Apart from mass grave, bodies were reportedly dumped to a water well near Maikadra in north western Ethiopia
November 25, 2020
74 bodies reportedly recovered from a mass grave in the outskirts of Maikadra where the retreating forces of Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) carried out an ethnic-based savage killing on November 9.
According to Amhara Mass Media Agency (AMMA) reported on Wednesday, the bodies were recovered from Abnet and central mewucha (central exit) localities following an organized search operation.
Residents of Maikadra who survived the slaughter provided information that was helpful to recover the bodies from the mass grave.
56 of the bodies were recovered from the same place while the remaining was dumped in water well. Furthermore, it was reported that a funeral ceremony was organized, and the bodies had been laid to rest.
Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) released a preliminary report on Tuesday regarding the massacre and has confirmed that at least 600 residents of Maikadra were brutally massacred after the TPLF forces lost the war to the Ethiopian National Army. The number is expected to rise as more bodies are being recovered in different localities.
TPLF organized a killing squad youth group under the name “Samri.” However, local militia and special forces were involved in the killing. Some victims were killed with a machete. Others were stabbed to death.
AMMA report indicated that TPLF attack on civilians was also motivated by the aim to make ethnic Amharas flee Maikadra out of security concerns.
The killing, according to EHRC, was a premeditated and coordinated one that mostly targeted ethnic Amharas.
The TPLF forces have not lost control over much of the Tigray region and are believed to have retreated to Mekelle city. Yet, there is information that there are still TPLF forces in certain pocket areas in the region outside of Mekelle and its environs.
What the Ethiopian government calls “operation to enforce law” kicked off on November 4 after the TPLF forces launched what is believed to be an unforeseen attack on unsuspecting Ethiopian Defense Force members in several military bases in the region. TPLF exploited treasonous members of the defense force to coordinate “anticipatory attack,” as TPLF calls it, on the Defense Force.
As in Maikadra massacre, the massacre of members of the Ethiopian Defense Force was an ethnic-based one.
In November 2018, a mass grave was uncovered in the Somali region of Ethiopia from a killing that TPLF loyal local administration carried out.
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