Idaga Hibret massacre

The Idaga Hibret massacre was a mass extrajudicial killing that took place in Idaga Hibret (Tigrinya: ዕዳጋ ህብረት) in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia during the Tigray War, on 20 April 2021.[1] Idaga Hibret is a village that belongs to woredaAsgede, Northwestern zone of Tigray.

Massacre in Idaga Hibret, Northwestern Tigray as part of Tigray war
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Idaga Hibret massacre
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Location of Idaga Hibret in Tigray (Ethiopia)
Location Idaga Hibret (Tigrinya: ዕዳጋ ህብረት), Tigray Region, Ethiopia
Date 20 April 2021
Target Tigrayans
Attack type
Deaths 20 civilians
Perpetrators Eritrean Defence Forces

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The Eritrean Defence Forces (EDF) killed twenty civilians in Idaga Hibret (Northwestern Tigray) on 20 April 2021.[2][1]EEPA also reports that most of the victims were farmers, and that the Eritrean forces denied burial service and left the bodies in the street. EEPA further dates the massacre to 29 April.[2]

Typical massacres committed by Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers in the Tigray war are (1) revenge when they lose a battle; (2) to terrorise and extract information about whereabouts of TPLF leaders; (3) murder of suspected family members of TDF fighters; and (4) terrorising the Tigray society as a whole such as in case of mass killings in churches.[3]

Villagers reported the perpetrators of this massacre as being Eritrean soldiers.[4]

The “Tigray: Atlas of the humanitarian situation” mentions 20 victims of this massacre,[1] three of whom have been identified.[4]

The “Tigray: Atlas of the humanitarian situation”,[1] that documented this massacre received international media attention, particularly regarding its Annex A, that lists massacres in the Tigray War.[3][5][6][7]

After months of denial by the Ethiopian authorities that massacres occurred in Tigray, a joint investigation by OHCHR and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission was announced in March 2021.[8]

While the Ethiopian government promised that Eritrean troops will be pulled out from Tigray, the Eritrean government denies any participation in warfare in Tigray, let alone in massacres.[9]

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