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At least 120 killed in Ethiopian ethnic clashes this month


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At least 120 people have been killed in inter-municipal fighting in Ethiopia this month and hundreds more have been forced to flee their homes, according to the opposition Amhara National Movement.

The killings in Ethiopia̵

7;s western region, Benishangul-Gumuz, began on September 6th and have been followed by similar attacks by police in recent months, Desalen Chani, a spokeswoman for the NaMA party, said by telephone on Thursday. Some victims were forcibly taken to school and shot, while others were attacked with spears, Desalen said, citing a hospitalized survivor.

The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission said in a statement that it was “deeply concerned” about the security situation in the region. Regional authorities should launch an investigation into the killings, he said.

Ethiopia has been rocked by deadly clashes as a push by Prime Minister Abi Ahmed for reforms that fuel political tensions. The impending changes have partially preserved regional factionalism and awakened the previously suppressed rivalry between ethnic communities.

“Sporadic security incidents” were “committed by groups seeking to undo the path of reform,” Abbey said on Twitter on Thursday. “A special operation will be activated to bring all perpetrators to justice under the supervision of the Attorney General.”

The violence comes after deadly protests in June, following the assassination of famous singer Hachalu Hundesa in June. About 200 people have been killed and since then the government has arrested 9,000 people, according to the National Rights Commission.

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