Hundreds of people belonging to the Amhara ethnic group were killed by rebels in Ethiopia’s Oromia region over the weekend, survivors said on Monday, but the insurgents denied the claims, blaming government forces for the deaths. Eyewitnesses, who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity for safety reasons, said the attack lasted several hours, with unclaimed bodies still lying on the streets, while one man said he had “personally helped bury 61 bodies on Sunday, with the total number of buried bodies on Sunday being 351 in total”. News of the Amhara killings comes days after the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission accused security forces of summarily executing residents in Gambella, suspecting them of collaborating with OLA fighters who attacked the southwestern region last week.
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