Ethiopia Veterans Wants Apology, Compensation From Italy

Ethiopia Veterans Wants Apology, Compensation From Italy Ethiopia Veterans Wants Apology, Compensation From Italy

Ethiopian veterans, who gathered on Tuesday to commemorate comrades who fell during the Second Italo-Ethiopian War (1936-1940), say Rome should apologize and provide compensation for its use of chemical weapons – namely, mustard gas – during the conflict.

“Italy should issue an apology and compensate Ethiopia for all of its war crimes, in particular for the chemical attack against Ethiopians,” Daniel Jote Mesfin, head of the Ethiopian Patriots’ Association, told The Anadolu Agency.

Italy’s Benito Mussolini regime tried to invade Ethiopia for the second time in 1936 after Italian troops were defeated in the Battle of Adwa in 1896.

On May 5 of each year, Ethiopian veterans gather to commemorate Ethiopian Patriots’ Victory Day to honor their brothers-in-arms who fell in the conflict, during which Italy used mustard gas against Ethiopian villages and Red Cross camps.

 

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