The U.S. State Department said Monday that all sides committed war crimes and crimes against humanity during the recent conflict in northern Ethiopia. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the findings from Washington, D.C., Monday — just days after his return from Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, where Blinken met with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and representatives from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken: “The conflict in Northern Ethiopia was devastating. Men, women and children were killed. Women and girls were subject to horrific forms of sexual violence. Thousands were forcibly displaced from their homes. Entire communities were specifically targeted based on their ethnicity. Many of these actions were not random or a mere byproduct of war. They were calculated and deliberate.”
Blinken stopped short of stating that the Ethiopian government’s atrocities in Tigray constituted genocide.