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UN children’s agency comments on airstrike in Ethiopia — Analysis

UNICEF condemned the attack on a kindergarten that killed at least two children.

The UN children’s agency, UNICEF, has condemned a fresh outbreak of violence in the African nation of Ethiopia witnessing a conflict between the federal troops and local militias in the northern region of Tigray. The UN agency was angered by an airstrike that killed four children in Tigray’s kindergarten over the weekend.

“UNICEF strongly condemns the air strike in Mekelle, the capital city of the Tigray Region, Ethiopia,”The agency issued a statement Saturday urging all parties involved in war to end hostilities as soon as possible.

“Yet again, an escalation of violence in northern Ethiopia has caused children to pay the heaviest price. This conflict has been a constant struggle for nearly two years. Children and families from the area have suffered the pain. It must end,”UNICEF has also been added.

According to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, an airstrike by federal troops struck a residential neighborhood in Mekelle. It also destroyed a Mekelle kindergarten. The head of the local hospital said that at least four victims died from the attack. Two children were among them. Other victims were nine. The death toll was seven according to a local radio station.




The Ethiopian government denies attacking civilian targets, but instead accuses the TPLF and the TPLF for staging the attack. “Dumping false body bags in civilian areas.”To provoke international outrage. These claims cannot be independently confirmed.

The alleged strike came just days after violence erupted in Ethiopia’s northern region following a five-month ceasefire. On Wednesday, both sides of the conflict accused each other of attacking each other as fresh offensives were launched along Tigray’s southern border.

Officials from the west condemned the new outbreak of violence, which was also condemned by Janez Lenarcic (EU Commissioner for Crisis Management), and Vicky Ford, the UK Africa Minister. Lenarcic urgedAll parties agree to begin peace negotiations while Ford calledStrikes in Tigray “appalling.”

Tedros Adhanom Gobreyesus (the WHO chief), is himself Tigrayan.  saidHe was “At a loss of words”The sight of “horrifying images”Mekelle condemned the attack, “barbaric.”

In November 2020, a political strife between the newly formed broad alliance of regional ethnic political parties led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the TPLF, which itself was once part of Ethiopia’s ruling coalition, led to a military conflict that has been lasting ever since.

According to the UN, at least 304 civilians died in the airstrikes that took place in the past three months in northern Ethiopia.

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