Fear Of Civil War In Ethiopia
Amnesty said the killings happened on the night of 9 November.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has accused forces loyal to Tigray’s leaders of the massacre.
Its officials have denied involvement.
Reacting to that,
Tigray leader Debretsion Gebremichael told AFP news agency that the accusations were “baseless”.
Mr Abiy said that fighters backing Tigray’s ruling party,
the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), went on the rampage after federal troops had “liberated” the western part of Tigray,
“brutally” killing innocent civilians in Mai-Kadra, a town in the southwest Zone of Tigray.
On the other hand,
Witnesses blamed forces loyal to TPLF for Monday’s killings –
first reported by human rights group Amnesty International.
this would be the first large-scale killing of civilians in the fighting between government forces
and the TPLF which broke out on 4 November.
Ms Bachelet said she was “alarmed” about the situation in Ethiopia,
but added that the “first priority” was to stop the fighting and prevent further atrocities.
There has been long-standing tension between Ethiopia’s government and the TPLF,
which controls Tigray, the country’s northernmost state.
The tension has boiled over into military clashes, including air strikes by federal forces.
What Did Minister Demeke Mekonnen ?
Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen said on Friday that the military operation was going on as expected and would end “in a very short period of time”.
He added that order had to be restored and “criminals caught” before dialogue was possible.
The conflict has forced thousands of civilians to cross the border into Sudan, which says it will shelter them in a refugee camp.
The human rights group said it had confirmed that “scores, and likely hundreds, of people were stabbed or hacked to death in Mai-Kadra (May Cadera) town”.
Its a civil war resulting to life losses
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