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'They left us for dead.' Tigray refugees tell of horrors after Ethiopian troops vowed they'd be safe

December 8, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

It's very hard to know what is happening in Ethiopia's Tigray region, because the government has endorsed a communications blackout. But a CNN team at the Sudan-Ethiopia border spent days gathering testimony from refugees who say they were targeted because of their Tigray ethnicity.

A spokeswoman for the Ethiopian government denied the existence of the "Fano" Amhara militia but -- confusingly -- did acknowledge that "the militia of the Amhara Region were engaged to the extent of securing border towns between the two regions. "

A CNN team at the Sudan-Ethiopia border spent days gathering testimony from refugees who say they were targeted because of their Tigray ethnicity.

CNN has not been permitted to travel to Ethiopia's Tigray region by the Ethiopian government, although we have requested access.

Gabrgeorgis says that in his town -- Sheraro on the Eritrea-Ethiopia border -- the Eritrean military took over when Ethiopian troops left.

An Ethiopian government spokeswoman did not specifically deny refugees' claims that Eritrean soldiers were involved but dismissed their claims as propaganda spread by regional Tigray forces.

Western diplomats based in the region, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of exacerbating the situation on the ground, told CNN their biggest fear is that the conflict could descend into ethnic cleansing.

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