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War updates from Amhara Region, Ethiopia – July 1st to 7th, 2024

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Updated July 8th, 2024


Overview


For the week of July 1st to 7th, 2024, fighting between Amhara Fano freedom fighters (Fano) and Prosperity Party regime joint forces (regime forces) has continued in various parts of Amhara Region in Ethiopia with several incidents reported in Oromia Region. Other armed groups implicated in violations include the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), Oromo Liberation Army (OLA), Oromia Region Special Forces (OSF).


  • This week, two high-ranking military generals and former Amhara Special Forces commanders including Brigadier-General Tefera Mamo and Brigadier-General Tezera Nigussie joined Fano.


  • Prosperity Party regime members have established peace committees to compel the Fano to surrender.


  • Regime forces’ indiscriminate shelling has killed dozens of unarmed civilians in parts of Central Gonder including women, priests and monks.


  • Widespread displacement has been reported in Abergele Woreda (Wag Hemra Zone) as a result of TPLF-affiliated militants harassing and extorting residents.


  • In Raya-Alamata Woreda, residents have called for removal of TPLF militants amidst widespread abuses.


  • In East Telemt, West Telemt and Mai-Temri Woredas, reports continue of widespread summary executions, arrests, and mass looting by TPLF militants against native Amhara residents of Telemt. At least 715 TPLF soldiers (not native to the region) have infiltrated the region under the guise of resettling internally displaced persons (IDPs). Additionally, former TPLF officials have also infiltrated into the area, indicating a concerted effort to restore the old Tigrayan administration in the area.


  • On July 3rd, OLA militants abducted more than 100 Amhara civilians for ransom near Goha-Tsion town in Gebre-Guracha Woreda (North Shewa Zone, Oromia Region). The abduction victims were predominantly travelers from Amhara Region to Addis Ababa city.


  • In North Shewa, East Wollega and Horo-Guduru-Wollega Zones (Oromia Region), OLA militants and OSF militants have continued attacks against Amhara residents.



War Update Report - July 1 to 7
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