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Witnesses: Airstrike in Ethiopia's Tigray kills more than 50


Finbarr O'Reilly, New York Times

Tsalat Ashaber, weeps as she waits for doctors in Mekelle to operate on her 2-year-old daughter, who suffered a perforated abdomen during a government airstrike in Togogo, Ethiopia on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. Dozens of people were killed after an airstrike hit a busy market in northern Ethiopia on Tuesday, according to three doctors and a United Nations official, as fighting renewed in the restive Tigray region and vote counting got underway after parliamentary elections.

NAIROBI, Kenya - An airstrike hit a busy market in Ethiopia's northern Tigray village of Togoga on Tuesday and killed at least 51 people, according to health workers who said soldiers blocked medical teams from traveling to the scene.

An official with Tigray's health bureau told The Associated Press that more than 100 other people were wounded, more than 50 seriously, and at least 33 people were still missing. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of concerns about retaliation.

The alleged airstrike comes amid some of the fiercest fighting in the Tigray region since the conflict began in November as Ethiopian forces supported by those from neighboring Eritrea pursue Tigray's former leaders. A military spokesman and the spokeswoman for Ethiopia's prime minister, Billene Seyoum, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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