The Ethiopian army’s air strikes on Mekele, the capital of the Tigray region, forced a plane carrying aid supplies to turn around on Friday. Martin Griffiths, the top man responsible for coordinating emergency aid at the United Nations, reported this.
The UN plane was on its way to Mekele, but due to the air strikes the plane returned to the capital, Addis Ababa. Griffiths said the United Nations was now “deeply concerned about the safety of aid workers who are helping civilians in need.” The UN was allowed to fly and received no advance warning of the fighting in Mikkeli.
In the northern region of Ethiopia, after about a year of conflict, about 400,000 are in severe famine. Griffiths, the UN under-secretary-general, said he was “extremely concerned” with the continuing attacks on Michele.
Recently, the Ethiopian army launched a new offensive against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front. Emphasis has been placed on the regional capital on several occasions. According to the rebel group, civilians were killed and wounded.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government has been in conflict with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) 11 months ago. The Prime Minister, the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, sent the army into the region on November 4, 2020 to expel the dissident authorities of the People’s Liberation Front. He accuses them of attacking military bases.
The Amhara region to the south of Tigray, where the Tigray People’s Liberation Front rebels launched an offensive in June, is said to have fought fierce battles for control.
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