Two Children Among Three Eritrean Refugees Killed In Tigray Air Raid

United Nations says attack on Mai Aini refugee camp also wounded four other refugees.

Two Children Among Three Eritrean Refugees Killed In Tigray Air Raid
The war in Tigray has caused a massive displacement and humanitarian crisis

 

 

An air raid has struck a refugee camp in Ethiopia’s war-hit Tigray region, killing three Eritreans, including two children, the United Nations said. Wednesday’s attack on Mai Aini refugee camp, near the southern Tigrayan town of Mai Tsebri, wounded four other refugees but their lives were not at risk, the UN said in a statement

 

late on Thursday. I am deeply saddened to learn that three Eritrean refugees, two of them children, were killed, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said in a statement, stressing that refugees should never be a target. While UNHCR continues to gather and corroborate details on the events, I reiterate

 

 

UNHCR’s call on all parties to the conflict to respect the rights of all civilians, including refugees, Grandi added, referring to the UN refugee agency. There was no immediate comment by Ethiopia’s government or military. The government has previously denied targeting civilians. On December 30, the UN Office for

 

 

the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said dozens of civilians had been reported killed in southern Tigray in air raids that week in what it described as “the most intense attacks and highest casualties reported since October. The war that broke out in early November 2020 between federal government troops and fighters

 

 

from the northern region of Tigray has killed an estimated tens of thousands of people, forced millions from their homes and left an immense humanitarian crisis in its wake. Before fighting began, Ethiopia hosted about 150,000 refugees from neighbouring Eritrea, fleeing poverty and an authoritarian government. In

 

 

September, Human Rights Watch said Eritrean soldiers who joined the war on the side of Abiy’s forces and Tigrayan fighters raped, detained and killed Eritrean refugees in Tigray, in attacks that amounted to clear war crimes. Much of its report focused on two camps Shimelba and Hitsats which were destroyed during the fighting, forcing many Eritrean refugees to flee to the two remaining camps in Mai Aini and Adi Harush.

 

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared victory in late November after government forces also seized the regional capital, Mekelle. But fighting then dragged on, and Tigrayan forces had recaptured most of Tigray by June before pushing into the neighbouring regions of Amhara and Afar. They reportedly reached some 200

 

 

kilometres (125 miles) and outside the capital, Addis Ababa, by road, but at the end of December, they also announced they would withdraw to the Tigray after government forces retook a string of towns and cities, marking a turning point in the war.