Dozens of Bodies Found in River Between Ethiopia’s Tigray, Sudan

A Sudanese official in Kassala province has said on Monday that local authorities have found around 50 bodies floating in the Setit river between Ethiopia’s Tigray and Sudan.

Authorities said the bodies were apparently people fleeing the war in neighboring Ethiopia’s Tigray region because some bodies were found with gunshot wounds or their hands bound.

“They were shot in their chest, abdomen, legs… and also had their hands tied,” said Dr. Tewodros Tefera, a surgeon who escaped from the Ethiopian border town of Humera.

Tefera told Reuters he had buried 10 bodies over the past six days in Sudan. He said local fishermen and refugees recovered another 28 including seven on Monday.

Tefera said the bodies were found downstream from Humera, where authorities and allied fighters from Ethiopia’s Amhara region have been accused by refugees of forcing out local Tigrayans during the war while claiming that western Tigray is their land.

Tigrayans have previously accused Amhara forces allied to the central government of dumping bodies in the river which the government has denied.

An Ethiopian government-run Twitter account said on Monday that the incident of floating bodies circulating on social media was due to a fake campaign by Tigrayan “propagandists.”

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