The strike, which cannot be independently verified, comes two days after Tigray rebels declared themselves ready to participate in African Union (AU) mediated peace talks with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government after a war. which lasts from November 2020.
“Abiy Ahmed’s drones targeted the Adi Haki campus of Mekélé University,” Getachew Reda, a spokesman for the Tigray rebels, said on Twitter.
Another spokesman for the rebels, Kindeya Gebrehiwot, also said that Mekélé University had been “bombed”, causing injuries and material damage.
Kibrom Gebreselassie, head of a hospital in the Tigray region, also said on Twitter that Mekélé was hit “by a drone strike” early in the morning.
“One victim arrived at Ayder hospital. The total number of victims is not yet known,” he wrote.
Journalists have no access to northern Ethiopia and telecommunications networks operate in a very haphazard manner, making independent verification impossible.
The Ethiopian government has not yet officially reacted.
The fighting in northern Ethiopia has been fought on multiple fronts since hostilities resumed after a five-month lull on August 24, for which both sides blame each other.
The rebels accuse the Ethiopian and Eritrean armies of having launched a joint offensive from Eritrea, a country that borders on northern Tigray and has already given a hand to Ethiopian forces during the first phase of the conflict.
– “Opportunity” for peace –
The Tigray rebels said they were ready for AU-mediated talks with the Ethiopian government on Sunday. The international community, including the United Nations and the US Secretary of State, called on Monday to seize the “opportunity” for peace in Ethiopia.