Ethiopia: Amnesty International says evidence reveals hundreds of civilians massacred

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The Amnesty International has said that, through investigation, satellite imagery and geolocation reveals a recent massacre of civilians in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.

The massacre of people that are said to be from Amhara ethnic group came about after announcement of military offensive on Tigray region by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed last week.

“The organization’s Crisis Evidence Lab has examined and digitally verified gruesome photographs and videos of bodies strewn across the town or being carried away on stretchers. It confirmed the images were recent and using satellite imagery, geolocated them to Mai-Kadra in western Tigray state (14.071008, 36.564681).”

“We have confirmed the massacre of a very large number of civilians, who appear to have been day labourers in no way involved in the ongoing military offensive. This is a horrific tragedy whose true extent only time will tell as communication in Tigray remains shut down,”

Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Director for East and Southern Africa.

The human rights group have also called upon the Ethiopia government to restore all communications system cut in the region for transparency and accountability on the conflict.

“The government must restore all communication to Tigray as an act of accountability and transparency for its military operations in the region, as well as ensure unfettered access to humanitarian organizations and human rights monitors. Amnesty International will regardless continue to use all means available to document and expose violations by all parties to the conflict.”

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