SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 2 August 2021, Monday |

Air strike kills at least 43 in Ethiopia’s Tigray, says medical official

At least 43 people has died in an air strike in the town of Togoga in Ethiopia’s Tigray region on Tuesday, a medical official told Reuters, after residents said new battle had flared in recent days north of the regional capital Mekelle.

Ethiopian military spokesman Colonel Getnet Adane, neither confirmed nor denied the incident. He said air strikes were a common military tactic and that government forces do not target civilians.

According to a woman who said her husband and 2-year-old daughter had been wounded, the bomb hit a market at around 1 p.m.

“We didn’t see the plane, but we heard it,” she told Reuters on Wednesday. “When the explosion happened, everyone ran out. After a time we came back and were trying to pick up the injured.”

The market had been full of families, without any armed forces in the area, the woman said. “Many, many” people had been killed, she said.

Reuters could not independently verify her account. She and other sources asked not to be identified for fear of reprisals.

The medical official confirmed at least 43 fatalities, citing witnesses and first responders.

A spokesperson for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the head of a government task force on Tigray did not respond to requests for comment on the incident.