UN plane forced to abort landing in Ethiopian city of Mekelle due to government air strike – sources (Reuters)

OCTOBER 22, 20216:29 AM

By Reuters Staff

ADDIS ABABA, Oct 22 (Reuters) – A United Nations humanitarian plane was forced to abort its scheduled landing on Friday in the regional capital of the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia due to a government air strike, two humanitarian sources in the country said.

The sources spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity.

The government confirmed earlier that it had conducted an air strike on Friday, the fourth day of aerial bombardments on the city of Mekelle this week as fighting has intensified between central government and regional forces.

(Reporting by Addis Ababa newsroom Writing by Maggie Fick Editing by Catherine Evans)

Reuters

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UN confirmed that its Humanitarian Aid flight to Tigray had to turn after Ethiopia’s military launched airstrikes

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Getachew Reda

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Statement by UN Relief Chief, Martin Griffiths, on UN humanitarian flight that forced to return to Addis Ababa due to air strikes in Mekelle

“The UN had not received any prior warning of the attacks on Mekelle and had received the necessary clearances for the flight.”

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Reaction from the Ethiopian Government

Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) https://www.ena.et/en/?p=29740

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Press statement by the Government of Tigray on the Air Strikes on the people of Tigray & UNHAS Flight, 23 Oct 2021 at 8:13am

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Subsequent Statement by the Government of Ethiopia, 23 Oct 2021 at 5:57pm

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Amanda Price, Senior producer for @AJEnglish at the United Nations

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Margaret Besheer, Voice of America United Nations Correspondent

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Joyce Karam, Senior Correspondent, The National @TheNationalNews | Adjunct Professor at George Washington University