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Ethiopia More than 200 Ethnic Amhara have been killed in Oromia region

New volunteers receive basic training to become potential reinforcements for pro-government militias or military forces, in the Amhara region of northern Ethiopia, August 2021. Photo / AP

Witnesses in Ethiopia said on Sunday that more than 200 ethnic Amhara have been killed in an attack in the country’s Oromia region and are blaming a rebel group, which denies it.

It is one of the deadliest such attacks in recent memory as ethnic tensions continue in Africa’s second most populous country.

‚ÄúI have counted 230 bodies. I am afraid this is the deadliest attack against civilians we have seen in our lifetime,‚ÄĚ Abdul-Seid Tahir, a resident of Gimbi county, told the Associated Press after barely escaping the attack on Saturday. ‚ÄúWe are burying them in mass graves, and we are still collecting bodies. Federal army units have now arrived, but we fear that the attacks could continue if they leave.‚ÄĚ

Shambel, another witness who gave only his first name over fears for his safety, said the local Amhara community was desperately seeking to be relocated ‚Äúbefore another round of mass killings happen‚ÄĚ. He said ethnic Amhara who settled in the area about 30 years ago in resettlement programmes were being ‚Äúkilled like chickens‚ÄĚ

Both witnesses blamed the Oromo Liberation Army for the attacks. In a statement, the Oromia regional government also blamed the OLA, saying the rebels had attacked ‚Äúafter being unable to resist the operations launched by [federal] security forces‚ÄĚ.

An OLA spokesperson, Odaa Tarbii, denied the allegations. ‚ÄúThe attack you are referring to was committed by the regime‚Äôs military and local militia as they retreated from their camp in Gimbi following our recent offensive,‚ÄĚ he said in a message to the AP.

‚ÄúThey escaped to an area called Tole, where they attacked the local population and destroyed their property as retaliation for their perceived support for the OLA. Our fighters had not even reached that area when the attacks took place.‚ÄĚ

Ethiopia is experiencing widespread ethnic tensions in several regions, most of them over historical grievances and political tensions. The Amhara people, the second-largest ethnic group among Ethiopia’s more than 110 million population, have been targeted frequently in regions like Oromia.

The government-appointed Ethiopian Human Rights Commission on Sunday called on the federal government to find a ‚Äúlasting solution‚ÄĚ to the killing of civilians and protect them from such attacks.


1 thought on “Ethiopia More than 200 Ethnic Amhara have been killed in Oromia region”

  1. This number should be corrected to more than 2000. The number of corpses that were buried has surpassed 1500 by Tuesday, June 21.

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