Ethiopian government forces commit ‘new wave of atrocities’ in Tigray – Report


Ethiopian security forces have carried out “a new wave of atrocities” against the ethnic people of  Tigray, including mass detentions, forced expulsions and killings, a joint report by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch says.

The report is the latest in a series of accounts detailing atrocities against civilians by all warring parties, published before the UN’s special session on abuses committed during the year-long bloody war in the country’s north.

Amhara state security forces, including the region’s police and members of local militia, have rounded up Tigrayans living in several towns and forcefully expelled some of them since November, the report alleges.

Witnesses cited in the report said, several trucks full of people have left the areas controlled by Amhara forces and headed towards central Tigray.

The Amhara government has not yet reacted to the accusations.

Ethiopia’s civil war has seen the federal government – aided by forces from the Amhara and Afar regions – fighting against Tigrayan rebels.

The war has triggered a massive humanitarian crisis and reports of the mass killing of civilians and systemic rape. (Source: BBC)