Ark of the Covenant Raid Attempted. Hundreds Die Defending It.
Multiple sourcesare reporting that an attempt was made to steal the Ark of the Covenant in December 2020 in Ethiopia. The story, which is only now being discovered by western sources, indicates that the attempt was carried out by federal troops in conjunction with members of the Amhara militia, which aimed to transfer the Ark to Addis Ababa. The plotters were identified by local residents who responded in the hundreds in an attempt to protect the Ark. It is unclear whether the raid met with any success, but the Ark is reported to be held "safely" in a church in Axum. The raid was reportedlyassociated with a massacre of local Christians, including the killing of parents in front of their children.
The Ark of the Covenant is said to house the tablets of the Ten Commandments. It was carried into Jerusalem under Moses's direction. The Ark was captured by the Philistines in battle and was subsequently lost. It said to be kept in a Church in Ethiopia where only one monk is allowed access to it at any time. No one has been able to independently confirm its presence or determine whether it is the actual Ark referenced in the Old Testament.