Air strike hits capital of Ethiopia's Tigray for third time this week

Air strike hits capital of Ethiopia
# 20 October 2021 22:23 (UTC +04:00)

Ethiopian government air strikes hit the capital of the northern Tigray region on Wednesday, the third such attack this week in a stepped up a campaign to weaken rebellious Tigrayan forces in an almost one-year-old war, APA reports quoting Reuters.

Tigrai Television, controlled by the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), said the attack targeted the centre of the city of Mekelle but it gave no details of casualties or damage.

Ethiopia's government said it targeted buildings where Tigrayan forces were repairing armaments.

The TPLF has "been adept at hiding munitions and heavy artillery in places of worship and using ordinary Tigrayans as a human shield", government spokesman Legesse Tulu said.

Two witnesses and a humanitarian source in Mekelle told Reuters that the strike appeared to have targeted Mesfin Industrial Engineering PLC, a factory complex in the city which the government believes supports the TPLF.