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New airstrike hits the capital of the Tigray region in Ethiopia

Ethiopian forces launched an airstrike Thursday on Mekella, the third in the regional capital of Tigray this week, as the government tries to weaken the Tigrayan forces they have been fighting for almost a year.

A Legesse Tulu spokesman told reporters that the airstrike was targeted at the Tigrayan Forces training center. He said the base was previously used by Ethiopian troops in the area.

Nothing is known about the victims yet.

Almost a year ago, war broke out between Ethiopian forces and the Tigray Popular Liberation Front, which ruled Ethiopia for three decades but now only controls the northern Tigray region.

There has been no large-scale fighting in Mekella since June, when Ethiopian forces withdrew from the area and Tigray’s forces regained control of much of the region. After that, the conflict continued to spread to the neighboring regions of Amhara and Afar.

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Tigray’s forces said last week that the Ethiopian military launched a ground offensive to drive them out of Amhara and reclaim territory they lost months ago.

UN spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters on Tuesday that UN colleagues “are alarmed by the escalation of the conflict and have once again reminded all parties to the conflict of their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure.”

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