He told The Associated Press via phone that everything was covered in black smoke and it was like a hell. This was his account of one of the most brutal attacks on the Tigray conflict. "There was so many blood."
In his cafe, seven people were killed and 30 others were injured. His sister-in-law also suffered burns to her hands, face, and legs. He said that he saw many more bodies outside. He watched as the horror of survivors became apparent that Ethiopian soldiers were preventing medical aid from reaching Ethiopia.
He said, "We are very angry because many lives could have been saved."
After Ethiopia's military claimed it was responsible for the attack on Togoga's bustling marketplace on Tuesday, health officials stated that at least 64 people were killed and dozens more were injured. According to health workers, many died because soldiers prevented medical teams from reaching them or from transporting them to Mekele (the regional capital), which is only 60 km (37 miles) away.
According to the military, the airstrike was directed at Tigray fighters wearing civilian clothing who were gathered to commemorate Martyrs Day. Witnesses told the AP by witnesses that even though Tigray loyalists were active in the surrounding countryside for days prior to the airstrike but no armed men were in Togoga the day before.
According to a doctor treating people on the scene, most victims were children and women.
The Togoga airstrike was an example of a massacre that occurred almost immediately in a war that has been fought largely in the shadows. One former resident tweeted the news within minutes. Within hours, the news was condemned worldwide.
The United States called it "reprehensible" and requested that the United Nations and European Union call for a ceasefire in Tigray. Tigray has seen thousands of deaths and hundreds and thousands are now facing the worst famine in a decade.
Shaken survivors of the airstrike questioned the Ethiopian government's narrative and claimed that only civilians were killed.