A gruesome massacre was committed by the invading forces at Aksum’s Maryam Tsion church. The massacre took place when the people who were taking refuge in the church tried to defend the looting of The Ark of the Covenant. Some say it is committed by the Ethiopian troops and others by the Eritrean troops.
In the footage below, residents are seen moving the body of one of the more than 700 massacred people. The residents are heard saying “what a devastation, this has happened to Aksum?!”. The people are also seen identifying the victim by his id card: Gebrehiwot Gebrekidan, CBE employee.
Banks are the first targets for Eritrean soldiers to loot. People who are bank employees are therefore shot dead first. This particular victim might have been killed in a branch of a commercial bank, not part of the ones massacred in the church.