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Ethiopia's mission to the United Nations condemns the massacre of more than 100 children in Afar

Ethiopia’s mission to the United Nations condemns the massacre of more than 100 children in Afar

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Moscow (Sputnik) – The Permanent Mission of Ethiopia to the United Nations has condemned the massacre of 240 civilians, including 107 children, allegedly perpetrated by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front on August 5 in the Afar region.

“The mass killing of children in Afar and the use of children in combat is unimaginable and amounts to a war being waged against Ethiopia’s future. The international community must take note of the deplorable challenge of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front Liberation Front to the ceasefire and its incursion into Afar and Amhara regions.” The Diplomatic Commission posted on its Twitter account.

A few hours earlier, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said it was “deeply concerned” by reports that more than 200 people, including more than 100 children, were killed in attacks against displaced families who had taken refuge in a health center and school in the district. Afar on Thursday 5 August.

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The escalation of fighting in Afar and other areas adjacent to Tigray is disastrous for children. This comes after months of armed conflict in Tigray that has put nearly 400,000 people, including at least 160,000 children, in famine conditions,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore.

This UN agency estimates that four million people in Tigray and the neighboring Afar and Amhara regions are in a crisis or food insecurity situation that is on the verge of an emergency. More than 100,000 people have been displaced by the recent fighting, joining another 2 million people previously forced to flee their homes. UNICEF estimates that the number of children suffering from life-threatening malnutrition in Tigray will increase tenfold in the next 12 months.

It was Al Jazeera TV that reported on Sunday 9 the massacre of 240 civilians, including 107 children, in Afar, according to the Ethiopian News Agency.