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(CNN) Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Freetown, Sierra Leone on Wednesday, protesting inflation and the rising cost of living in the West African country, according to people that CNN spoke to. Graphic images and video of battered and seriously injured protesters and some members of security forces could be seen on social media. CNN has verified the videos were filmed in Sierra Leone at various times on Wednesday. Vice President Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh declared a nationwide curfew on Wednesday from 3 p.m. local time (11 a.m. During a televised speech announcing the curfew, Jalloh referred to the protesters and the loss of lives without giving more details.
Persons: Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh, Julius Maada, Read Organizations: CNN, Security Locations: Freetown, Sierra Leone, West
(CNN) Newly released testimony from US military survivors of the August 26 attack at Kabul airport has cast doubt on the findings of the Pentagon's investigation into the incident, which concluded that nobody was hit by gunfire in its aftermath. "I went in and saw a lot of Marines shooting by the jersey barrier. "I saw Marines return fire. The US military investigation has insisted there were no gunshot wounds detected among any patients US medics treated on the airport, and no bullets were recovered. The documents appear to record mostly the junior Marines at the scene of the blast seeing rounds impacting around them.
Persons: Bill Urban, Urban Organizations: CNN, Pentagon, US Central Command, Washington, Marines, US, 1st Regiment, ISIS Locations: Kabul, HKIA
"CBP issued a civil penalty to Ethiopian Airlines for the security breach and were briefed on measures the airline is undertaking to enhance the airline's aircraft security plan." Despite working for five years at Ethiopian Airlines, he had never boarded an international flight. Meanwhile, attempts to leave Ethiopia by air by legal means have become increasingly difficult for Tigrayans, according to Ethiopian Airlines employees CNN spoke with. One former employee told CNN there were four checkpoints at the airport where passengers had their passports checked before departure. Ethiopian Airlines has not responded to CNN's request for comment regarding the stowaways' journeys or the allegations of discrimination against Tigrayans.
Persons: Yohannes, Gebremeskel, stow, Abiy Ahmed, Billene Seyoum Woldeyes, I'm, Billene Seyoum, Pieter, Jan De Block, they'd Organizations: CNN, Airbus, Ethiopian Airlines, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's, Ministers, Emergency, SOE, State, US Customs, Border Protection, Dulles International, US Department of Homeland Security, CBP, Boeing, Ethiopian Airlines crew, Airline, Tigrayans, UN, Bole, Ethiopian Locations: Belgium, Tigray, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Addis, Brussels, Europe, Ethiopia's Afar, Washington, DC, Lagos, Nigeria, Dublin, Ireland, Washington , DC, Tigrayans, United States, Sudan, Um Rakuba, Addis Ababa's Bole, Dulles, FlightRadar24, Eritrea
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) Fighters from Ethiopia's northern Tigray region have been accused of gang rape and physical assault by 16 women in the neighboring Amhara region, according to a report released by Amnesty International on Wednesday. CNN has not interviewed the women and cannot independently verify the claims. "The testimonies we heard from survivors describe despicable acts by TPLF fighters that amount to war crimes, and potentially crimes against humanity. They defy morality or any iota of humanity," said Agnès Callamard, Amnesty International's secretary general. According to Amnesty's interviews, one woman, a 30-year-old food seller in the town, claimed TPLF fighters raped her in front of her children, slapped and kicked her before taking food items from her house.
Persons: Nifas Mewcha, Agnès Callamard Organizations: CNN, Fighters, Amnesty International, Amnesty Locations: Tigray, Amhara, Nifas
(CNN) Witnesses say Tigrayans are being arrested in Addis Ababa in a wave of alleged ethnic targeting by authorities, after a year-long conflict in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region. Several Tigrayans living in the capital said police would not explain why they had arrested their family members and neighbors, including a young mother and an elderly priest. She added that the arrests of ethnic Tigrayans "had become a common thing," and were no longer a surprise to the community. But he conceded that most of the people being detained were ethnic Tigrayans, while saying people of other ethnicities had also been taken into custody. Amnesty International leveled similar accusations against Ethiopia in July, saying then: "Police in Addis Ababa have arbitrarily arrested and detained dozens of Tigrayans without due process ...
