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The attack by armed men has claimed the lives of 133 adult men as well as children, women and the elderly.

The death toll from the attack perpetrated in western Ethiopia by armed men on Wednesday rose to 207 , according to a statement consulted on Saturday by AFP and issued by the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC), which had previously reported 100 victims. .

This independent body, attached to the government, had announced that the residents of Metekel, an area of ​​the Benishangul-Gumuz region, had been attacked with bullets on Wednesday before dawn, while they were sleeping. 

This attack is the latest in a series that has taken place in recent months in this area, where the inhabitants of the Oromo, Amhara, the two largest ethnic groups, and Shinasha live. According to local leaders, these attacks are perpetrated by members of the Gumuz ethnic group and motivated by ethnic factors. 

The Commission ” continues to monitor the situation in Benishangul-Gumuz with the competent authorities and confirms that the balance of the attack that took place (…) at dawn on December 23, 2020 amounted to 207″ deaths, indicates this text published in Friday night.

This figure was already mentioned on Friday by the local authorities who organized the funerals.  

“The effort continues to identify victims with the help of survivors and identity documents,” the Commission added. 

It also specified that the victims, mostly men (133), include women, children and the elderly. 

 

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