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Ethiopia: Tigray rebels reportedly slaughtered over 100 children in Afar region

Over 200 internally displaced people, mostly children and women, slaughtered when Tigray rebels shelled a health center and school in the Afar region of Ethiopia 

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Tigray rebel forces (photo : Social media)

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Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) reportedly slaughtered over 200 civilians, including children and women, in the Afar region of Ethiopia last week.  Most of the victims are children and women. 

They were in  a makeshift shelter after they were displaced from their places as the Tigray rebels launched an extensive offensive, with the aim to control the route to Djibouti, in the region. 

The rebels shelled a school and health center where the internally displaced were residing. 

Afar Human Rights Organization said this week, as reported by DW Amharic service, the International Community has ignored internal displacement, destruction and killings of civilians in the region after the TPLF took the war to the region several weeks ago. 

Geaz Mohammed, president of the organization, called upon the Ethiopian government to act in a way to reverse attacks on civilians. In June 2021, the Federal government declared a unilateral humanitarian ceasefire as it withdrew forces from the Tigray region of Ethiopia. 

Apart from the killings, an estimated 30,000 quintals of grain was destroyed in the attack. 

In all the fronts where the Tigray rebels opened war outside the region, the Ethiopian Defense Force is exhibiting restraint and not engaged in counter-offensive operations which, for many Ethiopians who express their views on social media, is increasing vulnerability of civilians for TPLF attack. When the Tigray rebel forces entered the historic city of Lalibela last Friday, they did not get any resistance from the Defense Force or the regional special forces. 

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Monday issued a statement expressing “concern” about the situation. 

It said : ““UNICEF is extremely alarmed by the reported killing of over 200 people, including more than 100 children, in attacks on displaced families sheltering at a health facility and a school in Afar region on Thursday, 5 August” 

However, UNICEF did not say as to who launched the attack or condemned it. It talked about the conflict situation in northern Ethiopia as a cause for it and called for political settlement for it. ““The humanitarian catastrophe spreading across northern Ethiopia is being driven by armed conflict and can only be resolved by the parties to the conflict…,” it said.  

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2 COMMENTS

  1. USAID is complaining by saying Tigray is starved and hurt while Terrorist TPLF stealing and destroying food ands encroaching on neighboring Afar and Amhara region and slaughtering innocent children, women and elders and raping women and children. While the UN, EU, Amnesty International and Humanitarian organizations are whining to save the Terrorist TPLF as if they are noble freedom fighters and not the most barbaric ruthless murderers The blind support is costing innocent Ethiopians life that history will not forget.

    Before complaining about shortage of food in Tigray when it is clear TPLF is responsible for all atrocities, tell Terrorist TPLF to stop creating troubles so that Tigrayan people can eat and live in peace!!!!

    The brave, fast and furious fighters of Afar and Amharas force are doing superb job in saving their people from the most brutal and barbaric TPLF Terrorist group. TPLF is damaged, wounded, demoralized and decimated by the brave determined well disciplined, adored and trained Ethiopian defense Force, Afar, Amhara, Oromo, Somali South Force and the well admired Fano and Amhara militia.

    Finally the end of Terror and barbarism of TPLF with forced Tigrea Child Soldiers and elders sent to war to shield the coward Terrorist TPLF is coming to end sooner.

  2. What a sad story and an outrageous act of cruelty! This is a heart wrenching reality of senseless and destructive war. It was/is what I nervously expected to happen. Elders, children and the physically immobile seem not having anyone to protect them. That gentle giant of a country is being attacked by every predator imaginable near and afar. Now the carnage on the youth is on in full swing. The government has just declared a nationwide mobilization. Now even the smallest chance for any peaceful resolution is closed shut. Tens of thousands of youth on both sides will bite the dust. There will be captives and among the captives will emerge a group willing to be incarnates of Layne and Doula beasts of burden just to bring that gem of the colored to nonexistence and gone for good. Then you will see the entire 120+ million people on the move. That will make Syria and Yemen just another weekend stroll in a park, a cake walk!!!

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