Airstrikes Hit Capital of Ethiopian Tigray Region

    Photo: AFP [via France 24]

    The Facts

    • Kibrom Gebreselassie, chief executive of Ayder Referral Hospital, said on Twitter that an area near Mekelle General Hospital in the capital of Ethiopia's northern Tigray region was hit in an airstrike late on Tuesday.

    • While the extent of damage and casualties remains unclear and difficult to fully verify, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) - the party that controls Tigray - claimed Tues. to have repelled an offensive against its troops and launched a counteroffensive.

    The Spin

    Establishment-critical narrative

    It was clear that the central government would seek to break the truce as it has continued its brutal siege of Tigray. Even with the ceasefire in effect, Addis Ababa restrained humanitarian aid deliveries in order to make the people of Tigray and the regional government capitulate.

    Pro-establishment narrative

    Though the TPLF may be able to fool the international media, in reality, they were undoubtedly the instigators of the renewed fighting. It was the government that proposed the truce in the first place and has offered peace to the terrorist TPLF on a number of occasions, but it has refused to negotiate.

    Cynical narrative

    Both sides are to blame for this conflict, which has seen civilians suffer the most. Human rights abuses have been committed by both the central government and Tigrayan rebels, including war crimes and crimes against humanity. Even though the number of casualties in Ethiopia's war dwarfs those of other conflicts, the media has consistently ignored the suffering of the Ethiopian people.

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