Fresh Ethiopian air force strikes hit Tigray region

One of the strikes hit a military command post and training center belonging to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) — the region’s ruling party — in the city of Mai Tsebri, according to Legese. A second strike targeted the town of Adwa where Legese alleged the TPLF were manufacturing military equipment and fake Ethiopian National Defense Forces uniforms.The strikes are part of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed major offensive against the TPLF, which began last year. The Ethiopian air force has carried out seven air strikes in Tigray in the past week, and the United Nations said three children had been killed in an airstrike Monday.The government — which faces accusations of war crimes — recently stepped up airstrikes in the Tigray capital of Mekelle after fighting escalated in the neighboring region of Amhara where the TPLF has seized territory. The TPLF dominated Ethiopian politics for decades as the most powerful group in a multi-ethnic coalition, but the party has clashed with Abiy’s government after he came to power in 2018. Abiy sent central government troops who drove the TPLF out of Mekelle late last year. But forces allied to the TPLF launched a counter-attack this year, recapturing Mekelle and nearly all of Tigray, and seizing swathes of Amhara.CNN’s Eliza Mackintosh, Gianluca Mezzofiore and Barbara Arvanditis contributed to this report.