UN rights office decries Ethiopia airstrikes, says 108 killed this month

The UN human rights office (OHCHR) on Friday expressed alarm at "multiple, deeply disturbing reports" of airstrikes in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, saying at least 108 civilians had been killed since the start of January.

Liz Throssell, an OHCHR spokesperson, described numerous attacks, including on a private minibus, an airport and a camp for displaced people, saying that at least 59 people died in the camp strike, making it the most lethal one.

"At least 108 civilians have reportedly been killed and 75 others injured since the year began as a result of airstrikes allegedly carried out by the Ethiopian air force," Throssell told Geneva-based journalists.

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said later on Friday that he was "heartbroken by the suffering of the Ethiopian people," appealing again for the parties to stop fighting.

"All people who need humanitarian aid must receive it as quickly as possible. It's time to start dialog and reconciliation," he posted on Twitter.