Properties Destroyed, Civilians killed by Armed Groups in W. Ethiopia: EHRC

ADDIS ABABA – Sedal Woreda of Benishangul-Gumuz Region’s Kamashi Zone has come under near full control of an armed group as of April 19, 2021, said the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

In a statement late Wednesday, the Commission said the armed group has burned down and looted public and private property in the Woreda with an estimated population of 25,000.

The woreda administration and local police have fled the area, people who fled the area told the EHRC.

There are also reports that civilians have been killed and public servants have been kidnapped, according to the commission.

“A small contingent of the regional security force in the vicinity is outnumbered and additional forces deployed to the area have not reached the locality yet,” the residents told the EHRC on Wednesday.

“This escalation of the insecurity plaguing the region is alarming,” said EHRC, adding it is monitoring the situation and is in communication with federal and regional government authorities.

The Commission has also called for the immediate reinforcement of the security forces in the area and in the region as a whole.

The speedy intervention is needed “to prevent further loss of life and human rights violations”, the commission said.