A Sudanese official has said local authorities in Kassala province have found around 50 bodies of people fleeing the war in neighbouring Ethiopia’s Tigray region, floating in the river between the countries. Some bodies were found with gunshot wounds or their hands bound.
An Ethiopian government-created Twitter account on Monday called the accounts of bodies a fake campaign by “propagandists” .
Tewodros Tefera, a surgeon who fled the nearby Tigray city of Humera to Sudan, told the Associated Press that two of the bodies were found on Monday, one a man with his hands bound and the other a woman with a chest wound. Fellow refugees have buried at least 10 other bodies, he said
Another doctor working in Hamdayet who saw the bodies told The Associated Press that some of the corpses had facial markings indicating they were ethnic Tigrayans. “I saw a lot of barbaric things,” said the doctor. “Some had been struck by an axe.” Witnesses at the river told him they had not been able to catch all the bodies floating downstream because of the water’s swift flow during the rainy season.