Ethiopia: an air strike kills 17 civilians

A crowded marketplace in northern Ethiopia A crowded marketplace in northern Ethiopia Lesly Derksen on Unsplash

11 January 2022

Civilian casualties and suffering continue in Africa’s second-most populous nation

In the Tigray region, hostilities persist, as does the humanitarian crisis. The latest airstrike was launched on 11 January in the town of Mai Tsebriin, killing 17 civilians, mostly women, according to local authorities. This aggression is just one of many that have been taking place in Ethiopia for a long time. As recently as 7th January, a drone attack on a camp for displaced people led to the death of at least 56 people, including children, according to aid workers. The Tigray region is one of ten semi-autonomous federal states organised along ethnic lines in Ethiopia. The clash pits the Ethiopian government against rebel forces of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) who are claiming power. The ongoing conflict has killed tens of thousands of people and been marked by abuses, including massacres and rape. The continuing threat of air raids has led humanitarian organisations to suspend their operations in the area, the UN humanitarian agency said.

President Joe Biden, in a phone call with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, expressed his concerns about the continuing humanitarian crisis. The two leaders "discussed ways to accelerate dialogue toward a negotiated ceasefire, the urgency of improving humanitarian access throughout Ethiopia, and the need to address human rights concerns of all affected Ethiopians, including worries about the detentions of Ethiopians under the state of emergency,", according to a  White House’s statement.


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Author: Eleonora Lombardi; Editor: Jasmina Saric

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