Ethiopian Air Force strikes hit Tigray region on Sunday – .

Ethiopian Air Force strikes hit Tigray region on Sunday – .

One of the strikes hit a military command post and training center belonging to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Tigray (TPLF) – the region’s ruling party – in the town of Mai Tsebri, according to Legese.

A second strike targeted the town of Adwa where Legese alleged that the TPLF was manufacturing military equipment and fake Ethiopian National Defense Forces uniforms.

The strikes are part of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s major offensive against the TPLF, which began last year. Thousands of civilians have since been killed, while more than 2 million have been displaced.

The TPLF denied that the Ethiopian Air Force hit military targets in Tigray on Sunday, and instead said the strikes targeted a hospital and a textile factory.

“Abiy Ahmed’s air force has indeed targeted a local hospital in May Tsebri,” TPLF spokesman Getachew Reda said. tweeted Sunday.

“Ironically, they also targeted what little remains of Almeda Textike in Adwa,” he wrote. “The textile factory was totally destroyed by the Ethiopian-Eritrean forces months ago. “

Getachew further contradicted Legese, claiming that “no military targets” had been hit.

Communications are disrupted throughout Tigray and it was not possible to immediately reach the TPLF, humanitarian sources or witnesses on the ground for comment.

The Ethiopian Air Force carried out seven airstrikes in Tigray in the past week, and the United Nations said three children were killed in an airstrike on Monday.

The government – which faces war crimes charges – recently stepped up its airstrikes in Tigray’s capital, Mekelle, after fighting escalated in the neighboring Amhara region where the TPLF captured the territory .

The TPLF dominated Ethiopian politics for decades as the most powerful group in a multi-ethnic coalition, but the party clashed with Abiy’s government after it came to power in 2018.

Abiy sent central government troops who drove the TPLF out of Mekelle late last year. But forces allied with the TPLF launched a counterattack this year, retaking Mekelle and almost all of Tigray, and seizing entire swathes of Amhara.

CNN’s Eliza Mackintosh, Gianluca Mezzofiore and Barbara Arvanditis contributed to this report.


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