MASSACRE IN HOLIEST CITY
ADDIS ABABA: The killing of hundreds of unarmed civilians in Ethiopia’s holiest city and satellite images of their graves are among the growing evidence of crimes against humanity, according to Amnesty International.
An investigation by the human rights group found troops from neighbouring Eritrea “went on the rampage” in Axum, an important pilgrimage site, and “wantonly and deliberately” opened fire on crowds and conducted houseto-house raids.
Dozens of survivors and witnesses described killings, indiscriminate shelling and looting after Ethiopian and Eritrean troops led an offensive to seize control of the city.
One witness saw a neighbour gunned down in cold blood, and another said six unarmed men were lined up in the street and shot from behind by Eritrean soldiers.