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War updates from Amhara Region, Ethiopia - May 20 to 26, 2024

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Updated May 26th, 2024


For the week of May 20th to 26th, 2024, fighting between Amhara Fano freedom fighters (Fano) and Prosperity Party regime joint forces (joint regime forces) has continued in various parts of Amhara Region in Ethiopia.

  • Regime forces have perpetrated extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, sexual violence and looting targeting unarmed civilians including children and elderly persons. Victims are often accused of providing support to Fano forces. There have also been identity based attacks including on the basis of religious affiliation. There has also increasingly been a trend of abducting civilians including family members of suspected Fano forces for use as hostages.

  • Regime forces have targeted farmers and withheld farming resources (e.g. fertilizer).

  • Educational services have been disrupted in areas with fighting and children have been unable to go to school.

  • Transportation blockades have restricted travel between various areas.

  • Fano forces have continued to gain the upper hand in military engagements with joint regime forces. In addition, regime forces have defected in significant numbers indicating low morale among their ranks. There has also been indications of discord between various factions within the joint regime force.

War Update Report - May 20 to 26
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