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Ten Killed In Second Day Of Airstrikes In Ethiopia



Ten Killed In Second Day Of Airstrikes In Ethiopia

On Wednesday, the second day of airstrikes in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region resulted in the de@th of ten people and at least 14 more being injured.

According to emergency workers, about five people passed away during the twin drone strikes in the residential Dagim Amsal neighbourhood of Mekelle.

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The Director of Ayder Referral Hospital, Kibrom Gebreselassie confirmed the de@th of five victims who died on the way to the hospital.

He added that some of the victims are in urgent need of major surgery, however, the hospital has no intensive care unit since it has been cut off from outside help.

“I don’t know what to do,” Kibrom said. “Am I to lose every salvageable victim because there is no oxygen or medicine?”

Another doctor at the hospital who was speaking on the condition of anonymity told the Association Press that the de@th toll could climb as more patients reach the hospital.

The strikes follow a similar drone attack on Mekelle University on Tuesday, which local Tigrayan authorities said caused several injuries and property damage.

The strikes marked the resumption of a conflict that has plagued Ethiopia for two decades. The country’s government was previously one of Africa’s most stable, but it has been in turmoil since 2018.

“The regime in Addis continues to defy any possibility for a peaceful solution through the show of force and air raids,” TPLF spokesperson Kindeya Gebrehiwot said on Twitter following Wednesday’s attacks.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government has not commented on this week’s reported bombings.

In a statement released Wednesday, deputy prime minister and foreign minister Demeke Mekonnen welcomed the TPLF’s new willingness to join cease-fire talks mediated by the African Union.

In other news in Africa, the newly sworn-in President of Kenya, William Ruto wasted no time as he started his reign as Kenya’s President by appointing six (6) judges his predecessor, outgone President Uhuru Kenyatta rejected.

While giving his first public speech the nation’s newly installed President, Ruto vowed to end a three-year impulse between the Judiciary and the Executive.

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The President signed two gazette notices appointing Weldon Korir, Aggrey Muchelule, George Odunga and Prof Joel Ngugi to the Court of Appeal, soon after his swearing-in ceremony.

High Court registrar Elizabeth Omange and chief magistrate Evans Makori as Environment and Lands Court judges were also appointed.

The two were on the list that retired President Uhuru Kenyatta declined to appoint as judges.

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