Tigray forces say Ethiopian air strike has killed 56 civilians

NAIROBI, Kenya – An air strike in Ethiopia’s crowded Tigray region has left at least 56 people dead at a camp for displaced people, a Tigray force spokesman said on Saturday, as The country’s war continues despite the government’s voice for reconciliation.

“Another merciless drone strike,” Getachew Reda tweeted, saying that civilians have fled the conflict elsewhere in the region only to become the latest victims of the attacks. Recent air strikes are said to have killed a lot of people in Tigray.

Spokesmen for the Ethiopian government and military did not respond to a request for comment on the strike, which could not be independently confirmed. Much of Tigray remains cut off from the world, with limited contact for humanitarian workers who have found their work severely limited by the government’s months-long lockdown. .
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The reports of airstrikes on the camp at Dedebit in northwest Tigray come a day after Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed delivered a conciliatory message for Orthodox Christmas after 14 months of war.

The conflict in Ethiopia turned to late December, when Tigray forces fighting the Ethiopian government retreated back to the Tigray region after approaching the capital, Addis Ababa. A military strike supported by drones repelled them.

Late last month, the United Nations humanitarian agency reported that between December 19 and 24, “air strikes on Tigray are believed to have resulted in mass civilian casualties, including dozens of People are believed to have been killed, making this the most intense series of air strikes and casualties reported since October.” It said most of the attacks and casualties were reported in towns south of Tigray.

The United Nations refugee agency on Thursday said an air strike killed three Eritrean refugees, including two children, at the Mai Aini camp the day before.

The Ethiopian government on Friday announced amnesty to some of the country’s highest-ranking political detainees, including senior Tigray party officials. The Ethiopian Justice Ministry said the amnesty had been issued “to make the upcoming national dialogue successful and comprehensive.”

Ethiopian lawmakers last month approved a bill to establish a national dialogue commission amid international pressure to negotiate an end to the war.

Tens of thousands of people are estimated to have been killed in the fighting that broke out in November 2020 between Ethiopian forces and Tigray forces that once led the country. Tigray forces say Ethiopian air strike has killed 56 civilians


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