Hospitals 'vandalised and looted' in Ethiopia

Hospitals 'vandalised and looted' in Ethiopia
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  • calendar-gray 15 March 2021

Nearly 70% of health facilities in Ethiopia's conflict-hit northern region of Tigray have been vandalised and equipment looted, a report by medical charity MSF has found, APA reports citing BBC.

The facilities were "deliberately" attacked to make them "non-functional", Médecins Sans Frontières said.

The Ethiopian authorities say most health services have been restored.

Conflict erupted in Tigray on 4 November 2020 when Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered an offensive to oust the region's former ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), after its fighters had captured federal military bases in the region.

Fighting continues despite Mr Abiy declaring victory at the end of November.

The situation in Tigray "remains extremely concerning" and the conflict continues to displace people, the UN's humanitarian affairs agency (OCHA) said last week.

It added that although aid workers had now been able to access some parts of the region, "many people remain in hard-to-reach areas due to insecurity, logistical and administrative hurdles".

Hundreds of civilians have been killed and tens of thousands displaced in the last five months, a situation that has sparked condemnation around the world.

Last month Amnesty International accused troops from neighbouring Eritrea of killing hundreds of people in the ancient city of Aksum on 28 and 29 November, saying the mass killings may amount to a crime against humanity.

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