Ethiopia: airstrike hits playground in Tigray, killing at least seven

An airstrike on a children’s playground has killed at least seven people in the capital of Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, medical officials there said, in the first such attack after a four-month-old ceasefire collapsed this week.

The officials said three children were among the dead but a federal government spokesperson denied any civilian casualties.

The airstrike on Mekelle on Friday took place two days after fighting broke out again between the national government and Tigrayan forces on the border of the Tigray and Amhara regions, shattering the ceasefire.

Tigrai Television, controlled by the regional authorities, blamed the federal government for the strike. No other military aircraft operate in Ethiopian airspace.

The Ethiopian government subsequently urged residents of Tigray to stay away from military facilities, saying it intended to “take actions to target the military forces”.

Kibrom Gebreselassie, chief executive of Ayder hospital, said on Twitter the hospital…

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This article was written by Reuters in Nairobi and originally published on www.theguardian.com