Tuesday 23 March 2021
Books – Muhammad Safwat:
For the first time since the outbreak of the war in Tigray, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed admitted horrific atrocities during the conflict.
In statements carried by the American Associated Press, today, Tuesday, Abe said that forces from neighboring Eritrea are participating in the conflict in the region, which is the first recognition by the Ethiopian authority of the participation of Eritrean forces in the war after months of exile.
The statements came in a speech delivered by Abe to Ethiopian lawmakers, and said: “Reports indicate atrocities were committed in the Tigray region.”
He added that war is a “bad thing.” And that the authorities know the devastation caused by the war. “
He claimed that soldiers who raped women and committed crimes against humanity will be held responsible for their actions.
But he said that the TPLF was carrying out “propaganda to exaggerate” the scale of the crimes.
Commenting on the reports of the presence of Eritrean forces in Ethiopia, Abe said that they crossed the border and moved through Tigray, causing harm to the people of Ethiopia, adding that he would not accept this.
He claimed that the Eritrean presence in the region is not his blessing, adding that the Eritrean authorities see their presence in the region as a matter of national security, seeking to control the borders for fear of infiltration by elements of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front.
He said the conflict in Tigray has cost the government more than $ 1 billion.
The High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations, Michelle Bachelet, called on Ethiopia to allow independent experts to enter the country to investigate the ongoing violations that may amount to war crimes in Tigray.
The United Nations confirmed that the Ethiopian and Eritrean Armed Forces, the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front and the Amhara Regional Forces are all involved in these violations.
The Ethiopian Prime Minister, who won the Nobel Peace Prize, launched a military operation to expel the ruling party in the region, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, which it accused of launching attacks on a federal army base, on 4 November.
Victory was declared on November 28, after Mikeli was restored, but fighting was reported to have continued.
And 5 months after the start of the operation, the stories of rape, in which many soldiers are involved, are very common, according to doctors and nurses in this region in northern Ethiopia, on the border with Eritrea.