Asked about the reports that Ethiopian forces were responsible for the massacre, State Department spokesman Ned Price said: “We are gravely concerned by reported human rights violations, abuses, and atrocities in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. We strongly condemn the killings, the forced removals, the sexual assaults, the other human rights abuses that multiple organizations have reported.”
“We are, of course, looking into these reports. We have taken close note of them and we’ll continue to pay close attention,” Price added.
“The immediate and complete withdrawal of Eritrean troops from Tigray will be an important step forward in de-escalating the conflict and restoring peace and regional stability,” he said. He did not comment on whether the US has confirmed the withdrawal has started.
“The Ethiopian government has indicated its open will for independent investigations to be undertaken in the Tigray region,” the statement added.