US News Amnesty International denounces massacre of civilians in Tigray

23:20  26 february  2021
23:20  26 february  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Selon les survivants interrogés par Amnesty, les troupes éthiopiennes et érythréennes ont pris le contrôle d’Aksoum le 19 novembre. © AFP According to survivors interviewed by Amnesty, Ethiopian and Eritrean troops took control of Axum on November 19.

The human rights organization believes that the mass executions of civilians in November could be crimes against humanity.

The evidence is overwhelming and leads to a frightening conclusion. Ethiopian and Eritrean troops have committed multiple war crimes in their offensive to take control of Axum ", says Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International's regional director for East and South Africa.

These crimes allegedly took place in Aksum, an ancient and holy city in northern Tigray. The Ethiopian province has been ravaged since November 4, by fighting against the forces of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF). These clashes saw the Eritrean army supporting the Ethiopian forces.

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Eritrean troops have gone on a rampage and methodically killed hundreds of civilians in cold blood, which appears to constitute crimes against humanity. This atrocity is among the worst documented to date in this conflict », believes Amnesty .

According to forty-one survivors and witnesses interviewed by the NGO, Ethiopian and Eritrean troops took control of Axum on November 19. During the nine days which followed, the Eritrean army engaged in generalized looting and extrajudicial executions , affirms Amnesty which identified the names of more than 240 victims, without however being able to verify in any way this assessment is independent since access to Tigray is restricted.

This figure matches with the testimonies of other inhabitants according to whom several hundred people were buried after the massacre ”and who“ attended funerals in several churches where dozens of them were buried , underlines Amnesty. Satellite images show traces of possible mass graves near two churches.

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