Second massacre in four days in Ethiopia

The second massacre in the past four days occurred in Ethiopia, Reuters reported. At least 34 people were killed.

Armed militants attacked a bus in the western region of Benishangul-Gumuz. The head of the National Human Rights Commission, Daniel Bekele, called the incident “a grim addition to the human sacrifice that we are all suffering.”

According to Bekele, the death toll is likely to rise as there are a large number of seriously injured in hospitals. He also called on the country’s authorities to develop a security strategy that would prevent further attacks.

On November 12, in the city of Mai-Kadra in the northern region of Tigray, there was a massacre, which killed several hundred people. Human rights defenders cannot yet estimate the exact number of deaths and injuries.

Three days earlier, about 500 soldiers were killed in a clash between the government army and rebels from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Tigray (NPLT), seeking independence for the region.

On November 3, the conflict between the authorities and the NPLT turned into an acute phase – after the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed Ali, the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, declared war on the rebels, whose numbers far outnumber the government forces.