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Drone strikes kill 19 in Ethiopia’s Tigray

ADDIS ABABA (AFP) – Nineteen people have been killed in drone strikes in Ethiopia’s Tigray over the past two days, aid workers and hospital officials told AFP on Tuesday, the latest reported attacks in the war-stricken region.

In the deadliest strike on Monday in the southern Tigray town of Mai Tsebri, 17 people working at a flour mill lost their lives, said one of the humanitarian workers, citing witness accounts.

The aid worker said dozens of people were also injured and 16 donkeys killed.

“A witness told me that the drones came and hovered a bit before dropping bombs.

Then people panicked but after some minutes everyone heard huge shouting and they went to the scene to see that women and donkeys died.”

In another strike on Tuesday, two people were killed and dozens injured in Hiwane, south of Tigray’s capital Mekele, according to an official and a doctor from the city’s main hospital.

The attacks came after dozens of people were reported killed and many more injured in a drone strike on Friday on a camp in northwestern Tigray for people displaced by Ethiopia’s brutal 14-month-old conflict.

It was not possible to independently verify the reports because access to Tigray is restricted and it remains under a communications blackout.

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