The Courier-Mail

MASSACRE IN HOLIEST CITY

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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.

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