MOSCOW, February 26 – RIA Novosti. The human rights organization Amnesty International said that Eritrean troops committed a massacre of civilians in the Ethiopian state of Tigray. “Eritrean army units that fought in Tigray state systematically killed hundreds of unarmed civilians in the city of Aksum on November 28-29, 2020. They opened fire in the streets and combed house after house, “the organization said in a statement, citing testimony from more than 40 surviving eyewitnesses.
According to human rights activists, the actions of Eritrean troops in Aksum can be equated with crimes against humanity.
On November 4, the Ethiopian authorities accused the Tigray Popular Liberation Front of the attack on a military base and mobilized troops. Ethiopian authorities also said that the NFLT movement “armed and organized irregular militias.” Ethiopian troops have launched a military operation in the Tigray region, a state of emergency has been declared there for six months. NPLT is in opposition to the current government. Late last year, Ethiopian Tigray Region President Debrecyon Gebremikael said Eritrea had sent troops across the border in support of Ethiopian government forces.
The conflict between Eritrea and Ethiopia lasted for about 20 years, resulting in Eritrean refugees arriving in Ethiopia. The conflict ended with the rise to power of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiyya Ahmed Ali, who received the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the feud with Eritrea.