Ethiopia: Government bombs kindergarten in Tigray capital

Mohamed Samir
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Ethiopian air forces bombed the capital of Ethiopia’s Tigray region on Friday. The region’s local tv station said that the attack has hit kindergarten called Red Kids Paradise in the Tigrayan capital of Mekele.

The air strike comes amid a reports of resumption of fighting between Ethiopian federal forces and Tigray fighters, after more than a year of standstill. Both sides accused each other of restarting the war Wednesday since July 2021.

Tigray Television showed graphic images of children and adults with dismembered bodies in the aftermath of the attack.
Ethiopian Government said in a Friday statement that it will “take action targeting the military forces that are the source of the anti-peace sentiment of the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF).”

It warned people in Tigray to stay away from military equipment and training facilities used by Tigray forces.
Following the attack, the Tigray government issued a statement calling the air strike “a heartless, sadistic” assault.

“This vicious regime has outdone itself with today’s deliberate targeting of a children’s building,” the statement added.

UNICEF strongly condemned the air strike in Mekelle, the capital city of the Tigray Region, Ethiopia. The strike hit a kindergarten, killing several children, and injuring others. In a press statement, UNICEF called on all parties to agree to an immediate cessation of hostilities.

The European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Janez Lenarcic also condemned the attack.

Fighting erupted in Ethiopia’s Tigray in November 2020, after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent troops to topple the region’s former ruling party, the TPLF.

The conflict has caused a humanitarian catastrophe, with the UN estimating that 5.5 million people face acute food insecurity. Over 400,000 people in northern Ethiopia are experiencing famine-like conditions – more than in all of the humanitarian crises in the rest of the world combined.

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Mohamed Samir Khedr is an economic and political journalist, analyst, and editor specializing in geopolitical conflicts in the Middle East, Africa, and the Eastern Mediterranean. For the past decade, he has covered Egypt's and the MENA region's financial, business, and geopolitical updates. Currently, he is the Executive Editor of the Daily News Egypt, where he leads a team of journalists in producing high-quality, in-depth reporting and analysis on the region's most pressing issues. His work has been featured in leading international publications. Samir is a highly respected expert on the Middle East and Africa, and his insights are regularly sought by policymakers, academics, and business leaders. He is a passionate advocate for independent journalism and a strong believer in the power of storytelling to inform and inspire. Twitter: LinkedIn: