Ethiopia conflict in Tigray region sparks war crime fears as some 14,500 flee to Sudan, UN says

Government-aligned militias are reportedly working with state military forces in Tigray.(Reuters: Tiksa Negeri)

Fighting between Ethiopian government forces and rebellious northern leaders could spiral out of control and war crimes may have been committed, the United Nations says.

The 10-day conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region has killed hundreds, sent refugees flooding into Sudan, and raised fears it may involve Eritrea or force Ethiopia to divert its troops from an African Union (AU) force opposing al Qaeda-linked militants in Somalia.

It may also blemish the reputation of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who won a Nobel Peace Prize for a 2018 peace pact with Eritrea and had won plaudits for opening Ethiopia’s economy and easing a repressive political system.

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