Over a hundred people are killed in the most recent massacre along cultural lines in western Ethiopia, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission said Wednesday, and the cost is predicted to rise.
The assault in the Metekel zone of Benishangul-Gumuz area happened a day after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed visited the area and talked about the need to finish such massacres. Ethnic tensions are a significant challenge as he attempts to promote national unity in a nation with over 80 ethnic groups.
The strikes are different from the deadly battle in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, in which Ethiopian forces and allied regional forces started battling Tigray regional forces in early November.
Many people in distant villages stayed encircled and under danger on Wednesday evening, with the death toll believed to be over 200, Belete Molla, head of the National Movement of Amhara political party, claimed after talking with residents.
Amnesty International, which talked with five giants, stated members of this cultural Gumuz community attacked the houses of ethnic Amhara, Oromo, and Shinasha, putting them on fire and stabbing and shooting residents.
Dozens of people are still unaccounted for,” Amnesty stated.
The ruling party in the area, ” the Benishangul-Gumuz Prosperity Party, said in a statement that armed bandits had perpetrated a”dreadful offense “
Amharas are the 2nd most populous ethnic group in Ethiopia, and they’ve been targeted repeatedly lately. 1 rebel attack on Nov. 1 at the far western Oromia area killed at least 54 people, according to Amnesty International.
An assault in the Benishangul-Gumuz area in early October killed at least 14 civilians, according to a security officer. It followed similar fatal strikes in September that also displaced over 300 individuals, causing the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission to state it was profoundly alarmed.