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Red Cross Says Death Toll in Deadly Benishangul-Gumuz Attack in Ethiopia Climbs to 207

Dec 25, 2020
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Earlier it was reported that up to 100 civilians were killed as a result of a series of attacks by militants in Ethiopia’s western Benishangul-Gumuz regional state.

At least 207 people were killed in a series of deadly attack in a western Ethiopian state, the Red Cross has said.

“Yesterday we buried 207 people who are the victims and 15 more from the attackers,” volunteer Melese Mesfin told Reuters.

The incidents took place late on Tuesday in Bekuji Kebelle, Bulen Wereda, and Metekel Zone. The attackers reportedly targeted members of the Amhara community. National news magazine Addis Standard reported on Wednesday, citing eyewitnesses, that over 90 people were killed in the attack.

Another eyewitness told the magazine that local residents had repeatedly notified the security forces of the attacks, but they arrived only after the militants had left.




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