Ethiopian Tigray capital is hit by a new airstrike; children among the dead

After several days of strikes in the Tigray region last week, a new strike hit the capital on Thursday. A Tigray spokesperson stated that six people, including children, were killed as the year-long conflict intensifies.

Ethiopian Tigray capital is hit by a new airstrike; children among the dead

Legesse Tulu, a government spokesperson, told The Associated Press that the airstrike hit a Mekele site used by Tigray rival forces to repair and make weapons. According to him, the site is part of a Mefsin Industrial Engineering compound that was also struck last week.

Nahusenay Belay, a Tigray spokesperson, denied that the airstrike struck a military target. He said that it struck a "civilian dwelling," killing six people and injuring more than twenty. He said that three children were among those who died.

Photographs from the scene showed rescuers removing bodies from the debris.

Ethiopia's government claims that airstrikes were limited to military targets. However, Tigray forces claim that they targeted civilian facilities such as clinics and factories.

Despite international appeals for a ceasefire, fighting is still ongoing in Ethiopia's neighbouring Amhara region.

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