Eritrean troops killed more than 100 civilians in Tigray: says Ethiopian Human Rights Commission

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(Source: Al Jazeera) –

Ethiopian Human Rights Commission says the soldiers killed the civilians in Axum in late November.

The rights commission spoke to dozens of witnesses who said Eritrean troops shot unarmed civilians and fired on those who tried to collect their bodies[ Eduardo Soteras/AFP]
The rights commission spoke to dozens of witnesses who said Eritrean troops shot unarmed civilians and fired on those who tried to collect their bodies[ Eduardo Soteras/AFP]

The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission says Eritrean soldiers killed more than 100 civilians in a November massacre in war-torn Tigray that may amount to crimes against humanity.

The findings released on Wednesday by the government-affiliated but independent Ethiopian Human Rights Commission corroborate separate investigations by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch into the same killings in the historic town of Axum.

“Information collected during this preliminary investigation confirm that during the two days of November 28 and November 29, grave violations of human rights were committed and that in Axum, over one hundred residents… were killed by Eritrean soldiers,” the commission said.

“As these grave human rights violations may amount to crimes against humanity or war crimes, it underscores the need for a comprehensive investigation into overall human rights situation in Tigray region.”

The latest report comes after Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed admitted for the first time that Eritrean troops had crossed the border into Tigray, and suggested they may have been involved in abuses against civilians.

Ethiopia and Eritrea had for months flatly denied the involvement of Asmara’s forces in the conflict, and described reports of their alleged atrocities in the region as misinformation and propaganda.

The EHRC conducted a fact-finding mission to Axum, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in late February and early March after earlier attempts to reach the town were “impeded by the security situation”.

Hospitals looted

The rights commission spoke to dozens of witnesses who said Eritrean troops shot unarmed civilians and fired on those who tried to collect their bodies.

“Eritrean soldiers went door to door asking women ‘where their husbands or children were’ telling them ‘to bring their sons out if they have any’,” the report stated.

Corpses were left in the streets for days, some being dismembered by animals, witnesses said.

Like Amnesty and HRW – which separately reported hundreds butchered in Axum – the EHRC could not provide an exact death toll. The commission was still verifying more victims and investigating other alleged atrocities in areas around Axum, it said.

Eritrean and Ethiopian troops were also accused of looting hospitals, even taking hospital beds and mattresses, resulting in crippling medicine and equipment shortages that resulted in patient deaths, the report said.

Abiy sent troops into Tigray on November 4 after he blamed the region’s ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, for attacks on federal army camps.

He declared fighting over in late November with the capture of the regional capital, Mekelle, but reports of widespread rape, murder and looting by Ethiopian and Eritrean forces have spurred calls for an investigation.

The United Nations, among other members of the international community, has urged Eritrean troops to withdraw from Tigray.

 

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  1. Eritreans were enemies of nations and nationalities living in teh soccaled ethiopia, unified by the gun under the supervision of Amhara elites in the past and the same eritreans, like what their anscetors did previously, are killing and maiming our people backed by foreign forces, UAE, Somalia .

    Over 60,000 eritreans marched against our land and we deafted them at Axum and Adowa . However, our enemies , amhara elites created a false and amaharnized version of teh Victory achieved by Tegarus and Other tribes by making themselves as the sole actors of the victory and feat accomplished between 1935-1941.

    The then troops of Italian invading forces, Eritreans were named after Askaris. An askari was a local soldier serving in the armies of the European colonial powers in Africa. An askari (from Somali, Swahili and Arabic عسكري ʿaskarī, meaning soldier, or military) was a local soldier serving in the armies of the European colonial powers in Africa, particularly in the African Great Lakes, Northeast Africa and Central Africa.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Askari

    እንደ ኢሳት እና 360 TV ኣገላለጽ ጦርነቱ በ ፫ (3) ቀን ያልቃል ብለን ነበር ዪሉናል አንደት ነው ቲግራይ ሰራዊቲን በ ሶስት ቀን ዉስት ዲል አንዳርገዋለን ቢለው የሚያሲቡት ዪሂነንደ ሚክኒያት ማቂረብ በራሱ ማሃዪሚነት ነው:: በኦሮሚኣ አየተደርገያለው ጪፍጨፋ ከ ሁለት ኣመት በላይ ኣለፈው ዖሮሚኣ ይሄን ያህል ጊዜ መታገል ና ተቋቁሞ መቆየት ከቻለ የትግራይ ኣንበሶችን በሶስት ቀን ዉስት ማንበርከክ አንደት ተብሎ ዪታሰባል:: መሪዎቻችን እንደ አቢይና መሰሎቹ ወታደራዊ መለዮ ን ለሰልፊ ፎቶ መነሻነት የሚጠቀሙበት አይደለም:: በጦር ሜዳ ብቃታቸዉን አስመስክረዉ ጠላታቸዉን ደርግን ድባቅ መትተዉ ጀግነታቸዉን በተግባር አሳይተዋል:: አሁንም ለአለም ና ለሕዝባቸዉ እያሳዩ ናቸዉ::

    ብቃት እና ሙያ ያነሰዉ አካል በራስ መተማመን ያለመኖር የፈጠረዉንና ያስከተለዉን ጎደሎ (ክፍተት) ለመሙላት ሁሌም ካባን ና ከረባትን ያለቦታዉና ጊዜዉ ሲጠቀም ማየት የተለመደ ነዉ:: እንደ ኢሳት ጦሪነቱ በ ፫ ቀን ያልቃል ብለን ነበር ዪሉናል:: እንዴት ነው የትግራይ ሰራዊትን በ ሶስት ቀን ዉስት ድል አንዳርገዋለን ብለው የሚያሲቡት ዪሄነን እንደ ምክኒያት ማቅረብ በራሱ መሀይምነት ነው:: በኦሮሚያ ክልል በኦነግ ሸኔ ስም በንፁሓን ላይ የተከፈተዉ ጭፍጨፋ ሶስት ቀን አላለፈዉም እንዴ፧ ምን አይነት በሽታ እንደያዛቸዉ ባናዉቅም ፥ መላዉ የአማራ ልሂቃንና የብልፅግና ደጋፊዎችን እያጠቃ ያለዉ ቫይረስ ከምልክቶቹ አንዱ ሾርት ሜሞሪ መሆኑ ፍንትዉ ብሎ ይታየናል::

    ለዉሸት መዘርጋት የማይዳዳዉ ምላሳቸዉን ጥቂት ሳንቲ ሜትር በመለጠጥ እንዲህም ይሉናል:: ወያኔን ላንዴና ለመጨረሻ ጊዜ ለማጥፋት ጦርነቱን የደገፍን ቢሆንም የኤርትራ ጣልቃ ገብነት እንዳለዉ ቆይቶ ነዉ የበራልን:: የአለም አቀፍ ተቅዋማትና የዩኤን ባለሥልጣናት የአሜሪካ ተፅዕኖ ባይኖር ኑሮ ተከድኖ ይብሰል ብለን ትግራይን ከዓለም ካርታ የማጥፋት ዓላማችን ግቡን ይመታ ነበር ሲሉን ነዉ:: አሁን ያለዉ ጦርነት አንደግፈዉም አሉን አዛኝ መሳይ ቅቤ አንጓቾቹ ምክኒያቱም ትግራዋይን ከአማራ ጋር ለረጅም ጊዜ ቅምና ቁርሾ ጠላትነትን የሚፈጥር ነዉ አሉን::

    ፋኖእና የአማራን ሚልሻ ሲይሰለጥኑና ሲያስታጥቁ የከረሙት እነሰ እንደሚሉት ከወያኔ ነፃ ሊያወጡን ሳይሆን ትግራይ እና ትግራዋይን ከምድረገፅ ለማጥፋት መሆኑን እንኳንስ እኛ አለም ያወቀዉ ጉዳይ ሆኑዋል:: የዚህ አጭር ርዕይቶ(መልዕክት)ዓላማ የጥፋት ተልዕኮ አራማጆች ሀሰትን ማጋለጥ፥ ማለቂያ የሌለዉ የአማራ ልሂቃኑ የሀሰት ትርክት ሰለባዎችን ማዳን ነዉ:: እኛ የአማራ ልሂቃኑ ና የጦርነቱ ደጋፊዎች ካሉበት ተይዘዉ ለፍርድ እንዲቀርቡልን እንጠይቃለን እንጂ እንደነሱ ያልታጠቁ የማንኛዉም ሕብረ ብሔር አባል የሆኑ ንፁሓን ላይ የሚደርሰዉን ግፍና በደል ጥቃን እንቃወማለን::

    ኤርትራ ጣልቃ ገብነቷ ብቻ ሳይሆን በንፁሓን ወገኖቻችን ተጋሩ ላይ የፈፀመችዉ ናባለማቋረጥ እያደረሰችዉ ያለ ግፍ በተለያዩ የአለም አቀፍ መገናኛ ብዙሃን ተጋልጦ በ ታላላቅ የአለም አቀፍ መንግሥታት መሪዎች ከተኮነነ በኋላ ወገቤን አመመኝ (ቀሚሱ አወላከፈኝ-ሄዋን ኤርትራ ናት):: ሀተፍተፍ አይነት ምክንያት በመሥጠት ከተጠያቂነት ለመሸሽ ሲሯሯጡ አናያቸዋለን:: መሻኪን!!!

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