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The panel also found "the conduct of the Nigerian Army was exacerbated by its refusal to allow ambulances render medical assistance to victims who required such assistance. CNN's investigation found the Nigerian army fired live rounds into crowds at Lekki toll gate, killing and wounding several people. Multiple witnesses also told CNN last year that ambulances were prevented from entering the site to help wounded protesters. Police officers arrive at the scene of protest commemorating the one-year anniversary of #EndSARS, a movement against police brutality, at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos, on October 20, 2021. The panel's report furthermore alleges cover-up attempts by police, which it says cleaned up the aftermath of the shooting at Lekki toll gate and failed to preserve the scene for investigators.
Persons: geolocation, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Babajide, Olu, Akin Olaoye, Serah Ibrahim, Ibrahim Organizations: CNN, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Flag, Army, Police, Nigeria's, Lagos Gov, International Centre Locations: Lagos, Nigeria
(CNN) Three children were killed and one person was injured in Monday's airstrikes in Mekelle, the capital of Ethiopia's war-torn Tigray region, the United Nations said Tuesday. A spokesman for the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) accused Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Monday of targeting civilians in an attack on a busy market day. Ethiopia's federal government launched a military offensive to oust the TPLF last November and fighting has been ongoing since. The state-run Ethiopian Press Agency reported Monday that the Ethiopian Air Force "launched a successful offensive" against a TPLF communication network and facility in Mekelle. Airstrikes were "carried out with the utmost precision to prevent civilian casualties," the report said.
Persons: Jens Laerke, Laerke, Abiy Ahmed, Read Organizations: CNN, United Nations, UN Office, Humanitarian Affairs, Ethiopian, Ethiopian Press Agency, Ethiopian Air Force Locations: Mekelle, Tigray, Geneva
(CNN) The capital of Ethiopia's war-torn Tigray region was hit by at least two airstrikes on Monday, an eyewitness and a spokesman for forces fighting the country's central government told CNN. One resident of the city told Reuters one strike hit close to a market, behind a hotel. A spokesman for the Tigray People's Liberation Front accused Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of targeting civilians in an attack on a busy market day. Ethiopia's federal government launched a military offensive to oust the TPLF last November and fighting has been ongoing since. One of the targets of the airstrikes was the Planet Hotel where a "dozen or so humanitarian agencies used to have their employees," TPLF spokesman Getachew Reda claimed.
Persons: Mekelle, Abiy Ahmed, Getachew Reda Organizations: CNN, Reuters, Ethiopian Locations: Tigray, Haki
(CNN) Ethiopia's government has used the country's flagship commercial airline to shuttle weapons to and from neighboring Eritrea during the civil war in Ethiopia's Tigray region , a CNN investigation has found. Air waybill showing transportation of 'RIFFLE & DFS' -- in reference to rifles and dry foodstuffs per airline sources -- on an Ethiopian Airlines flight on November 12. Air waybill showing 'military refill' being transported on an Ethiopian Airlines flight on November 13. Ethiopian Airlines told CNN in its statement that no employees had been suspended or terminated due to their ethnic background. CNN has confirmed that these Emirates SkyCargo straps have been used on other Ethiopian Airlines flights.
