UN warns of war crimes as deadline looms

UN warns of war crimes as deadline looms

ፈደራላዊ መንግስቲ ኢትዮጵያ፡ መቐለ ንምጥቃዕ ዝገብሮ ዘሎ ምፍርራሕ እንተኣተግቢርዎ፡ ብዙሓት ሲቪላውያን ሰባት ክጉድኡ ከምዝኽእሉን ናይ ኩናት ገበን ክፍጸም ከምዝኽእልን ውድብ ሕቡራት ሃገራት ከምዝገለጸ ኣገልግሎት ዜና ቢቢሲ ሓቢሩ። ምንጪ...

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‘ፕራይም ሚኒስተር ኣቢይ ውግእ ስዒሩ ይኸውን፡ እቲ ኩናት ግን ኣይተወድአን’ ዘ-ኤኮኖሚስት

ፈደራላዊ መንግስቲ ኢትዮጵያ፡ መቐለ ንምጥቃዕ ዝገብሮ ዘሎ ምፍርራሕ እንተኣተግቢርዎ፡ ብዙሓት ሲቪላውያን ሰባት ክጉድኡ ከምዝኽእሉን ናይ ኩናት ገበን ክፍጸም ከምዝኽእልን ውድብ ሕቡራት ሃገራት ከምዝገለጸ ኣገልግሎት ዜና ቢቢሲ ሓቢሩ።

ምንጪ ቢቢሲ

The United Nations has expressed concern about possible war crimes after a threat by the Ethiopian army to start an assault on the northern Tigray region’s capital.

A deadline set by the government for fighters in the region to surrender is due to expire on Wednesday.

Fighting between the government and regional forces in Tigray has been going on for almost three weeks.

Hundreds have reportedly been killed and tens of thousands have fled.

Aid groups fear the conflict could trigger a humanitarian crisis and destabilise East Africa.

The UN said it was alarmed by the threat of major hostilities if the Ethiopian army advanced on Tigray’s capital Mekelle, home to about 500,000 people.

However, a UN Security Council meeting on Tuesday to discuss the fighting in Tigray ended without a statement, according to AFP news agency, with African countries reportedly requesting more time to allow for diplomatic efforts by the African Union to continue.

On Sunday, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed issued a 72-hour ultimatum to Tigray’s forces, telling them to surrender as they were “at a point of no return”.

But Tigray’s forces have vowed to keep fighting, with their leader Debretsion Gebremichael saying they are “ready to die in defence of our right to administer our region”.

Meanwhile, Ethiopia’s state-appointed Human Rights Commission has accused a youth group from the Tigray region of being behind a massacre earlier this month in which it says more than 600 civilians were killed.

The commission says the group stabbed, bludgeoned and burned to death non-Tigrayan residents of the town of Mai-Kadra with the collusion of local forces.

Human rights group Amnesty International first highlighted reports of a massacre in Mai-Kadra but was unable to confirm who was behind it, or exactly how many died.

The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), a political party which controls Tigray, denied involvement, and called for an independent international investigation into the killings.

The conflict started after Ethiopia’s central government accused the TPLF of holding an illegal election and attacking a military base to steal weapons.

In response, Mr Abiy – a former Nobel Peace Prize winner – ordered a military offensive against forces in Tigray, accusing them of treason.

The TPLF sees the central government as illegitimate, arguing Mr Abiy does not have a mandate to lead the country after postponing national elections because of coronavirus.

Source: BBC

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