An airstrike hits the capital of the Tigray region – health official

An airstrike hit the capital of Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray on Tuesday, a hospital official said.

The airstrike came days after the Tigray regional government said it was prepared for a ceasefire and would accept an African Union-led peace process in its war with the central government that erupted in November 2020.

Kibrom Gebreselassie, director general of Mekelle’s Ayder Hospital, said the hospital had received one injury.

Getachew Reda, spokesman for the Tigray regional government, confirmed the incident, saying the Mekelle University business campus had been hit.

Gebreselassie said the person who took the wounded man to hospital said the attack had hit the business campus and the Dimitsi Woyane TV station, which runs the Tigray regional government.

Ethiopian army spokesman Colonel Getnet Adane and government spokesman Legesse Tulu did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Tigray’s forces have accused Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of centralizing power at the expense of Ethiopia’s regions, something Abiy has denied.

Abiy has accused the tigress forces – led by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, which used to dominate national politics – of trying to regain power, which they have denied.

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