Ethiopia: three MSF employees murdered in the Tigray region

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Three Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) employees were killed in the war region of Tigray. The humanitarian organization denounces “a brutal assassination”.

Three Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) employees, a Spanish and two Ethiopians, were killed in an attack in the warring region of Tigray in Ethiopia, the Spanish branch of MSF announced on Friday (June 25th).

“We lost contact with them and the car they were traveling in yesterday afternoon, and this morning the vehicle was found empty and their bodies lifeless a few meters away,” MSF said in a statement. denouncing “a brutal assassination”.

María Hernández, a 35-year-old Spanish citizen, was one of MSF’s emergency coordinators in Tigray. Yohannes Halefom Reda and Tedros Gebremariam Gebremichael, both Ethiopians and aged 31, were coordinating assistant and driver for the NGO.

“María, Yohaness and Tedros were there to help the population and it is unthinkable that they paid with their lives for that”, continued the NGO.

Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya denounced on Twitter the “murder” of these three MSF employees and indicated that Madrid was in “contact with the Ethiopian authorities to clarify the facts and repatriate the corpse” of María Hernández.

The Ethiopian federal army has been carrying out an operation since November in Tigray which has led to the overthrow of the dissident local authorities, from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). Since then, Addis Ababa has installed a transitional administration in this region.

This military operation turned into a long-term conflict, marked by numerous accounts of abuses against civilians (massacres, rapes, population displacements, etc.).

On Tuesday, at least 64 people were killed and 180 others injured in a market in the region, in an airstrike led by the Ethiopian army which claims to have targeted rebel fighters.

With AFP

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