Ethiopian fighter jets have bombed the capital of the restive Tigray state, several sources have said, as the federal government resisted international pressure for mediation in the conflict with forces loyal to the regional governing party. Debretsion Gebremichael, leader of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, said at least two civilians had been killed and several wounded, telling Reuters in a text message that while Mekelle had been bombed, the town of Alamata in southern Tigray had been hit by a drone attack. Al Jazeera reports that Ethiopia’s task force said earlier that federal troops had “liberated” Alamata, about 120km from Mekelle, but with internet and telephone communications mainly down and media barred from reporting from the northern region, it is not possible to independently verify assertions made by all sides.