At least 56 people were killed in an airstrike against an IDP camp in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, according to Reuters.
There were at least 30 others injured in Friday night’s bombing, two aid workers told the news agency, citing local authorities and eyewitness accounts.
The workers, who asked not to be named because they were not allowed to speak to the press, sent Reuters photos of people injured at the hospital, including many children.
One of them went to Shire Shul General Hospital, where the injured were treated, and said the camp was hosting many elderly women and children.
“They told me the bombs arrived at midnight,” said the worker. “It was pitch dark and they couldn’t escape.”
The camp that was affected by the strike is in the northwestern town of Dedebit, near the border with Eritrea, and the number of victims has been confirmed by local authorities, they said. indicated.
The government has been accused of targeting civilians in the 14-month conflict with Tigrayan rebel forces – something it has previously denied.
Military spokesman Col. Getnet Adane and government spokesman Legesse Tulu did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The attack comes after the government pledged to enter into dialogue with political opponents, with state broadcaster reporting on Friday that several opposition leaders have been released from prison.
Some leaders of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Tigray (TPLF), the party fighting the government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, were reportedly among those released.
The move has been hailed as the most important breakthrough since the start of the Tigray War.
“The key to lasting peace is dialogue,” a statement from the government’s communications office said. “One of the moral obligations of an overcomer is mercy.”
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he welcomed “a significant improvement in humanitarian access to all areas affected by the year-long conflict”.