LONDON, 12 November 2020 – “Probably hundreds” of civilians have been massacred in the military conflict in Tigray, northern Ethiopia, according to Amnesty International.

Witnesses said the civilians were either stabbed or backed to death last November 9 in the town of Mai-Kadra in the South West Zone of Tigray.

The London-based rights group said it could not independently confirm accounts by witnesses that the massacres on Monday were perpetrated by members of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

Amnesty, however, confirmed that it had “digitally verified gruesome photographs and videos of bodies strewn across the town or being carried away in stretchers”.

Amnesty has said it has difficulty reaching independent sources and fact-checkers on the phone.

Internet service to Tigray has been turned off since the violent conflict started last week.

The rights group says, if confirmed, this would be the first large-scale slaughter of civilians since the conflict started.

Thousands of civilians fleeing the fighting have crossed the border into neighboring Sudan.

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