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Rahel, Gebremeskel, Teklay, Alem, EHRC, Fasika Fenta, Fasika, that's Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian, Nebiyat, Amnesty, Addis, Fighters, Police Locations: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's, Tigray, Ethiopia
(CNN) The capital of Ethiopia's war-torn Tigray region was covered in smoke on Wednesday as the city was hit by another day of airstrikes, eyewitnesses and authorities told CNN. The airstrikes on Mekelle were targeting weapons sites used by the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), said Billene Seyoum, an Ethiopian government spokesperson. Ethiopia's federal government launched a military offensive to oust the TPLF last November and fighting has been ongoing since. Seyoum added that one of these sites, Mesfin Industrial Engineering, has been "appropriated by the TPLF as a heavy weapons storage, manufacturing and repair site." Getachew Reda, spokesperson for the TPLF, responded on Twitter to the airstrike saying it "targeted a residential quarters in Mekelle causing injury to civilians and harm to property."
Persons: Billene Seyoum, Seyoum, Reda Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian, Engineering, Twitter Locations: Tigray, Mekelle
It is the first time this weapons trade between the former foes has been documented during the nearly year-long war in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region. A separate senior administration official told CNN that the White House was looking into the allegations detailed in its report. "That may require fines to be imposed, it may require individual sanctions against Ethiopian Airlines executives. The war between Ethiopia's military and forces loyal to the TPLF, which controls Tigray, broke out in November 2020. International criticisms have been growing over the role of the Ethiopian government and its allies in restricting critical humanitarian aid in Tigray.
Persons: Biden, Joe Biden, Tom Malinowski, Malinowski, Abiy Ahmed, Isaias Afwerki, Antonio Guterres, Guterres, Ethiopia's, Jen Psaki, Psaki Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian Airlines, Wednesday CNN, Chicago Convention, White, Ethiopian, National, International, Ethiopia Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines executives, Biden Administration, National Defense, UN, General, United Nations, Addis Ababa Locations: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Tigray, Ethiopia's, Addis, Asmara, Massawa, New Jersey
(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
(CNN) Ethiopia's government said Friday that "social media posts and claims cannot be taken as evidence" after a CNN investigation found that Ethiopian soldiers executed unarmed men in the country's war-torn Tigray region. "The Ethiopian government has indicated its open will for independent investigations to be undertaken in the Tigray region," the office of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed told CNN in a statement Friday. The statement added: "Social media posts and claims cannot be taken as evidence, regardless of whether Western media report it or not. CNN investigation, carried out with Amnesty International and published Thursday, verified footage of soldiers executing a group of at least 11 unarmed men before disposing of their bodies near the Tigrayan town of Mahibere Dego. The Ethiopian government did not respond to CNN's request for comment until after the investigation was published and broadcast.
Persons: Ethiopia's, Abiy Ahmed Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian, Ethiopian Human Rights, UN Office, High, Human, Amnesty Locations: Tigray, Mahibere
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
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
(CNN) The Nigerian army admitted on Saturday that soldiers were given both live and blank bullets when they were deployed to protests at Lekki toll gate on October 20. "The soldiers they were both given both live and blank bullets. Gen. Ahmed Taiwo attends a judicial panel investigating the shooting of protesters in Lagos, Nigeria, on November 14, 2020. That is why they were armed (with) blank bullets in addition to the live (bullets) they were carrying." This is the first time the Nigerian army has admitted having live rounds at the Lekki toll gate.
Persons: Ahmed Taiwo, hoodlums, Taiwo, Read Organizations: CNN Locations: Brig, Lagos, Nigeria
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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