Eritrean troops massacred 'hundreds' in Tigray says Amnesty International
DW, 26 Feb 2021
The human rights organization Amnesty International says it has evidence that Eritrean troops massacred hundreds of people in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region last November. It used witness accounts and satellite images to document the atrocities. The report suggests that Eritrean troops carried out war crimes in their attempts to take control from rebels in the region.
Gaining an accurate picture of events in Tigray has been difficult to impossible:
Journalists have been blocked from entering the region; phone and internet services were at times cut completely; and humanitarian organizations have struggled to get in.
A recent investigation by the Associated Press found that the perpetrators were soldiers from neighboring Eritrea - and the new report by Amnesty International backs this up.
The human rights group says it's collected evidence that Eritrean soldiers went on a rampage in Axum on the 28th of November - after an earlier attack on them by a small group of rebel fighters near St Mary's church.
Witness accounts describe them roaming the streets and shooting at fleeing civilians with automatic weapons and precision rifles.
Eritrea's government has denied its forces were involved in any massacre. After the AP investigation was published, the information minister called the story a horrendous lie:
Fighting in Tigray is said to be ongoing - and it'll be hard to verify what really happened in Axum in late November.
But in light of Amnesty International's new allegations, the Eritrean government may face fresh questions about its involvement in this bloody conflict that's playing out away from the eyes of the world.
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