A regional government in Ethiopia fired rockets at two airports in a neighboring state amid a deadly conflict that appears to be growing.
Two airports in Ethiopia’s Amhara state were targeted in the strikes late Friday. One, the Gondar airport, was hit and sustained damage. The second rocket missed its target, the Bahir Dar airport, but there was some damage.
Hundreds of people have been killed and well over 17,000 refugees have fled into neighboring Sudan since Ethiopian troops began fighting local forces in the northern Tigray region 11 days ago.
The conflict is the result of a months-long falling out amid dramatic shifts in power after Ethiopia’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office two years ago.
The Tigray regional government, which once dominated the country’s ruling coalition, broke away last year and the federal government now says its ruling “clique” must be arrested and their well-stocked arsenal destroyed.
Ahmed said government warplanes were bombing military