Ethiopia Tigray crisis: UN warns ‘war crimes’ may have happened

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Reports the mass killing civilians Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region “would amount crimes” if confirmed, the UN human rights has warned.

Michelle Bachelet called for an inquiry into reports scores and maybe hundreds people had been stabbed and hacked death town.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has accused loyal Tigray’s the massacre.

Its officials have denied involvement.

Tigray leader Debretsion Gebremichael told AFP news agency the accusations were “baseless.”

Mr Abiy said fighters backing Tigray’s ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), went on the rampage after federal troops had “liberated” the western part of Tigray, “brutally” killing innocent civilians Mai-Kadra, a town the South West Zone of Tigray.

Witnesses blamed loyal to TPLF for Monday’s – first reported by human rights group Amnesty International.

If confirmed, this would be the first large-scale killing of civilians in the fighting between government and the TPLF which broke on 4 November.

Getting information about the clashes is hard because phone lines and internet are down.