WorldEthiopia announces new airstrikes against FPLT targets in Tigray

Ethiopia announces new airstrikes against FPLT targets in Tigray

AA / Addis Ababa / Siham El Khouly

Ethiopia announced on Tuesday that it had launched new airstrikes against a “Popular Front for the Liberation of Tigray” (FPLT) installation in the town of Maqli, in the center of the Tigray region, in the north of the country.

Government spokesman Legesse Tulu told local website Addis Standard that the airstrikes “targeted a training center of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Tigray, established on the outskirts of an area known as Kuwait ”, about two kilometers from the international airport“ Alula Abba Nega ”in Maqli.

The Ethiopian federal forces have been carrying out raids for nearly two weeks against sites and installations which they claim are linked to the “Popular Front for the Liberation of Tigray” and are used to train its members and to repair damage. ‘weapons.

The latest developments in Tigray come about a year after clashes that erupted on November 4, 2020 between the Ethiopian army and the FPLT, when government forces entered the area in response to an attack targeting a military base.

On the 28th of the same month, Addis Ababa announced the end of a “policing” operation by taking control of the entire region, despite reports since then of repeated human rights violations in the country. Tigray, where thousands of civilians were reportedly killed.

Observers estimate that the conflict has led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians, more than 60,000 of whom have fled to Sudan, while Khartoum says their number has reached 71,488 refugees.

* Translated from Arabic by Mourad Belhaj

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