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Tigray : three opposition parties claim 52,000civilians “slaughtered,” Gov’t dismiss it as “unsubstantiated”

The Ethiopian Government body dismissed the claim about the “slaughter” in Tigray as “unsubstantiated that suffers from unfortunate political motive” 

borkena
February 3, 2021

Three ethnic Tigray opposition parties (Salsay Woyane, Tigray Independence Party and National Congress of Great Tigray — Baytona) on Tuesday released a statement claiming that “more than 52,000 innocent civilians; including children, women, youth, elders and religious fathers; have been slaughtered indiscriminately.” 

The story has been published by The Associated Press and reposted by several publishers including The Washington Post which Ethiopia State of Emergency Fact Check, a body established to share information about the state of emergency, dismissed as “unsubstantiated” and charged with political motives. 

Furthermore, the three parties,  which are required by the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) to verify that they did not take part in the war on the side of TPLF,  made claims that 3 million people are internally displaced in Tigray and 150,000 internationally displaced.  It also said, “Extra-judicial killings and gang rapes have become everyday practices of the aggressors.” 

In a reaction to the claims and its coverage on international media outlets, Ethiopia State of Emergency Fact Check said that “The Government of Ethiopia regrets any casualties to civilians during the law enforcement operations. Even one death of an innocent civilian is too many. The fact that we have not found ourselves with significant civilian casualties is a testament to the careful planning and professionalism of our defense forces.  Reports of assessment of civilians casualties that is being circulated in various international media outlets are unsubstantiated and suffer from unfortunate political motives.” 

For the three ethnic Tigray parties, “The Ethiopian government declared a total war against the people of Tigray…because Tigray defied the decision to postpone the sixth round election.” Another claim in that regard is that troops from Somalia and Eritrea took part in the war. 

The Ethiopian government narrative is entirely different and is confirmed by   some key TPLF leaders.   The war started on November 4, 2020, after several military bases of the Northern Command of the Ethiopian Defense Force were attacked by TPLF forces in unsuspecting circumstances — which some TPLF leaders called “preemptive Blitzkrieg attack” whose motive was to march to Addis Ababa. 

Another allegation against Ethiopian government is that it is using “hunger as a weapon to subdue Tigray since it has been obstructing international efforts for humanitarian assistance.” 

Provisional Tigray Administration which was established after TPLF was annihilated said last month that delivering humanitarian assistance and medical supplies to different parts of the region was difficult as damaged infrastructures and security situations in some parts of the region created complexities.  TPLF conscripted and trained about 250,000 militia and special forces before the war. A considerable number is believed to be in the region although in unorganized form, but they could disrupt humanitarian deliveries. 

Despite that the Ethiopian government this week said that it has provided humanitarian assistance in the region to 80 percent of the people who needed it. 

The UNHCR high commissioner, Flippo Grandi, visited Tigray two refugee camps in Tigray this week, and he asked government to restore communications in areas where it is not.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Of course it’s unsubstantiated! Can you imagine these so called opposition parties counting every single 52000 supposed dead bodies, how ludicrous is that!
    As fore me, regardless of the number of dead, I am sorry, it saddens me to the core of my soul, they are my brothers, sisters, fathers and mothers, Thanks to the terrorist Woyanes, for causing disparities, hungers, death, wars etc.

  2. Subject: “Tigray : three opposition parties claim 52,000civilians “slaughtered,” Gov’t dismiss it as “unsubstantiated” borkena, February 3, 2021

    QUOTE: “The UNHCR high commissioner, Flippo Grandi, visited Tigray two refugee camps in Tigray this week, and he asked government to restore communications in areas where it is not”.UNQUOTE

    Commentary, 8 Feb 2021
    In all honesty, one wonders why the UN Commissioner is involved in the internal affairs of an independent country — Ethiopia? It is really mind boggling. It also pushes one to wonder — to the point of absurdity — would the UN Commissioner, in his wildest of wildest dreams, intrude himself in the internal affairs of the United States of America?!?!?

    One must admit, it is absurd of absurdities . So, one wishes good luck to Ethiopia in solving its own internal problem in the wisdom of its heredity to bring challenging circumstances to civilized amicable solution. YES, an AFRICAN country can have civilized analysis and bring matters to amicable solution. The negative demeaning attitude of the world organization towards BLACK AFRICAN RACE is not only unfair but also — in the true sense of the matter — NAKED CRIMINAL . I STOP here.

  3. Exactly! How is it that, the worlds most corrupt and an absolute despicable organization UNHCR, a branch of utterly corrupt United nation tell an independent nation ETHIOPIA what it should or should not do. United nation does not represent ETHIOPIA, united nation represents and serves the colonial powers, when the criminal Europeans and Americans cannot colonize AFRICA , exploits, manipulate and steal row materials from African nation, the United nation became their way and the righthand to suppress and keep AFRICA poor and underdeveloped, the United nation is their accomplice, and therefore United nation must be labeled as criminals organization and an accomplice to egregious criminals and should be dismantled and or AFRICAN nations should pack up and vacate the devils house from New York, period.

  4. Even one of the most respected media giants like Bloomberg News has fallen victim to these blubber mouth hate groups. In such latest post on Bloomberg News you will see a story of genocide with numbers(52,000). I could have given Bloomberg News a much more sensational number if they had given me the same unchecked leeway. I would tell them that I had personally counted 250,000 dead bodies using my long range telescope right from my comfy back porch in the USA. These sycophants used who they called ‘opposition’ parties. Who are those ‘opposition’ parties, you may ask? They are The Tigray Independence Party, National Congress of Great Tigray and Salsay Weyane Tigray. When I saw the name Tigray Independence Party, I was on the floor with roaring laughter, man!!! Great Tigray? That is a masterpiece, dude!!! They must have held back the ‘Gold(en) Race’ for now!!!! I don’t understand what the name of the 3rd one means and don’t even care.

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