Ethiopia rejects US calls to drag troops from Tigray after Source investigation into bloodbath

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The alternate between Ethiopia and the US comes after investigations had been printed by CNN and Amnesty International into the bloodbath of civilians in two separate assaults in Tigray late final yr.
On Saturday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated the US was “gravely concerned by reported atrocities and the overall deteriorating situation” and referred to as for “the immediate withdrawal of Eritrean forces and Amhara regional forces from Tigray.”

Ethiopia’s international ministry criticized Blinken’s remarks on Monday. “An attempt by the US to make pronouncements on Ethiopia’s internal affairs and specifically, the reference to the Amhara regional forces redeployment … is regrettable,” the ministry stated, referring to forces from Ethiopia’s Amhara state, which neighbors Tigray.

“It should be clear that such matters are the sole responsibility of the Ethiopian government, which as a sovereign nation, is responsible to deploy the necessary security structures and means available in ensuring the rule of law within all corners of its borders.”

The international ministry stated it was “fully committed” to investigating any human rights violations. But the assertion didn’t point out the extensively reported presence of forces from neighboring Eritrea in the course of the current offensive. Those forces been blamed for a lot of abuses in Tigray in the course of the current battle — allegations the Eritrean authorities denies.

Thousands of civilians are believed to have been killed since Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched a navy operation in opposition to Tigray’s ruling faction, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), in November.

On Friday, CNN published an investigation into one bloodbath that occurred in Tigray on November 30. Eyewitnesses informed Source {that a} group of Eritrean troopers opened hearth on Maryam Dengelat church in Dengelat village, japanese Tigray, whereas lots of of congregants had been celebrating mass. Dozens of individuals died over three days of mayhem, with troopers slaughtering native residents, displaced folks and pilgrims, they stated.

Amnesty International charged in a report Friday that Eritrean forces killed lots of of unarmed civilians within the metropolis of Axum in November by way of indiscriminate shelling and taking pictures and extrajudicial killings, in what the human rights group stated might quantity to against the law in opposition to humanity.

Eritrea’s authorities denied involvement within the atrocities reported by Amnesty, however has but to reply to Source’s request for remark in relation to the Dengelat bloodbath.

Blinken, in his press assertion Saturday, referred to as on Ethiopia nation to permit “full, independent international investigation into all reports of human rights violations, abuses and atrocities.”

“We strongly condemn the killings, forced removals and displacements, sexual assaults, and other extremely serious human rights violations and abuses by several parties that multiple organizations have reported in Tigray.” He added that “those responsible for them must be held accountable.”

US calls for withdrawal of Eritrean forces in Ethiopia following investigation into massacre

Blinken additionally acknowledged Abiy’s said dedication to permit humanitarian assist to the area, and stated that the US Agency for International Development would ship a catastrophe help response crew to Ethiopia.

After seizing management of Tigray’s essential cities in late November, Abiy declared victory and maintained that no civilians had been harmed within the offensive. Abiy has additionally denied that troopers from Eritrea crossed into Tigray to help Ethiopian forces.

On Monday, Ethiopia’s international ministry stated it was working to make sure unfettered entry to Tigray for the supply of humanitarian help.

Source’s Emmet Lyons, Bethlehem Feleke, Gianluca Mezzofiore, Katie Polglase, Nima Elbagir and Barbara Arvanitidis contributed to this report.

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