Rebels from Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region have seized control of the town of Lalibela, a Unesco world heritage site in neighbouring Amhara region. Thousands have been killed since war broke out last November with both the Tigray rebel forces and the Ethiopian army and its allies accused of committing widescale human rights abuses and war crimes.
Fighting had already spread into Amhara and Afar, another region bordering Tigray before the seizures of the protected 13th Century churches … Click Here for our Full Analysis direct to your mailbox or smart device.
Lalibela is a town in the Amhara region of northern Ethiopia. It’s known for its distinctive rock-cut churches dating from the 12th and 13th centuries, which are pilgrimage sites for Coptic Christians. Carved out of rock, the subterranean monoliths include huge Bete Medhane Alem, and cross-shaped Bete Giyorgis. Many are joined by tunnels and trenches, and some have carved bas-reliefs and colored frescoes inside
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