Addis Ababa: Ethiopia’s federal government has denied alleged airstrikes targeting civilian areas in and around Mekele, the capital of the Tigre region.
Getachev Reda, spokesman for the illegally banned Tigre People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), alleged in a Twitter post that the alleged airstrikes on Monday struck civilian targets inside and outside Mekele, Xinhua news agency reported.
However, the federal government of Ethiopia has denied the allegation.
Ethiopian government spokesman Legacy Tulu said the federal government would not attack its own city.
Meanwhile, the Ethiopian government revealed on Monday that at least 30 civilians were killed in an attack by rebel forces.
According to a statement by Ethiopia’s foreign ministry, forces towards the TPLF recently launched fresh attacks on the neighboring Amhara and Afar regions of the Tigre region, looting property and killing children, mothers and the elderly.
They recently targeted and opened fire on civilian villages such as Chifra and Wuchle and killed more than 30 civilians in Wuchle alone, a statement said.
The government also expressed its concern at the lack of response from the international community in condemning the TPLF’s continued atrocities.
The House of People’s Representatives, the lower house of parliament, had previously designated the TPLF as a terrorist organization.
The Ethiopian government has been conducting a military operation against the TPLF since the morning of November 4, 2020.
The Ethiopian government previously assigned an interim administration in Tigre after ousting the TPLF, which ruled the region.
However, in late June the government announced a unilateral ceasefire in the country’s conflict-hit northern Tigre regional state.
Forces loyal to the TPLF soon took control of much of the region, including Mekele.
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