Fighting In Amhara Region Of Ethiopia Kills 183
The UN human rights office reported on Tuesday that fighting between Ethiopia's military and militiamen in the Amhara region had claimed at least 183 lives, giving the most complete independent death toll of the month-long war to date.
Over a thousand people have been detained nationwide, many of whom are reportedly young people of Amhara ethnicity. The government declared a state of emergency and ordered a response to the violence, the UN said in a statement.
A request for comment was not immediately answered by the government spokesperson for Ethiopia.
Many people in Amhara, Ethiopia's second-most populated area, have claimed that the government is attempting to undermine their security, which has fueled the violence. The accusation is rejected by the government.
Although the militiamen originally drove government soldiers from major towns and cities around the region early this month, the violence has continued.
"With federal forces reasserting their presence in certain towns and Fano militias reportedly retreating into rural areas, we call on all actors to stop killings, other violations, and abuses," the UN said in a statement.
At least four people were killed in new violence in the town of Debre Tabor on Sunday, according to two medical professionals.
According to one of the medical professionals, the fighting began around a week after Ethiopia's soldiers entered the area. Both talked on the condition of anonymity for their safety.
One of the medical personnel said he saw the bodies of four people murdered and many injured in the fighting, including his father-in-law, who he said was shot in the chest by an unknown gunman outside his house.
According to the other doctor, at least seven persons were killed, including three civilians and four police officers fighting in support of the military.