ETHIOPIA: Eritrean soldiers opened fire on civilians in Ethiopia

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Eritrean soldiers on Wednesday opened fire on civilians in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region, leaving three people dead and 19 wounded , according to Amnesty International report.

UN officials in Geneva have accused the Eritrean army of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in Tigray. Asmara rejects the accusations.

Yesterday’s meeting will be a closed-door session similar to the March 4 meeting on Tigray. At that time China and Russia opposed adopting a unanimous statement calling for an end to violence in the region as

both countries consider the matter an internal Ethiopian affair.

Ethiopia is a longstanding US ally, but Washington has been increasingly alarmed since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched a military offensive in Tigray in November. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has spoken of “ethnic cleansing” in Tigray, where Eritrean troops also intervened to fight the local ruling party.

The winner of the 2019 Nobel peace prize said the move came in response to TPLF ~orchestrated attacks on army camps.

Abiy declared victory within weeks , but combat has continued and analysts warn of a prolonged deadlock in a conflict that is believed to have killed thousands of people.

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