considered a terrorist group by Addis Ababa.

Abiy, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, sent troops to Tigray in November 2020 to target the TPLF in response to what it said were attacks on federal army camps.

But the TPLF recaptured most of Tigray in a surprise comeback in June 2021.

It then spread to neighboring Afar and Amhara regions before the fighting reached a stalemate. One killed in new airstrike in Tigray, Ethiopia: hospital

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