Witnesses in Ethiopia report that the country’s air force bombed the capital of the northern Tigray region on Monday, as the United Nations says the growing conflict has forced more than 25,300 refugees to flee into neighboring Sudan.
Residents in Mekele explained that the bombing demolished homes and partially damaged student dormitories at St. George’s Church Felege Hiwot school.
Debretsion Gebremichael, leader of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), told news agency that at least two civilians had been killed on Monday and a number of others wounded. There was no independent confirmation of the claims.
Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen said on Monday that the government was doing all it could to safeguard civilians.
“The government will take responsibility” for the safety of civilians, he told in a meeting with members of the diplomatic corps and representatives of foreign organizations in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa.