MSF Driver Assaulted, Staff Witness Men Dragged off Buses and Killed in Tigray

Ethiopia Tigray

(Source: MSF, By Karline Kleijer, MSF Head of Emergency Desk) –

“We are horrified by the continued violence in Tigray, Ethiopia. This includes the extrajudicial killings of at least four men who were dragged off public buses and executed by soldiers, while our staff members were present, on Tuesday 23 March 2021. 

The latest incident took place on the road from Mekele to Adigrat, where three MSF staff members were travelling in a clearly marked MSF vehicle. Along the journey they encountered what appeared to be the aftermath of an ambush of an Ethiopian military convoy, by another armed group, in which soldiers were injured and killed. Military vehicles were still on fire. 

Ethiopian soldiers at the scene stopped the MSF car and two public transport mini buses driving behind it. The soldiers then forced the passengers to leave the mini buses. The men were separated from the women, who were allowed to walk away. Shortly after, the men were shot. The MSF team was allowed to leave the scene but saw the bodies of those killed on the side of the road. A short distance further away, the MSF vehicle was stopped again by soldiers. They pulled the MSF driver out of the vehicle, beat him with the back of a gun and threatened to kill him. Eventually the driver was allowed to get back into the vehicle and the team could return to Mekele. 

This horrific event further underscores the need for the protection of civilians during this ongoing conflict, and for armed groups to respect the delivery of humanitarian assistance, including medical aid. Our teams are still reeling from witnessing the senseless loss of lives from this latest attack.” 


1 thought on “MSF Driver Assaulted, Staff Witness Men Dragged off Buses and Killed in Tigray

  1. Italian soldiers revealed in the transcripts was that they thought their state was corrupt and that their leadership was corrupt, so their view was: “Why should we, small soldiers, risk our lives for this corruption?”

    Why do these ENDF and Eritrean soldiers die for the corrupted country (ethiopia), corrupted leaders and how do mercilessly kill innocent civilians ?

    I do not accept those pretexts coming forth from these ENDF and EDF troops as if compulsion is the only driving force ? Why cann’t give up those financial incents to save lives ?? The Ugly truth behind all those killings of innocent civilians will soon be exposed . All those war crimes , those already been made public and the untold ones, made this war on Tigray to be identified as a war that doesn’t conform to the usual stereotype of a war we knew beforehand in the history of our planet.

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