Airstrikes have killed at least 304 people since the end of November in war-torn northern Ethiopia, particularly in the Tigray region, the UN Human Rights Chief said Monday.
The rights and security situation in Ethiopia has been “decorated” since the end of November, Michelle Bachelet told the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Bachelet said her office “continued to receive reports of serious and widespread human rights violations” in the Afar, Amhara and Tigray regions.
They were particularly concerned about the large number of airstrikes apparently carried out by the Ethiopian air force, particularly in Tigray but also in Afar.
Her office had “recorded 304 murders and injuries to 373 people as a result of airstrikes during the reporting period”.
Her report covered the period between November 22, 2021 and February 28 this year.
Bachelet insists that attacks on civilians and civilian objects were also carried out by other parties in the conflict.
Tigrayan troops, she said, had used heavy weapons to attack various areas of Afar on January 24. “Reliable sources indicate that there were serious civilian casualties,” she added.
Bachelet condemned other serious violations committed during the conflict, which began in November 2020 when Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent troops to Tigray after accusing the region’s ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), of attacking federal army camps.
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The war has killed thousands, displaced many more and pushed hundreds of thousands to the brink of starvation, according to the United Nations.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Rights has issued an alert for a number of reports of rape and sexual violence.
Between November 1 and December 5 last year alone, the UN justice office had received reports of “306 rape incidents by Tigrayan troops in the Amhara region,” Bachelet said.
She also claimed “severe damage to schools and health facilities in Amhara and Afar regions following government action against Tigrayan troops”.
Tigrayan troops also destroyed and looted numerous health facilities in Amhara and Afar, she said.
The UN chief of justice said the attacks and violence seen in northern Ethiopia “cause serious concern under international humanitarian law, which prohibits the deliberate targeting of civilians and civilian objects”.
It also prohibits “indiscriminate attacks that strike military objects and civilians indiscriminately,” she said.
The “hostilities and insecurity continue to block the supply of humanitarian supplies in Tigray,” she added.
“I call on all sides to allow unhindered humanitarian access to affected areas, including regional security forces.”
More than 300 civilians were killed in three months of Ethiopian airstrikes
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