Renewed ethnic clashes reported in Benishangul Gumuz Region of Ethiopia; thousands displaced

It is reported that there is a renewed ethnic violence in Benishangul Gumuz Region of Ethiopia. Several people have lost their lives and tens of thousands have been displaced. Most of the displaced are from the Oromo ethnic group.

Yesterday, officials of Benishangul Gumuz Region have accused the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) fighters of assassinating local officials.

Amnesty International has called on “the government to investigate the killing of at least 40 people in Kamashi Zone, Benishangul and bring to justice those responsible for the assassination of 4 Zone officials during the conflict.”

A similar violence had erupted last June. Some local administrative officials were held responsible for inciting the ethnic clash.

VOA has the following report (Amharic):