Ethiopia: At least 700 civilians massacred in rebel held areas

At least 700 civilians have been massacred in areas which are held by the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), about…

At least 700 civilians have been massacred in areas which are held by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), about 720 kilometers north of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Monday announced that it had received reports of a massacre of civilians in Kobo town in Amhara regional state.


The report from the Commission, shared on its social media page, unspecified the number of casualties from the latest incident of massacre. 


Information reaching APA indicated that the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) perpetrated the killing and its troops went house to house and killed civilians, including children and women, as was the case with the massacres in other parts of the Amhara region and in the Afar region. 


Residential homes of civilians have been burned. Infrastructures (schools and hospitals) are destroyed. 


The commission said that it is investigating the report, and called for parties to the conflict, in the words of the commission, to respect and observe responsibility to protect civilians.


Social media sources with links to the Kobo area of North Wollo report well over 700 civilians have been killed and many more wounded. 


Ethiopian activists and politicians launched a social media campaign condemning the latest round of massacre of civilians and condemning US president Joe Biden’s administration over proposed sanction over Ethiopia, and for not condemning atrocities by TPLF. 


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