Eritrean soldiers killed civilians in revenge after a defeat in Cheli.
After being defeated in a battle in Cheli, Eritrean soldiers went to the village killing people in revenge. It is estimated that more than 80 people died, but survivors were only to bury the dead after 3 days. Some bodies were eaten by hyena's, leaving sometimes only some pieces of clothing to identify the people. Satellite imagery shows hundreds of houses in the area burned