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U.S. condemns Tigrayan leaders for attacking Eritrea

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo puts on a mask before boarding a plane at Istanbul Airport in Istanbul, Turkey November 17, 2020. Patrick Semansky/Pool via REUTERS

NAIROBI (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday condemned the forces of Ethiopia’s rebellious Tigray region for firing rockets at the capital of neighbouring nation Eritrea over the weekend in a major escalation of a two-week conflict.

“We urge the TPLF (Tigray People’s Liberation Front) and the Ethiopian authorities to take immediate steps to de-escalate the conflict, restore peace, and protect civilians,” he tweeted.

Reporting by George Obulutsa; Writing by Andrew Cawthorne; Editing by Katherine Houreld