Deadly airstrike kills 26, injures 55 in Ethiopia’s restive Amhara region

Air strike by Ethiopia.- India TV Hindi.

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Ethiopian air strike.

Ethiopia has launched a massive airstrike at an intersection in the troubled Amhara town area. Dozens of people have been killed in this air strike. At least 26 people were killed and more than 55 injured in an airstrike on a crowded town square in Ethiopia’s restive Amhara region, a senior health official said Monday. Members of local militias have been clashing with the Ethiopian army over efforts to eliminate them, and last week the army recaptured key Amhara towns by force.

The Fant Salem community center was targeted in an airstrike on Sunday, said the health official, who, like the others, spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals. The official said that 22 people died on the spot and many of the injured had to have their limbs amputated. Two residents said the airstrikes targeted a truck carrying civilians who were returning after delivering food to militia fighters called Fano. A federal government spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A local teacher said that we heard a great noise from the sky. “Many people were killed and injured when the bomb fell here.

Many buildings destroyed

The state-appointed Ethiopian Human Rights Commission on Monday noted “credible reports” of attacks and shelling in Fant Salem and other Amhara towns, which resulted in “several civilian casualties.” He also said that Amhara regional officials were the targets of the attacks. As a result, the local state structure temporarily collapsed in many areas. Ethiopia’s cabinet declared a state of emergency in the Amhara region earlier this month. That ended with a peace accord last November. Lawyers and witnesses say authorities are now arresting hundreds, if not thousands, of people in the Ethiopian capital amid the Amhara unrest.

The army arrested thousands of people.

Under the state of emergency imposed during the Tigray conflict, thousands of ethnic Tigreans were detained across the country. This time, the rights commission said, “there have been mass arrests of citizens who are of Amhara descent.” The emergency measures also appear to be having an effect in the capital, Addis Ababa, where suspects are being held in police stations, schools and other makeshift detention centers after being taken off the streets, two lawyers said. Other lawyers also spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation. A lawyer said he visited seven schools and police stations last week where “hundreds” of people were being held. Another lawyer quoted police sources as saying that 3,000 people have been arrested in Addis Ababa.

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