MSF suspends Tigray work amid ‘shocking’ violence

Medical charity MSF has suspended its work in some parts of Ethiopia’s war-torn region of Tigray two weeks after three of its staff were killed there.

In a statement, MSF has called “for an immediate investigation into the killings and insists that aid workers are allowed to do their jobs in safety”.

“Almost two weeks since the murders of our colleagues, no one has claimed responsibility and the circumstances around their deaths remain unclear,” MSF operations director Teresa Sancristoval said.

She described the decision to suspend work in Abi Adi, Adigrat and Axum as “extremely painful but necessary”.

“The murder of our colleagues – María, Tedros and Yohannes – is a tragic example of the complete disregard for human life that our teams have witnessed in this conflict,” Ms Sancristoval said.

“The levels of violence against civilians and the atrocities committed in Tigray are utterly shocking.”

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