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An airstrike hits the Ethiopian capital of the Tigray region: hospital staff | Conflict News

Kibrom Gebreselassie, director of Ayder Hospital in the Tigray region, said the hospital had received one injured person.

An airstrike hit the capital of Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, a hospital official said.

Kibrom Gebreselassie, chief executive of Ayder Hospital, said the hospital received one injured person on Tuesday

He told Reuters news agency that the person who brought the patient said the targets of the attack were the commercial campus of Mekelle University and the regional government-run Dimtsi Weyane TV station. of Tigray.

Ethiopian military spokesman Col. Getnet Adane and government spokesman Legesse Tulu did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The developments come days after Ethiopian rebels in Tigray declared their readiness to participate in African Union (AU)-led peace talks, removing an obstacle to possible talks with the government to end nearly two years of fighting.

There was no immediate comment on the announcement from the Ethiopian government, which has long insisted that any peace process must be brokered by the Addis Ababa-based AU.

Until recently, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) had vehemently opposed the role of AU envoy for the Horn of Africa Olusegun Obasanjo, protesting his “closeness” to the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

The announcement came amid a flurry of international diplomacy after fighting erupted in August for the first time in months in northern Ethiopia, torpedoing a humanitarian truce.

Fighting broke out between Tigray forces and central government forces around the town of Kobo. The fighting marked the end of a ceasefire observed since March.

Since November 2020, when Abiy sent troops to Tigray, fighting has displaced millions, plunged parts of the region into famine and killed thousands of civilians.