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Ethiopia: Tigrayan rebels accused of killing civilians


AA / Addis Ababa

Eyewitnesses accused the Popular Front for the Liberation of Tigray (TPLF) forces of killing dozens in northern Ethiopia’s Kobo town, the Associated Press reported on Saturday. (AP).

The agency cited an eyewitness as saying he counted 55 bodies lying on the ground as he fled his hometown of Kobo in the Amhara region of northern Ethiopia.

Another witness said TPLF forces opened fire on about 20 men.

Others claimed that rebel forces raided houses and slaughtered men and boys.

These allegations come as TPLF forces managed to advance on the ground. According to the same sources, this is an attempt by the insurgents to pressure the Ethiopian government to end the war that has been going on for 10 months and lift the siege imposed on the province of Tigray.

According to preliminary reports, dozens if not hundreds of victims have been killed in Kobo, the AP reported, citing eyewitnesses.

The AP Agency collected testimonies from more than a dozen people who were in Kobo at the time of the events, as well as relatives of the families of the victims.

Indeed, eyewitnesses explained that on September 9, clashes between TPLF forces and armed peasants took place in the village.

The rebels returned to the village a few days after losing control to take revenge on civilians.

* Translated from Arabic by Hajer Cherni

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