Persons: refills, Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia's, Benno Baksteen, DEGAS, Abiy, Flightradar24, Dan Kaszeta, Emirates SkyCargo, AmSafe Bridport, Pablo Mendes de Leon, Mendes de Leon, Katherine Tai, Tai Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian Airlines, Star Alliance, National, International, Government, DFS, Ethiopian, Dutch, Group Aviation Safety, Eritrean, Boeing, Toyota, Ethiopian Airlines aircraft, Employees, Freighter, Royal United Services Institute, Bulgarian, Emirates, TSO, Convention, International Civil Aviation, Chicago Convention, The Hague, US, Emirates SkyCargo Locations: Eritrea, Ethiopia's Tigray, Addis, Asmara, Massawa, Tigray, United States, Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Eritrea's, Tigrayans, Axum, Dengelat, Bole, Belgium, Brussels, Shanghai, Flightradar24, London, Russia, Bulgaria, Bulgarian, Emirates, Bahir Dar, The, American, Ethiopian
Wad El Hilou, Sudan (CNN) The ghostly outlines of limbs emerge through the mist along the Setit River in eastern Sudan. A body is draped in plastic sheeting after being recovered from the river bank by Wad El Hilou, Sudan. Wad El Hilou is a natural pinch-point in the river's path -- and so, when the bodies arrived, they floated towards the banks. Ethnic profilingTigrayans still inside Humera told CNN that they live in constant fear of being detained or killed. A body recovered from the Setit River bank by Wad El Hilou, Sudan, is carried on plastic sheeting.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed's, Tigrayan, Tigrayans, We're, Gebretensae Gebrekristos, Gerri, Natay, Enda Yitbarek, Temesgen, Yonas, Humera, Alem, it's, Sudan who've Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian, Michael's, Mercury Locations: Sudan, Ethiopia, Humera, Ethiopia's Tigray, Tigray, Mekelle, Eritrea, St, Mary's, Amhara, People
extrajudicial killings, CNN has previously compiled extensive eyewitness testimony that Ethiopian soldiers and soldiers from neighboring Eritrea were perpetrating massacres sexual violence and other abuses in the region. Even after Ethiopian soldiers withdrew, the massacre site remained under attack. Villagers told CNN the continued presence of soldiers in the area was an attempt to hide evidence of the killings. An arms expert told CNN these would normally be used in light machine guns and assault rifles like those seen in the massacre video. At the time, another one of Alula's brothers told CNN it was hard to accept.
Persons: TMH, Ethiopian Prime Minister's, Mahibere Dego, Abiy Ahmed, Mariam Megdelawit, Alula's Organizations: CNN, Amnesty, Tigrai Media, Ethiopian Prime, Ethiopian Locations: Tigray, Ethiopia, Mahibere Dego, Ethiopia's Amhara, Eritrea, Axum, Alula
A screenshot from video obtained by CNN shows Ethiopian soldiers addressing families inside the UNHCR compound awaiting word of their loved ones. One man described hours of beatings by Eritrean and Ethiopian soldiers. A CNN team in the region in April was able to capture on camera Eritrean soldiers obstructing aid along this route. A State Department spokesperson told CNN the sanctions would be enforced as a "unilateral action" by the US. In one video Ethiopian soldiers can be seen addressing the parents inside the compound.
Persons: Wenfito, Yemane Ghebremeskel, Joe Biden, Catherine Sozi, Elisabeth Haslund, Antony Blinken Organizations: CNN, United States, Ethiopian, Eritrean, UN, United Nations, Refugees, UNHCR, MSF, Africa, Ethiopian National Defense Force, Amhara, CNN Eritrean, Ethiopian Prime, Office, Eritrean Minister, United, Sunday, State Department, US, Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Locations: Shire, Tigray, America, Guna, UNHCR, Ethiopia, Amhara, Eritrean, United States
CNN's efforts to reach Axum were thwarted by both Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers multiple times over several days. Ethiopian soldiers block CNN's path, threatening the team with detention. CNN was informed by aid agencies that they had also been turned back by Eritrean soldiers manning the same checkpoint. Ethiopian military sources in the region confirmed to CNN that Eritrean soldiers were in control of key checkpoints along the route to Axum. That report was corroborated by humanitarian workers in Tigray, who said they had "protection" issues around distributing aid in some areas as civilians were later robbed of the aid by Eritrean soldiers.
