Ethiopia on Thursday carried out an airstrike on the northern region of Tigray killing six people and injuring 21, according to the hospital in the region and rebel sources.
The Tigrayan government said that the airstrike hit a factory with military equipment while the forces said the bombing also battered the residential area.
A local doctor told Reuters how he witnessed six civilians being dragged out of the debris and he couldn’t identify whether they were alive or not. He has also confirmed that the airstrike hit the residential Kebele 5 area, according to the news agency.
A spokesman of Tigray People’s Liberation Front Getachew Reda said that the rebel’s air defence units responded to the fighter jet and also confirmed that the area named Mekele, where the factory is located, was affected.
The Tigray Communications Affairs Bureau reported the same number of casualties and the information about the damaged residential area.
The government spokesperson, Legesse Tulu, when asked to put a comment on civilian deaths replied online: “There is not any intended deliberate harm on civilians and their properties. The airstrike successfully hit its target.”
The claims of both sides are impossible to verify properly due to the communication blackout and access for journalists being restricted.
Ethiopia has been repeatedly committing strikes towards the Tigrayan region in a bid to free the territory dwelled by TPLF.
The UN said that on October 18 three children were laid dead and several people were injured as a result of two strikes on Mekele.