Thu | Nov 26, 2020

Official: Latest air strike hits Tigray university

Published:Friday | November 20, 2020 | 12:15 AM

NAIROBI (AP):

A university official says the latest air strike by Ethiopia’s military has struck the school in the capital of the defiant Tigray region and caused major damage, while the United States says neither side in the conflict is heeding calls for de-escalation.

The senior official described Thursday’s air strike in an email shared with The Associated Press. It was not immediately clear if anyone was killed or wounded in the air strike in Mekele.

“How on earth” can a government bombard its own people? the senior official asked.

There was no immediate comment from Ethiopia’s government, which has been fighting the Tigray regional forces since a November 4 attack on a military base there. Both sides have carried out air strikes. Each regards the other as illegal, the result of a falling-out between Nobel Peace Prize-winning Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the Tigray leaders who once dominated the country’s ruling coalition.

With communications to the region severed, no one knows how many people have been killed, and verifying either side’s claims is challenging.

“At this point, neither party, from what we hear, is interested in mediation,” the top US diplomat to Africa, US Assistant Secretary of State Tibor Nagy, told reporters on Thursday evening.