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US sanctions Eritrean army chief over rights abuses in Tigray

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Washington (AFP) – The United States imposed sanctions Monday on Eritrea’s army chief over abuses including massacres and widespread sexual assault in Ethiopia’s war-scarred Tigray region.  The move by the US Treasury Department against General Filipos Woldeyohannes, chief of staff of the Eritrean Defense Forces (EDF), comes amid reports Eritrea has deployed reinforcements to parts of Tigray as fighting escalates. Forces under Filipos’ command are responsible for “massacres, looting, and sexual assaults,” the Treasury Department said in a statement. “EDF troops have raped, tortured, and execut…

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