EU says drone strikes risk Ethiopia ‘fragile hope’

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The European Union has said drone strikes in a major city in Tigray, northern Ethiopia, endanger “a very fragile hope” for peace.

The Tigray’s People Liberation Front blamed the Ethiopian government for the attack.

At least 10 people were killed and 18 were left injured by drone strikes on Wednesday, according to doctors in the city of Mekelle

In a statement, the EU urged warring parties to waste no time to end the violence and find a negotiated permanent ceasefire.

But it also said that the role of Ethiopia’s northern neighbour, Eritrea, continues to impede peace efforts.

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Tigrayan forces accuse Eritrea of supporting Ethiopian government troops in the recent fighting.

A top Tigrayan general said Eritrean and Ethiopian soldiers have controlled a Tigrayan border town – despite his fighters’ scoring of battlefield victories in multiple other fronts.

Neither the Ethiopian nor Eritrean governments have commented on the claims.

Renewed clashes have already impacted humanitarian efforts to aid civilians inside Tigray – where millions are in desperate need of help – with the delivery of supplies into the region now suspended.

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