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War updates from Amhara Region, Ethiopia - June 10th to 16th, 2024

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Updated June 16th, 2024


Overview


For the week of June 10th to 16th, 2024, fighting between Amhara Fano freedom fighters (Fano) and Prosperity Party regime joint forces (regime forces) has continued in various parts of Amhara Region while regime forces have continues identity-based attacks against civilians in Oromia Region in Ethiopia. Some notable developments are summarized as follows.


  • Joint regime forces [Regime riot dispersal forces, militias and to a lesser extent regular soldiers from the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF)] continue to see mass defections and low morale among their ranks including regular army forces, riot dispersal forces and militias.


  • Regime forces have continued extrajudicial killings, property looting, mass arrests/abductions and collective punishment tactics against residents under pretext of supporting Fano forces. In West Armachiho (West Gonder Zone), political figures and medical doctors are among the victims of the mass detentions.


  • Sudanese refugees in Metemma (West Gonder Zone) report facing neglect and withholding of humanitarian assistance from local authorities.


  • Forces from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) have been carrying out various abuses against residents in Raya Alamata Woreda (North Wollo Zone) which remains under TPLF occupation. Abuses include extrajudicial killings and abductions which recently prompted peaceful demonstrations calling for removal of TPLF forces.


  • TPLF forces attempted another military aggression against residents in Telemt Woreda. The TPLF has also been equipping internally displaced residents in preparation for an anticipated invasion of the Welkait Tegede Setit Humera Zone.


  • Regime forces have intensified an attack against Amhara farmers in Abe-Dongoro Woreda and surrounding areas of Horo Guduru Wollega Zone (Oromia Region) under pretext of disarming local farmers.


  • Farmers in Efratana-Gidim Woreda (North Shewa Zone) report facing attacks from regime militias and Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) militants crossing over from the neighboring Oromo Special Zone (Amhara Region) which has prevented them from harvesting.






War Update Report - June 10 to 16 2024
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