Persons: Biden, aren't, Abiy Ahmed, Antony Blinken, Ned Price, Blinken, Alex Platt, Mark Lowcock, Linda Thomas, Greenfield, gurney, Girmay, we're, Thomas Thompson, hadn't, Tigray's Abiy, Emily Dakin, Meskel, Hannibal, haltingly, Bethlehem, Gianluca Mezzofiore, Katie Polglase, Read Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Abiy, Ethiopian National Defence Force, Command, USAID, Eritrean Defence Forces, EDF, Sans Frontieres, Axum University, Referral Hospital, Referral, UN, Food, World Peace Foundation, Emergency, Tigray's, Axum Teaching Locations: Tigray, Tigray's, Mekelle, Axum, Africa, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Adigrat, Greenfield, Ethiopian, Chila, Hawzen, Samre, Mekele
Graphic, unverified footage had surfaced of a mass killing near Dawit's hometown of Mahibere Dego, in a mountainous area of central Tigray. If the soldiers in the Mahibere Dego video are indeed Ethiopian National Defense Forces then it may be the first visual evidence of Ethiopia's involvement in war crimes. Amnesty International used 3D modeling software to match the footage to satellite imagery of the location outside Mahibere Dego. In freeze-frames of the footage, soldiers can be seen wearing uniforms with embroidered Ethiopian national flag patches on the shoulder and black "Ethiopian Army" stitching on the lapel. Dawit and other residents said Ethiopian troops had been fighting in another town nearby before coming to Mahibere Dego.
Persons: Dawit, Alula, he's, hasn't, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, CNN's, Stalin Gebreselassie, TMH, Gebreselassie, Sam Dubberley, Ela, Mahibere Dego, Mahibere Organizations: Tigrai Media, CNN, Ethiopian, Sans Frontieres, Eritrean, Ireland, Ethiopian National Defense Forces, YouTube, Google, Amnesty, Amnesty International, Ethiopian National Defense Force, Agence France, Presse Locations: Axum, Tigray, Dawit's, Mahibere, Mahibere Dego, Ethiopia, Ethiopia's Amhara, Eritrea, Mekelle, United States, Washington ,, Dego
(CNN) Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said Tuesday that his government would hold accountable any soldier found responsible for rape or looting in the country's conflict region of Tigray, just days after CNN and the UK's Channel 4 News published investigations into rape being used as a weapon of war against women. "Reports indicate that atrocities have been committed in Tigray region," Abiy wrote in a post on his Twitter account. Forces from neighboring Eritrea are participating in the military campaign on the side of Ethiopia's government, as CNN has previously reported. CNN unveiled medical records and testimony from survivors, alleging that women were being gang-raped, drugged and held hostage by soldiers. High-level UN agency officials issued a rare statement late Monday demanding the allegations of rape and other forms of sexual violence in the region be investigated.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Read Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Forces Locations: Tigray, Ethiopia, Amhara, Eritrea
More evidence of sexual violence being used as a deliberate weapon of war is emerging from Ethiopia's northern Tigray region , where an armed conflict has been raging for months. She told CNN she is now pregnant. But in recent weeks, as foreign journalists have been allowed in, horrifying stories of rape and sexual violence are beginning to surface. One coordinator at a gender-based violence crisis center in Tigray told CNN they used to hear of cases every few days or once a week. Many of the women who have been raped have contracted sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, doctors told CNN.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Hamdayet, Tedros Tefera, didn't, Joe Biden, Chris Coons, they've, Tedros, Michelle Bachelet, EHRC Organizations: CNN, Forces, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Ireland, Amnesty International, Abiy, State Department, Channel, Sans, MSF, Ethiopian Human Rights, United Nation's, Human Rights, UN, UN Human Rights Office Locations: Tigray, Ethiopia, Amhara, Eritrea, Hamdayet, Eritrean, Dengelat, Axum, Mekelle, Ireland
They were from his town in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region, Edaga Hamus, and had also fled fighting there two weeks earlier. A group of Eritrean soldiers opened fire on Maryam Dengelat church while hundreds of congregants were celebrating mass, eyewitnesses say. Abiy has also denied that soldiers from Eritrea crossed into Tigray to support Ethiopian forces. Footage of the celebrations from 2019 shows priests dressed in white ceremonial robes and crowns, carrying crosses aloft, leading hundreds of people in prayer at Maryam Dengelat church. Several of the priests were killed as they left the church, Abraham said.
