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US Embassy expresses concern over attacks in #Oromo special zone and north shewa in #Amhara region

US Embassy expresses concern over attacks in #Oromo special zone and north shewa in #Amhara region

The US Embassy in #Addis_Abeba has raised concerns over reports of civilian casualties and displacement in the #Oromo special zone and North Shewa zone of the #Amhara Region.

In a statement, Ervin Jose Massinga, the US ambassador to Ethiopia, urged all parties to refrain from violence that displaces people from their homes. “We urge the protection of civilians and a commitment to dialogue to address Ethiopia’s complex political and security challenges,” he said.

The statement comes a day after Arega Kebede, president of Amhara Region, held discussions with Ambassador Massinga on current peace and development activities in the region.

On 20 March, Addis Standard reported that multiple casualties had occurred in the Oromo Special zone in Amhara region, which local residents attribute to a series of coordinated attacks allegedly carried out by the “#Fano” militia and regional police forces.

In the Jille Dhumuga district alone, locals claim 27 individuals lost their lives, and over 40 others sustained injuries in the attacks since 9 March.

Additionally, reports indicate that on 21 March, eight individuals were killed, and more than 20 were injured in an attack by militants in #Ataye town, located in the North Shewa zone.

Residents of Ataye provided varying accounts, with one citing the involvement of elements described as “#Shene” militants, while another attributed the attack to the “Fano” militia.

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By Chala Dandessa

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