Over a Hundred Villagers Massacred in Ethiopia

The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission reported that at least 102 people have been killed in Ethiopia’s western region of Benishangul-Gumuz.

The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission reported that at least 102 people have been killed in Ethiopia’s western region of Benishangul-Gumuz.

“Armed forces attacked residents in their sleep setting fire and shooting that killed over 100 people,” said the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission.

The attackers reportedly started attacking the village of Bekoji in Bulen county in the Metekel zone at around 4 AM after security forces withdrew from the area after prime minister Abiy Ahmed’s visit. 

According to survivors, the attackers targeted ethnic Amhara while victims said they knew the people involved in the attack and said it was “people from the forest.” a term used to describe Gumuz people.

Gashu Dugaz, a senior regional security official, said they were aware of the Benishangul-Gumuz attack and are currently verifying the identities of the attackers and the victims.

Ahmed said he had already deployed security forces to the region and condemned the attack. 

“The massacre of civilians in Benishangul-Gumuz region is very tragic. The government, to solve the root causes of the problem, has deployed a necessary force,” said Abiy.


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