Government says it targeted facilities to make and repair weapons in Mekelle. Rival Tigray forces deny the site was related to weapons, calling it a garage "with many old tires."
“Reports of deadly air strikes on the Tigrayan regional capital Mekele were an 'absolute lie' by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front,” said Legesse Tulu, head of the Government Communication Service.
"Some 18,600 children under the age of five in Tigray have been admitted for treatment for severe acute malnutrition from February to August this year compared to 8,900 in 2020, a 100% increase," says UN.
Ethiopia’s national army, alongside special forces of the northern Amhara region, launched a coordinated offensive early on Monday, says a Tigray People’s Liberation Front spokesperson.
While 80 aid trucks reached Tigray during the week ending Tuesday, badly needed medical supplies "were not allowed," says a report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Abiy's Prosperity Party scored a landslide win in June elections that federal officials touted as the high-water mark of democratic reforms he initiated upon taking office in 2018.
Abraha Desta served in that federally-appointed administration as the head of the Bureau of Social Affairs of Tigray. He is the highest-ranking official from the interim administration to be arrested.
Tigray is facing a near-blockade by the Ethiopian government on deliveries of food, fuel and other humanitarian supplies, and children are reportedly dying of famine.
Eritrean government forces and Tigrayan militias have engaged in killings, rape, and other fatal assaults against refugees, says a new HRW report.
Ethiopia isn’t a failed state, but it’s critically weak. Despite the aggravated state of near-survival and against the odds, Ethiopians have been resilient.
UN official says that a "de facto aid blockade" was exacerbating the humanitarian crisis in Tigray and that millions of people were on the brink of hunger.
Survivors were gang-raped while held captive for weeks on end while others were raped in front of their family members during the Tigray war. Amnesty International says brutality "amounts to war crimes."
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