Earlier this month, the Ethiopian Armed Forces launched an operation in the Tigray region, after the authorities accused the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the regional governing party, of attacking a local military base.
The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has stated that at least 34 people were killed in a “gruesome” attack on a passenger bus in the western part of the country. According to the EHRC, the death toll from the attack in the Benishangul-Gumuz region is likely to rise.
“The latest attack is a grim addition to the human cost which we bear collectively.” – @DanielBekele@EthioHRC is saddened to learn of gruesome attack on passenger bus heading from Wonbera to Chagni in Benishangul-Gumuz on Nov 14. Fatalities estimated at 34, but likely to rise.
— Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (@EthioHRC) November 15, 2020
Tensions in the African country escalated amid clashes in the country’s Tigray region between local troops and federal forces. Last week, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali announced a six-month state of emergency in Tigray, citing “illegal and violent activities [that are] endangering the constitution and constitutional order”.