UN Officials Allege Possible War Crimes in Ethiopia's Tigray

The UN rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, has urged Ethiopia to let in investigators to conduct a probe in the Tigray region. Bachelet said her office had verified "reports of grave human rights violations and abuses including mass killings in Axum, and in Dengelat in central Tigray by Eritrean armed forces." She said that these were serious violations of international law, possibly amounting to war crimes. Human Rights Watch also reports that Eritrean armed forces massacred scores of civilians, including children as young as 13, in Axum in November 2020. This while Ethiopia and Eritrea deny the prescence of Eritrean forces in the country, and an earlier call by the U.S. for all forces to withdraw from the region.

Ethiopian refugees fleeing clashes in the country's northern Tigray region, rest and cook meals near UNHCR's Hamdayet reception centre after crossing into Sudan.

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