“I’ve counted 230 our bodies. I’m afraid that is the deadliest assault towards civilians we now have seen in our lifetime,” Abdul-Seid Tahir, a resident of Gimbi county, advised The Related Press after barely escaping the assault on Saturday.
“We’re burying them in mass graves, and we’re nonetheless gathering our bodies. Federal military models have now arrived, however we concern that the assaults may proceed in the event that they go away.”
One other witness, who gave solely his first title, Shambel over fears for his security, mentioned the native Amhara group is now desperately looking for to be relocated someplace else “earlier than one other spherical of mass killings occur.” He mentioned ethnic Amhara that settled within the space about 30 years in the past in resettlement packages at the moment are being “killed like chickens.”
Each witnesses blamed the Oromo Liberation Military for the assaults. In a press release, the Oromia regional authorities additionally blamed the OLA, saying the rebels attacked “after being unable to withstand the operations launched by (federal) safety forces.”
An OLA spokesman, Odaa Tarbii, denied the allegations.
“The assault you’re referring to was dedicated by the regime’s army and native militia as they retreated from their camp in Gimbi following our current offensive,” he mentioned in a message to the AP.
“They escaped to an space referred to as Tole, the place they attacked the native inhabitants and destroyed their property as retaliation for his or her perceived assist for the OLA. Our fighters had not even reached that space when the assaults happened.”
Ethiopia is experiencing widespread ethnic tensions in a number of areas, most of them over historic grievances and political tensions. The Amhara folks, the second-largest ethnic group amongst Ethiopia’s greater than 110 million inhabitants, have been focused regularly in areas like Oromia.
The federal government-appointed Ethiopian Human Rights Fee on Sunday referred to as on the federal authorities discover a “lasting answer” to the killing of civilians and defend them from such assaults.