Tigray youth killed hundreds of civilians – Ethiopian finance minister

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Ethiopian government has accused violent youth backed by Tigrayian administration to of massacring civilians in the region amid ongoing fighting against Tigray administration.

In an interview with France 24, Ethiopian Finance Minister Ahmed Shide cited an alleged November 9 massacre in the town of Mai-Kadre in the region, where the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

He said that a local youth group helped kill hundreds of civilians, charges that followed an Amnesty International report that “scores, and likely hundreds” were killed.

“The state has to protect itself,” Shide told FRANCE 24.

He stated that the government’s ongoing military offensive against the northern Tigray region and its capital Mekele.

Shide said government forces had “liberated” significant areas of the region and that military operations “will be completed soon”.

Shide called the conflict a “law-and-order operation” and claimed that the aim was to “protect the Tigrayan people from the TPLF (Tigray People’s Liberation Front) junta”, which he accused of “committing different atrocities”.

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