Ethiopian troops killed 45 civilians – rights body – Capital Radio Malawi
19 June, 2024

Ethiopian troops killed 45 civilians – rights body

Ethiopia’s human rights watchdog says government forces carried out a massacre of civilians last month in Amhara state.

The Human Rights Commission said it had identified at least 45 civilian deaths, although the number was most likely higher as it couldn’t investigate fully.

The commission said victims had been targeted for allegedly supporting an ethnic Amhara militia.

Eyewitnesses said they’d seen people shot dead on the streets as soldiers fought rebels in the town of Merawi.

The government has not yet commented.

Human rights groups have expressed concerns about a state of emergency in Amhara which has given the security forces increased powers.

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