- Multiple witnesses have claimed that Ethiopian soldiers killed over 70 civilians and looted properties in Majete, a rural town in the northeastern Amhara region, since occupying it on Sept. 3.1
- The alleged atrocities occurred during house-to-house searches after the regional Fano militia reportedly attacked a position of the federal forces, prompting hours-long fighting between both sides.2
- This comes as the UN reported last month that at least 183 people have been killed in violent clashes in Amhara since July.3
- Fighting between the military and Fano has intensified in recent months, pushing Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's government to declare a state of emergency and block the internet.4
- The weeks-long conflict has reportedly caused a shortage of essential goods and reduced healthcare services in several towns across the region.5
- Meanwhile, Amhara's newly-appointed Pres. Arega Kebede claims that the security situation is returning to normalcy, adding Fano is no longer in a position to allegedly pose a danger to 'the security of the region.'6
- Narrative A, as provided by The conversation. The Amhara people have long been treated as foreigners and national enemies. Still, the Abiy government has escalated this decades-long rhetoric to the next level by sanctioning widespread violence against them. If the international community fails to intervene, a Rwanda-style genocide may soon happen in Ethiopia.
- Narrative B, as provided by Addis standard. While it's a matter of fact that innocent lives have been lost and properties destroyed and looted in clashes to liberate areas under the control of the non-state regional Fano militia and restore peace and order in Amhara, only an investigation per the constitutional system can determine who committed these atrocities.