A medical official told newsmen that 43 people were killed in an air strike in the town of Togoga in Ethiopia’s Tigray region on Tuesday, after residents said new fighting flared up north of the regional capital Mekelle.
Colonel Getnet Adane, spokesman for the Ethiopian military, did not confirm or deny the incident. Air strikes are a common military tactic, according to him, and government forces do not target civilians.
According to a woman, her husband and two-year-old daughter were injured when the bomb exploded at around 1:00 p.m.
“We didn’t see the plane, but we heard it,” she said to Shauntv on Wednesday. “When the explosion occurred, everyone ran out. After a while we came back and were trying to pick up the injured.”
According to the woman, the market was full of families, but she did not see any armed forces in the area. She said “many, many” people had been killed.
Shauntv was unable to independently verify her account. For fear of reprisals, she and other sources declined to be identified.
Medical officials confirmed 43 fatalities, citing witnesses and first responders.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s spokesperson and the head of a government task force on Tigray did not respond to requests for comment.