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MSF: Ethiopian troops stopped buses to execute men - Apr 25, 2021 DW News

The medical charity Doctors Without Borders says it witnessed Ethiopian soldiers executing at least four men in the country’s Tigray region. The troops reportedly killed the men after forcing them off civilian buses.

Tigray crisis worsening with no withdrawal of Eritrean troops in sight: UN - Apr 16, 2021 DW News

The UN humanitarian chief has said that sexual violence and starvation were being used as weapons of war in Ethiopia’s Tigray. He urged Eritrea to make good on its pledge and recall its troops.

Reports of new atrocities emerge from Tigray - Mar 25, 2021 DW News

In the latest revelation, a team from Doctors Without Borders has said they saw soldiers order four civilian men from a bus and then execute them. This comes after a stunning admission from Ethiopia’s prime minister about other forces involved in the conflict.

Mekelle residents reel from drawn-out war in Tigray - Mar 19, 2021 DW News

In the troubled region’s capital, the conflict that began in early November has left its deep marks. Many residents and displaced people who have sought refuge in the city continue to report of a war still raging on.

Ethiopia’s Tigray: UN scraps formal call for peace - Mar 03 , 2021 DW News

The decision comes amid alarm over growing hunger among Tigray’s 6 million population. Reports of a massacre in the historic town of Axum have also surfaced.

Did Eritrean troops commit massacres in Tigray? - Mar 03, 2021 DW News

As fighting continues in the Ethiopian region of Tigray, more stories emerge of alleged killings. Communities there accuse Eritrean troops of brutal attacks in November during the Ethiopian government’s military campaign against Tigray rebel forces.

Rape survivors battle trauma in Tigray - Mar 10, 2021 DW News

The conflict in Ethiopia’s Northern region of Tigray has been mostly unfolding behind closed doors. Still, there have been reports of abuses by government-backed forces against civilians. Amid the instability, hundreds of women have reportedly been raped.

Dire humanitarian situation in Ethiopia’s war-hit Tigray region - Jan 22, 2021 DW News

The humanitarian situation in Ethiopia’s troubled northern Tigray region is getting worse. Over the past two months, most hospitals in Tigray have been looted or destroyed in fighting between troops loyal to the government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and forces led by the regional Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) party. Health services have collapsed and food and medicines are in short supply. Around 2.3 million people, more than half of Tigray’s population, are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, according to the United Nations. International organizations are sounding the alarm and are demanding unhindered access to the entire Tigray region.

Tigray ‘massacre’: How did Amnesty access and verify its information? - Nov 13, 2020 DW News

Reports: ‘Massacre’ of civilians in Ethiopia’s Tigray region - Nov 13, 2020 DW News

Amnesty International on Thursday confirmed reports of a “massacre” of civilians in northern Ethiopia’s Tigray region. “Scores, and likely hundreds, of people were stabbed or hacked to death in Mai-Kadra town in the South West Zone of Ethiopia’s Tigray Region on the night of November 9,” the rights group said in a report. Citing witnesses interviewed and “verified” photo, video and satellite imagery, the human rights group said bodies had been “strewn” across the town. Fighting between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) party and the government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been ongoing for a week now. Declining to identify who was responsible, Amnesty did however cite witnesses who alleged that Tigray special police members had used weapons such as knives and machetes, after a local defeat by Ethiopian EDF federal forces.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in a Facebook message Thursday claimed that federal forces had “liberated” the western part of Tigray, a mountainous region comprising six zones and a population of 5 million. Tigray’s Debretsion Gebremichael called on the population to defend itself. Tigray TV claimed jets had bombed the Tekese hydroelectric dam, a structure completed in 2009 with Chinese involvement and set in a deep gorge. Abiy ordered military operations on November 4, accusing the TPLF of attacking federal camps, a claim denied by the party.

United Nations officials on Thursday said Ethiopia, whose capital hosts African Union headquarters, was being urged to enable “immediate and unimpeded humanitarian access to conflict-hit Tigray. But access to the region is restricted, explains journalist Samuel Getachew, who is based in the capital Addis Ababa. “We believe there are more killings because of [what] the people that have moved to Sudan are telling us. And it’s just a horrifying incident with too many people dying and many people being affected,” he told DW on Friday. “Organizations are complaining they can’t even transport basic food and all kinds of stuff. So the impact without us verifying it, we can only guess it’s even worse than assumed.” Inside Tigray, more than 2 million residents are dependent on humanitarian aid, estimates the UN. Some 11,000 Ethiopians have already sought refuge in neighboring Sudan. Up to 100,000 were expected in Sudan, said the UN refugee agency. Across Ethiopia as a whole, some 15 million people are dependent on humanitarian aid, amid a total population of 112 million.

UN: Tigray conflict could spiral out of control - Nov 13, 2020 DW News

The UN says the conflict in Ethiopia could be spiraling out of control. The warning comes as the fighting in the northern Tigray region intensifies. Amnesty International says a large number of civilians have been massacred by local forces.