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Tigray Conflict in Ethiopia Intensifies, Casualties Reported, Airstrikes Launched

The Tigray conflict has escalated in Ethiopia as the country’s military said it launched air raids in the region against the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

The Tigray conflict has escalated in Ethiopia as the country’s military said it launched air raids in the region against the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

The TPLF said Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s federal forces have launched more than 10 air raids against them recently. 

“These fascists have demonstrated they will show no mercy in destroying Tigrayans by launching more than 10 airstrike attempts in Tigrayan cities,” said the TPLF.

Casualties have been reported in clashes between the national military and TPLF but are unverified after the internet and phone lines were cut in the Tigray region. 

The Ethiopian military announced that it has seized the airport near the town of Humera as they continue to fight against the TPLF forces.

Ahmed defended that Ethiopia was not descending into “chaos” or civil war despite the ongoing military operation.

Amid the ongoing tensions, the African Union (AU) called for an immediate ceasefire while neighboring Sudan has deployed forces to their shared border.

“The chairperson [Moussa Faki Mahamat] appeals for the immediate cessation of hostilities and calls on parties to respect human rights and ensure the protection of civilians,” said the AU bloc.

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