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Ethiopia: Amhara militia and TPLF army engaged in fierce fighting throughout Amhara state

Ethiopian rebels

By William Davison

Militias are clashing with the army in parts of Gojam and Gondar areas of Amhara, with 10 people dying Wednesday in Metemma on the Sudan border, and four in Debark to the north of Gondar city, said Yared Hailemariam, executive director for the Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia, which is based in Belgium.

The military is also patrolling Bahir Dar and shooting at protesters, he said by phone from Brussels. Unless the government changes its approach, the unrest may worsen, he said.

“In both Oromia and Amhara region people are saying enough is enough,” Yared said. “They are demanding regime change.”

Authorities in Ethiopia have killed more than 500 people since June, according to human-rights groups, to suppress protests by the two most populous groups, the Oromo and Amhara. Analysts say the demonstrations present the biggest challenge to the government’s authority since it came to power a quarter of a century ago.

Nigusu Tilahun, a spokesman for the Amhara government, said he wasn’t immediately available to comment, while a call to Communications Minister Getachew Reda wasn’t answered.

At Least 40 Anti-Government Protesters Killed in Amhara state by TPLF forces

By DeBirhan

At least 40 anti-government protesters plus children have been killed in Gonder, Northern Ethiopia since yesterday by Agazi killing squad of the Tigrean Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) led regime, according to ESAT. Hundreds were wounded.

The places of the killing included Amba Giorgis, Metema and Simada.

The total number of protesters killed since the anti-government protests began in November 2015 has now gone over 700 in Oromia and Amhara regions.

ESAT also reported that in Metema, a border town with the Sudan, at least 10 people were killed and 20 others injured as regime forces shot indiscriminately at protesters.
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