At least 100 civilians killed in volatile area claimed by both Somali and Afar regions, officials say, highlighting woes facing PM Abiy Ahmed that extend well beyond ongoing conflict in Tigray region.
The G-7 group of nations issued a strong statement on Friday, calling for the “swift, unconditional and verifiable” withdrawal of Eritrean troops from the region after reports of massacres and widespread sexual violence there.
Rights groups and Tigrayan residents have accused Eritrean troops of massacring hundreds of people in villages in the region.
Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed acknowledges “atrocities have been committed” in Tigray and Eritrean troops present in the region, his first such admissions of possible war crimes after fighting started between regional forces and government.
Residents in Ethiopia's northern region have told human rights groups and journalists of massacres, widespread sexual violence and indiscriminate killings of civilians by security forces in the region during the conflict.
Comments by head of PM Abiy Ahmed’s Tigray conflict task force represent an unusually stark assessment of conditions in the region, where the government asserts normalcy is returning.
Human Rights Watch says Eritrean troops shot dead "over 200 civilians" on November 28-29 alone, making Axum massacre in Tigray region one of the deadliest atrocities of the conflict so far.
A statement by Ethiopia's minister of Women, Children and Youth marks the first official acknowledgement of crimes activists say have been widespread.
UN’s special representative on sexual violence in conflict says she is greatly concerned by allegations, including “a high number of alleged rapes” in Tigrayan capital Mekele, with evidence of abuse as a weapon of war coming in via the clinics.
A looming mass hunger crisis is added to an already-grim humanitarian situation as civilians bear the the brunt of the costs of conflict
Ethiopia says its military has killed 15 members of the Tigray's former ruling party and captured eight others, included the region's former president.
Many of the hospitals in Ethiopia’s conflict-hit Tigray region have been under struck by artillery during the two months of fighting, according to the first humanitarian assessment of the devastation.
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