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1 Dead As Soldiers Fire on Protest in Tigray Capital

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on February 9, 2021

በትግራይ ዋና ከተማ በተነሳው ተቃውሞ ወታደሮች ንጹሐን ላይ ተኩሰው ፩/1 ሰው ሲገድሉ ብዙዎችን አቁስለዋል።

One person was shot dead Tuesday when soldiers opened fire on an anti-government protest in the capital of Ethiopia’s conflict-hit northern Tigray region, a medical official said.

The protest in the city of Mekele was timed to coincide with a visit by religious leaders from the national capital Addis Ababa, part of an effort by the federal government to show that life is returning to normal in Tigray three months after fighting began.

Groups of young men used stones and burning tyres to block roads in central Mekele, and soldiers used live rounds in at least one location, several witnesses told AFP.

“One dead body already arrived” with gunshot wounds, said a doctor at Ayder Referral Hospital, adding that the victim was “a young man.”

There could be more casualties, said the doctor, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

“The head of our transport division was injured. He was beaten by soldiers along with his son and he’s getting treatment in the hospital,” the doctor said.

“He told the physicians that there are lots of injured in the street but nobody is bringing them to the hospital.”



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