The massacres occurred in the towns of Gutu, Chekorsa, Silesaw, Genene, Jaka Sefer and Hayaw, all of them within the Gimbi district, a farmer from Silesaw, Dametaw Alebel, told EFE.
The attackers opened fire from 3:00 a.m. local time (0:00 GMT) until noon, killing hundreds of people of the Amhara ethnic group, including children.
“We buried 250 people on Sunday alone,” Dametaw told the EFE news outlet, adding that residents in the area were still looking for more bodies, and looking for some neighbors who had disappeared. In a statement, the Ethiopian federal government accused the OLF-Shene rebels of being responsible for the attack, an accusation that the armed group has denied. ”The Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) (as the OLF-Shene rebels call themselves) does not attack civilians”, said this group in another statement.
“The Gimbi attack was carried out by a group (…) organized by the government,” added the rebels. On Monday, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed condemned this attack on his Twitter social network account. ”The attacks on innocent civilians and the destruction of livelihoods by illegal and irregular forces are unacceptable. We have zero tolerance for the horrific acts that recently claimed lives in the Beninshangul and Oromia regions.”, Abiy wrote.
“Restoring peace and security in the affected communities will remain our top priority,” the Ethiopian leader insisted. The OLF-Shene seeks self-determination for the Oromo people, historically marginalized by the federal governmentl.The Ethiopian Federal Army is conducting a special operation to put an end to OLF-Shene and has killed more than 1,000 rebels during “the last two months”, Abiy pointed out last week during an intervention in Parliament.
On June 14, there were dozens of deaths around the city of Gambella (east), capital of the region of the same name, during another attack attributed to OLF-Shene. According to the regional authorities, the rebels had the objective of taking control of the city of Gambella. In addition to community violence, The country is going through a convulsive moment due to the war waged since November 2020 by the rebels of the northern region of Tigré and the federal government.
WITH INFORMATION FROM EFE
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