The aim of the massacre is likely to have been to steal the biblical ark allegedly housed there and to wipe out the Tigray culture.
Addis Ababa (kath.net/mk) Around 750 people were killed in an attack on a Christian Orthodox church in Ethiopia, which, according to the tradition of the Ethiopian Church, is supposed to house the Ark of the Covenant. According to the Book of Exodus, this contains the two stone tablets with the ten commandments. The massacre took place in the Tigray region in the north of the country, which has become a theater of war after a political uprising by the ruling party against the state government. "The Christian Post" reported on it. The Ethiopian Prime Minister ordered a military attack, which was also supported by Tigray's archenemy, Eritrea and according to humanitarian organizations is still going on.
“The government and Eritrea want to wipe out the culture of Tigray. They think they are better, ” is how Michael Gervers, history professor at the University of Toronto, explains the true background of the ethnic conflicts. Hundreds of people who sought refuge in the church were escorted out and shot. The attackers' aim was presumably to bring the Ark of the Covenant to the capital Addis Ababa, but they did not succeed.