Ethiopia’s Tigris region is the scene of fierce clashes between the federal government and local governments. Hundreds of people have been killed, according to Amnesty International. This information has been informed in a report of BBC online.
Witnesses have blamed soldiers loyal to the People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in Tigre for the killings last Monday. But Tiger officials are denying the allegations.
Clashes between government forces and the TPLF began last week.
According to the BBC, it is difficult to get information from the area as phone lines and internet facilities have been cut off.
Tensions between the Ethiopian government and the TPLF have been high for some time. The TPLF controls the northern city of Tigre. The Ethiopian government has carried out air strikes as well as military operations there.
As a result, several thousand Tiger residents have crossed the border and taken refuge in refugee camps in Sudan. Sudan says it will shelter people fleeing Tigris in refugee camps.
Amnesty says it has confirmed that hundreds of people were stabbed to death on the night of November 9. They confirmed the incident by examining photos and videos of hundreds of people being killed in the town of May Kadera in southwestern Tiger.
The United Nations says fighting is raging between the Tigers and the federal army in eight different areas. 9 million people are feared to be displaced in this fight. Aid has not been able to reach the Tigre region as communication roads have been closed.
An emergency meeting of Ethiopia’s parliament on November 8 decided to remove the army chief, intelligence chief and foreign minister. An emergency session of parliament voted to disband the Tigris government. That being said, Tigris has violated the constitution and put the constitutional system in crisis.
Tiger leader Debrecen Jerby Michael had earlier accused the Abir administration of plotting to invade the state. He called on the African Union to intervene and end the civil war. In a statement, he said the federal government would continue to defend Tigris until it agreed to the talks.
On Wednesday, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abi Ahmed called for air strikes on military targets in the country’s Tigris region.