Family members killed in Amhara attack

At least five members of a single family including a child were killed by heavy artillery in Debretabor town in Ethiopia’s Amhara state, a local official has told the BBC.

“A father and a neighbour’s child who was there during the attack were injured,” Kelemework Mihrete said of the Thursday attack.

Officials claim TPLF rebels from neighbouring Tigray state carried out the attack. The group has not commented on the allegation.

TPLF rebels, who have been fighting the government since November last year, have expanded the conflict beyond Tigray, displacing hundreds of thousands of civilians in Afar and Amhara regions.

Mr Kelemework said four separate sites including homes and a hospital in the town were hit during Thursday’s attack.

Earlier this month, TPLF rebels were accused of killing close to 240 people, including 107 children, who had sheltered in health centres and schools in Afar.

Rebel spokesperson Getachew Reda denied the accusation and called for an independent investigation into the incident.

The rebels have made significant gains since June.

There is however concern that the war, which has already killed thousands and displaced hundreds of thousands, will intensify as the government prepares to reverse its losses.

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