On 22 June 221, an airstrike targeted a market in Togoga town, located approximately 60 km (35 mi) west of Mekele — the capital of the northern Tigray region. According to local officials and eyewitness accounts, dozens of civilians were killed and several more were injured. Media reports, citing medical personnel, reported at least 80 civilian fatalities. Medical workers also alleged that soldiers blocked their access to the site, although the military denied impeding ambulances. A military spokesperson claimed that the airstrike neutralized terrorists in the region.

Additionally, the region continues to experience a humanitarian crisis that was heavily exacerbated by fighting between the federal government and the former regional government known as the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which began in November 2020. More than 2 million people have fled their homes, and several humanitarian agencies estimate that at least 350,000 people in the region have no access to food or other basic necessities.

Analyst Comment: The latest attack in the Tigray region occurred immediately following the parliamentary election, which took place in most regions on 21 June. The vote count remains ongoing. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed — who ousted the TPLF as the region’s ruling party, prompting the conflict — is seeking reelection.