Ethiopia’s Tigray rebels fire rockets into Bahir Dar city, regional government says

Bahir Dar city

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia’s Tigray rebel forces fired rockets into the city of Bahir Dar in the Amhara region on Friday but caused no damage, the regional government said.

The conflict in northern Ethiopia has killed hundreds over the past two weeks, sent 33,000 refugees into Sudan, and called into question whether Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed – Africa’s youngest leader and last year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner – can hold his ethnically divided nation together.

The northern-based Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) effectively ruled Ethiopia for decades as the strongest force in a multi-ethnic coalition, until Abiy took power two years ago.

“The illegal TPLF group have launched a rocket attack around 1:40 a.m. in Bahir Dar,” the regional government’s communications office said on its Facebook page.

“The rockets have caused no damage.”

Amhara state has sent troops into Tigray in support of Abiy.

Ethiopia said on Thursday it was closing in on Mekelle, the capital of Tigray region.

Africa’s second most populous nation of 115 million people, Ethiopia is a federation of 10 states run by separate ethnic groups. The latest war has pitted the central government against one of the most heavily militarised regions.

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  1. The latest news is that patriotic citizens of Tigray who have been suffering under the yoke of those darasaas of Marx, Lenin and Mao for more than three decades have formed provincial administration in the areas liberated by the gallant forces and fire spitting patriots of Tigrayans, Amharas, Oromos, Somalis, Afars, Sidamas, Gambelas and more than 80 harmonious groups of Allah Blessed people.

    I still couldn’t find my white flag! Hey you! That is my white flag! Give it me! No? Help!!! Thief! Thief! Call the police for me!!! Getachew is robbing me of my white flag!!! You can catch him cuz he can’t run with his fat $$$ and ballooning pork belly!!!

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