Persons: Abraham, Hamus, Maryam Dengelat, Tsion Maryam, Maryam, Yohannes Yosef, I've, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Isaias Afwerki, TPLF, Bernadette Gilbertas, Desta, Marta, Dengelat, Biniam, Isayas, Arsema, Alemtsahay Asgedom, Rahwa, Samuel, CNN geolocated, Soldiers, Tedros Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian, United Nations, UN, Eritrean, US State Department, Ireland, Sunday Locations: Ethiopia's, Tigray, Dengelat, Jerusalem, Maryam Dengelat, Dengelat ., Eritrea, Ethiopia, Africa's, Eritrean, Biniam, Ireland
Hamdayat, on the border between Sudan and Ethiopia (CNN) Huyeet is limping as he crosses the border, his leg bandaged with dirty gauze. Huyeet said he was saved by a group of Tigray refugees, who fished him out of the water and bandaged his leg. Violence against civiliansIt's very hard to know what is happening in Ethiopia's Tigray region, because the government has endorsed a communications blackout. CNN has not been permitted to travel to Ethiopia's Tigray region by the Ethiopian government, although we have requested access. Gabrgeorgis says that in his town -- Sheraro on the Eritrea-Ethiopia border -- the Eritrean military took over when Ethiopian troops left.
Persons: Huyeet, grimaces, Abiy Ahmed, Nobel, Abiy, Tigray's, TPLF, Zeray Gabrgeorgis, Gabrgeorgis Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian Army, Ethiopian, Tigray Peoples Liberation Forces, Ethiopian National Defense Forces, Eritrean Locations: Sudan, Ethiopia, Ethiopia's Tigray, Humera, Fano, Tigray, Amhara, Mekelle, Ethiopian, Eritrea, Liberation
(CNN) An official from the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) has told CNN the war in Ethiopia is far from over and that Eritrean troops are part of the conflict. Speaking exclusively to CNN for the first time since the fall of Mekelle , the capital of the northern Tigray region, Getachew Reda said the bulk of the region still remains in the hands of the TPLF. Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) took control of the city on Saturday, according to a tweet from Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. It was under fierce bombardment earlier on Saturday, a humanitarian source on the ground and eyewitnesses who have fled Mekelle, told CNN. "Abiy's forces focused on capturing the towns but the bulk of the people are in the rural areas -- the largest parts of the region -- and that is where we are," said Reda.
Persons: Getachew Reda, Abiy Ahmed Organizations: CNN, Mekelle, Communications, Ethiopian National Defense Forces Locations: Tigray, Ethiopia
But when it came, the Lagos State government's security camera footage of the Lekki toll gate shooting did not capture everything. The surveillance footage once again raises questions about the investigation into what happened at the Lekki toll gate protest -- and why surveillance video from the evening does not provide a more complete picture. The army has repeatedly said the soldiers deployed to the toll gate fired into the air and not at protesters directly. CNN's investigation had revealed the use of live ammunition at the toll gate, based on analysis carried out by ballistics experts and conversations with military sources. "It had nothing whatsoever to do with the Lekki toll gate," he said.
Persons: Ahmed Taiwo, Ogunlana, He's, Taiwo Organizations: CNN, Company, LCC, Nigeria Police Force, Twitter, Admiralty, Nigeria's Ministry, Information, Federal Government Locations: Lagos State, Lagos, Nigeria, United States, United Kingdom, Nigerian, Africa's, Oriental, Lekki, Reddington
But, he then said there was "not a scratch of blood" at the toll gate when he visited. The shootings at Lekki toll gate followed weeks of "#EndSARS" protests against police brutality that had burst onto the streets of cities across Nigeria. Demonstrators protest police brutality at the Lekki toll gate on October 20. Members of the judicial panel visit the Lekki toll gate on October 30. Workers clean up the Lekki toll gate on October 24.
Persons: Elisha Sunday Ibanga, Victor, Victor Sunday Ibanga's, Ibanga, Victor Sunday Ibanga, Babajide Sanwo, Ahmed Taiwo, Okon, hasn't, Wisdom, didn't, I've, hoodlums, Sanwo, Catherine Udeh, Sarah, we're, Mathew, Ayo Aranmolate, Aranmolate, DJ Switch, Moe Odele, Odele Organizations: CNN, Police, Amnesty International, Toyota, Balkan, Network, Export, Twitter, Workers Locations: Lagos, Nigeria, Nigerian, Amnesty International Nigeria, Bonny, Victoria, Lagos State, Serbia
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