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'Grave concern' over Amhara violence - rights body

Monday August 14, 2023

The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has expressed "grave concern" over the "deadly hostilities between the Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF) and the Fano armed group in the Amhara Regional State".

In recent weeks the national army and Fano have been involved in heavy clashes in Amhara.

This has led to drastic action, such as the Israeli government evacuating its citizens and Jewish people from the area last week.

The EHCR has called on "conflicting parties to immediately end" all alleged violations of human rights laws.

It added that it "continues to monitor" the situation.

As we reported earlier, there were reports that dozens of protesters were killed in the region by an army drone - although the BBC could not independently verify this.

The EHCR also cites the use of "heavy artillery" resulting in the "deaths and injuries" of civilians and damage to property.


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