Ethiopia’s air force bombed the Tigrayan capital of Mekelle in the country’s north on Monday, local residents told Voice of America (VOA).
The bombing came as the nation’s federal government continues to resist international pressure for mediation in a war with the Marxist separatist Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
“[T]he bombing demolished homes and partially damaged student dormitories at St. George’s Church Felege Hiwot school [in Mekele],” witnesses told VOA.
TPLF leader Debretsion Gebremichael told Reuters that the bombing killed two civilians and wounded a number of others, but no independent sources could confirm his claims.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (pictured above, center) ordered his country’s military to conduct airstrikes on and launch a ground offensive against Tigray’s local rulers on November 4 for defying his authority. The Nobel Peace Prize recipient accused the TPLF of “crossing the last red line” after an attack on a government military camp,” the East