The United Nations has received alarming reports of aerial attacks in the residential areas of Tigray’s capital, Mekelle in Ethiopia, on Monday morning local time.

Speaking to reporters in New York, the UN Spokesperson said the UN Organization was still trying to verify the details, but it is worried about the potential impact on civilians who reside or work in the affected areas. 

According to Stéphane Dujarric, the Secretary-General is “deeply concerned” over the escalation of the conflict in northern Ethiopia.

Fighting erupted in Tigray nearly a year ago between the Ethiopian military and forces of the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the main political force in region.

Thousands are feared killed amidst allegations of widespread human rights abuses, with more than two million forced to flee their homes.  

Over the past few months, humanitarian needs have grown, amid killings, looting and destruction of health centres and farming infrastructure, including irrigation systems that are vital to the production effort, according UN News.

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