This November 20, 2020 photograph shows a survivor of the November 9, 2020 Mai Kadra massacre, holding his head as he recovers at the Gondar University Hospital, in the city of Gondar. - A local youth group aided by police and militia killed at least 600 people in a "rampage" during the first week of fighting in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region, the national rights watchdog said on November 24, 2020.
The massacre in the town of Mai-Kadra is the worst-known attack on civilians during Ethiopia's ongoing internal conflict pitting federal forces against leaders of Tigray's ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF).
Some Tigrayan refugees from Mai-Kadra who have fled across the border to Sudan blame government forces for killings there.
Amnesty International previously reported that "scores, and likely hundreds, of people were stabbed or hacked to death" in the November 9 attack in Mai-Kadra.
But November 24, 2020's report from the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) provides a more detailed account, accusing the Tigrayan youth group known as "Samri" of targeting non-Tigrayan seasonal labourers working on sesame and sorghum farms in the area.
The EHRC is a government-affiliated but independent body whose chief commissioner, Daniel Bekele, was appointed by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. (Photo by EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP)