Earlier Reuters reported that two explosions had hit the Ethiopian cities of Bahir Dar and Gondar in the northern state of Amhara amid the escalation of tensions in the nearby state of Tigray.
Rockets were fired at the direction of Bahir Dar and Gondar in Ethiopia’s Amhara state, which neighbours the Tigray region where the national defence force is fighting local troops, late on Friday, according to the government’s emergency task force.
The statement added that the attack had caused damage to an airport at Gondar, while another rocket aimed at the Bahir Dar airport missed the target. There’s no information about casualties so far.
The Ethiopian government has accused Tigray forces of behing behind the rocket attack.
The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF)said the Tigray Defence Forces launched missile strikes in retaliation for airstrikes conducted by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s forces in various parts of the state.
Spokesperson for the TPLF Getachew Reda has warned that “as long as the attacks on the people of Tigray do not stop, the attacks will intensify”.
Earlier, Amhara’s communication office said that two explosions occurred in Bahir Dar and Gondat late on Friday.
What is Happening in Ethiopia?
Last week, Ethiopia’s central government accused the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, the ruling party in the northern Tigray region, of attacking a local military base, a claim the party denies.