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.
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
Ethiopian soldiers arrested nine members of Tigray People’s Liberation Front, which led the region until being overthrown last year. The ongoing military campaign has left nearly 2.3 million people, or half of the population, in need of aid.
Some 2.3 million children in Ethiopia’s Tigray region are unable to receive humanitarian assistance, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund.
The convoy arrived as the United Nations expressed growing alarm over the plight of Eritrean refugees in Tigray and appealed for urgent access.
Ethiopia is rejecting calls for independent investigations into the deadly fighting in its Tigray region, saying it “doesn’t need a baby-sitter."
Aid workers are warning Tigray region is on cusp of a crisis with a shortage of food, medication and body bags.
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