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Ethiopian federal forces bombed Mekelle, the capital of Tigray, on Tuesday night, hitting several targets, including a hospital and reportedly killing several people, reports said.
Initial reports said that three drone strikes were dropped on Mekelle, killing several civilians, including children. The reports added that Mekelle general hospital was one of the main targets and that several others were hit as well.
Activists said that the bombs were dropped in a very crowded area with no military activities, warning that the number of dead people could be high. But Today News Africa has not been able to confirm many facts as the incident had just occurred.
It is the second time that Ethiopian forces have bombed Tigray in just days since the resumption of the conflict about a week ago. The first airstrike last week killed about four people and injured at least 10 others. Mekelle, the capital of Tigray, is home to half a million people.
At a news conference earlier on Tuesday, the spokesperson of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) Getachew Reda blasted the international community for not doing enough, asserting that they are failing to hold the Ethiopian and Eritrean governments accountable.
The United States, the European Union and several international organizations have called on the Ethiopian and Eritrean governments to lift the blockade on Tigray which has sealed off about six million people for more than 21 months.
This article will be updated as more facts become available.