a deadly airstrike in Ethiopia

Dozens of people were killed on Tuesday when a government airstrike slammed into a busy market in northern Ethiopia, medics and witnesses said, as fighting intensified in the restive Tigray region.

In what appeared to be one of the deadliest single episodes of the eight-month civil war, 80 people were killed and 43 others wounded in the attack on the town of Togoga, according to a private report that was shared by a U.N. official in Ethiopia.

Yesterday, Tigrayan rebels struck back when fighters shot down an Ethiopian Air Forces C-130 transport plane, causing it to smash into a field about 15 miles south of the city of Mekelle, according to the rebels and witnesses.

Context: The attack pointed to an intensifying fight in Tigray, where fighters led by Ethiopia’s one-time ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, captured areas that until recently were controlled by soldiers from Eritrea. The rebels say they have captured several thousand Ethiopian soldiers and were holding them as prisoners of war.

An injured resident of Togoga receiving medical care at the Ayder referral hospital in Mekele, Tigray’s regional capital.Yasuyoshi Chiba/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

nytimes, 24-VI-21