Gov’t Refutes Media Misrepresentation about Airstrikes in Mekele

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Addis Ababa October 24/2021 /ENA/ The Ethiopian Air Force had conducted an airstrike on Friday on a former ENDF military base, now a training base and a battle network hub of the TPLF terrorist group in Mekelle, the capital of Tigray Regional State.
On the same day, two UN aid planes licensed by the Federal Government of Ethiopia returned to Addis Ababa after being denied permission by local air traffic controllers to land in Mekelle, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

As UN spokesman Stephanie Dujarric reportedly said too, the planes had been cleared by federal authorities but received instructions to abort landing by the Mekelle airport control tower.

However, the Ministry stated that some media outlets and organizations have misrepresented that the aid planes returned to Addis Ababa due to airstrikes in Mekelle.

Some of these outlets have also echoed the TPLF talking points blaming the airstrike for targeting civilians and educational institutions, it added.

The Ethiopian Air Force carried out the airstrikes with extreme caution targeting only communication and military training facilities used by the terrorist group, the Ministry indicated.